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Testers Keepers: Fortnum & Mason's Picnic Hamper review by Maria Roberts

Posted on 04 September 2023

Fortnums Picnic Hamper set

The Fortnum and Mason Huntsman picnic hamper is a stunning and well-equipped companion for any outdoor trip. It's not just your average picnic basket - it's something special.

The attention to detail in the design is impressive, with the wicker hamper accented with practical canvas on the inside, leather trims, and a brushed gold clasp. Being of a medium size it fit easily into our car boot without taking up too much space.

I have to mention that this hamper is a bit on the heavy side, weighing in at 5.9kg but that's because it's made to be sturdy and durable. Just keep in mind that if you have a long way to carry it, it might be a bit of a hassle.

You get four enamel plates and mugs, and wine glasses, so you and three friends can enjoy your meal and drinks without any issues. The cups and plates look really nice in the signature Fortnum and Mason eau de nil green stripe and being enamel are unbreakable. The enamel cups would be good for soup too if you were enjoying a winter picnic.

The 'plastic' wine glasses have short stems, which is a clever feature to keep them stable and prevent any accidental spills. The two cutlery rolls are a nice touch, with four knives, forks, spoons, and cotton napkins.

The cutlery is dinner table worthy, not the usual plastic often provided in picnic sets. The hamper also comes with a flask, but I have to mention that it only fully fills three of the cups. Not a big deal if you prefer smaller cups of coffee or tea. I was pleasantly surprised to find a roomy insulated sandwich bag. Again, in matching F&M colours and I was able to fit 4 sandwich rolls in there easily.

A space for a small ice pack was handily incorporated into the lid. Plus, you get salt and pepper grinders, a high-quality waiter's friend corkscrew, and an extra bag for waste. It's clear that they've thought of everything to make your picnic experience complete and convenient.

Overall, the Fortnum and Mason Huntsman picnic hamper is a great combination of functionality, style, and durability. They haven't compromised with the choice of materials, and there's even enough space to add an extra bottle of wine, some pasta and salad sides, and even a dessert.

Whether you're planning a day at the park or the beach this hamper will make your outdoor dining experience even better. You'll feel well-prepared and satisfied with this eye-catching picnic companion.