It would seem that there are amazing hampers and so so hampers, unfortunately the so so slightly sad hamper seems to be all too prevalent – you know the type; the ones which contain biscuits you do not really want to eat or a rather boring pot of chutney – all with twee contrived names, but with no real quality or substance. Happily Forman & Field fall into the first category and sent me a rather splendid hamper of treats to try out.
I am a Forman & Field regular – I first started buying their smoked fish several years back – they do a wide range of different fish and cures – it is the perfect present and I often take packets to my parents. Also along with many other bloggers I receive seasonal boxes from Knorr which are supplied by Forman & Field.
As well as smoking fish Formans work with a number of suppliers from all over the UK; top butchers, chocolatiers, cheesemongers, bakers etc so they can offer an excellent selection of fine foods from one shop, with one delivery charge. A fantastic one-stop internet shop.
The contents of my box were a selection of Forman’s favourites – picked specially for me and they got it pretty spot on with:-
Genuine Wild & London Cure Smoked Scottish Salmon
Delicious and interesting to compare the two – the wild was fully flavoured, almost gamey, but creamy soft in texture, a treat. The London cure was light in salt, gentler in flavour and smoke.
Lobster meat topped with lobster infused clarified butter – a little goes a long way.
Chocolate Brownies & Banana Bread
Miniature loaves- perfect for one greedy person or for two to share.
Intensely lemony – but we thought a little runny
Made by a small scale producer in Nottinghamshire, great texture and favour, crumbly texture – I thought possibly carved a little too thinly.
Also included were chocolates from Paul Gregory, Mrs King’s Pork Pie and a selection of perfectly ripe cheeses from Neal’s Yard Dairy. With previous boxes my mother was very impressed with sausages from Musk’s of Newmarket and I have had a delicious piece of Welsh beef.
All my goodies came nestled in a sturdy wicker hamper, in an insulated box, with one of the packets of smoked salmon tied to inside of the lid. Charming presentation. The empty hamper is useful for storage, although mine has been donated to a friend’s children and is doing excellent service keeping at least some of the tide of brightly coloured plastic in check.
I’d not hesitate to recommend a hamper of goodies from Forman & Field to anyone, I’d actually love to receive another one myself. They have a range of Christmas hampers, or you can contact them and ask them to put together a bespoke selection.
Many thanks to Forman & Field for my hamper of deliciousness. All opinions are our own, we were not required to write a positive review.