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Monday 28 October 2019

[AD] Best of British Artisan Food Hampers

Winter is fast approaching, and Christmas is just around the corner. I'm ashamed to say that I'm one of those annoying people that has already started the Christmas shopping, but most years I start off really organised in October, it starts to go downhill in November, and then I panic buy throughout December!

The British Hamper Company have the perfect solution for the less organised of us, whether it's for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries or just because. 

The Tod family business from Lincolnshire focuses on sourcing great food from artisan and independent British food producers, then packaging them in lovely gift boxes. The selection of hampers can be sent worldwide, with each product clearly showing the cost, including delivery to the selected country, and delivery date, without having to go hunting the site for this information.


Many of the carefully selected foods included in the hampers are 'Great Taste' award winning and Fair Trade certified, and most of all they're delicious. I've sampled a few of the products from the hampers and so far my favourites are the Skinny Coated dark chocolate almonds by Mighty Fine, and the Kent & Fraser Cherry, Pecan & Poppy Seed Toast, both in the Gourmet Produce of London Gift hamper. I also loved the inclusion of a couple of bars of Willie's Cacao chocolate in the Artisan Chocolate Selection as, despite following Willie Harcourt-Cooze's chocolate making journey on tv over 10 years ago (Willie's Wonky Chocolate Factory if you've not heard of it), I've never actually tried a bar of the chocolate, and it didn't disappoint.


Everything in the hampers I received are the types of products you would find at artisan food markets or in farm shops, and the hampers would make great gifts for lovers of gourmet UK produced foods and alcohol gift sets. I also particularly liked the strong boxes, printed with a uniquely British design, that the foods were presented in as they can be re-used for gifting or as storage or memory boxes. The larger box has a removable lid and the smaller ones have a magnetic closing folded lid.

Overall the hampers are a lovely choice of gift for gourmet food lovers. They are not a cheap option (ranging from £40 up to £800!) but they definitely have that touch of luxury, and are an extremely convenient gift especially if you're sending overseas.

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