I have to say I could not have been more excited to get this. Sometimes we just need to treat ourselves in life. A recent payment for some project work I had completed and a trip to London with friends led me to splash out on my own bit of English opulent glamour for myself – In the shape of a teacup and saucer. Yes you read right. This is not just any teacup and saucer though. it is a Fortnum and Mason – Fountain Heritage Teacup & Saucer £50.00.
As we know I’m a traditional English girl and I adore anything heritage and chic. There is nothing quite so quintessentially British as a cup of tea. Until now that tea has been from a le creuset mug, which in the tea world is like drinking wine out of a tumbler. it’s just not cricket. We know tea should be drunk out of bone china, and where best to go for this, but the tea wonder emporium which is Fortnums.
Tea always tastes better in bone china, and this classic bone china teacup and saucer set is a fine example of the ceramicist’s art. Made in England by William Edwards of Stoke-on-Trent, this cup and saucer set is part of Fortnum’s Fountain Heritage tea range, inspired by our famous Fountain restaurant. The elegant gold and eau-de-nil design features the Fountain’s famous egret.
Presented in an eau de nil box, this beautiful cup and saucer would make a much-appreciated gift for tea-lovers.
Everything about this I adore, from the wonderful box it came in with the red Fortnums ribbon to opening it and finding my wonderful (and costly wares) beautifully displayed surrounds and held by gold matching the decorations wonderfully. Even just that on its own was sheer decadence and luxury.
I could not adore the decoration on the cup more, in the wonderful Fortnum and Mason blue and gold and the two Egrets and the F&M logo. The saucer has just as much detail and is wonderfully large which is delicately balanced with the size of the bone china teacup. For me this is a intricate masterpiece in miniature. Though will only really be appreciated by those with the love of Fortnum and Mason. The big question? does the tea taste different? how can it not? there is truly no comparison between bone china and a stoneware mug.
Now where are the scones and finger sandwiches…..