I received a hamper of gourmet Scottish food from the British Hamper Company, in exchange for a review post.
Regular readers will know that I’m a champion of Scottish produce, so when the British Hamper Company invited me to review one of their luxury Scottish themed food hampers, I was keen to see which artisan producers they rated!
The British Hamper Company describe themselves as a family business which specialise in the worldwide delivery of luxury British gift baskets and food hampers. The business was set up by the Tod family who have shared enthusiasm for great food, British individuality and a love of gift giving. From fine orange marmalade to cheddar cheese crackers, The British Hamper Company exclusively source food from Britain’s best artisan food producers, much of which is award winning and all of which is delicious. The British Hamper Company offer delivery to over 50 countries worldwide.
I received the Gourmet Scottish Fayre hamper, which retails at £59.00, including delivery costs to the UK mainland, and was filled with both well known and ‘new to me’ artisan producers from around Scotland.
Hampers are a brilliant gift idea that can really encapsulate a theme or place, and in the past I have put together Christmas and birthday food hampers, (like when we went to Orkney in 2016). However I have to say that the British Hamper Company do all the hard work for you in assembling fine artisan food, many items of which are winners of Great Taste awards.
My hamper arrived – perfectly encased in bubblewrap and tightly secured in a well-fitting box. The only thing that I wasn’t keen on is the design of the box considering the theme of the box – I would have much preferred to have seen some kind of Scottish design for a Scottish themed hamper, but it’s a really sturdy box and no doubt fits well for the other themed hampers and food baskets from around the UK.
Along with a fancy royal blue ribbon, there’s a thoughtful personalised card, and a gift tag which also tells you the earliest best before date contained in the gourmet hamper. so you can know what to eat first. Most items had at least 6 months on their best before date.
There’s a really good mix of sweet and savoury items from around Scotland, well packed in wood wool packaging and layered so you have to explore the whole box to make sure you’ve found all the goodies!
The first familiar face in the box were a sharing bag of Mackie’s crisps from potatoes grown in Perthshire. Mr B was delighted to receive this flavour that he hadn’t tried before!
Four of the items are going to be kept for a special occasion cheeseboard where we can pair some Scottish cheeses and chutneys with Stornoway Water Biscuits from Stag Bakeries, Rosemary Biscuits from McKenzie’s Biscuits in Aberdeenshire, Traditional Scottish Oatcakes from Duncan’s of Deeside, and Cheese Sables from Pea Green Boat (Shortbread House) in Edinburgh!
Also included in our cheeseboard will be the Poachers Pickle from Galloway Lodge Preserves – a tomato and apple based chutney made in Gatehouse of Fleet in Galloway!
Moving onto the sweet items we received, we received Galloway Lodge Preserves Raspberry Jam and Seville Orange Marmalade. I can’t wait to try these on my morning toast, or maybe include them in some home baking!
A ‘new to me’ brand is Nudie which have a whole range of energy-filled and good for you snacks. It’s versatile as it can be added to porridge, home baking, icecream… the list goes on!
Shortbread House has won no less than 82 Great Taste awards for their range of shortbread, biscuits and oaties, which includes their original shortbread. We shared these with American friends who had never seen the 80s classic film Local Hero, and they were big fans of both the film and shortbread alike!
Our final additions to our gourmet hamper were two bars of COCO Chocolate from Edinburgh, where “creativity and cocoa collide”! Delicious sustainably produced chocolate is enveloped by designs created by artists.
I was really impressed with the breadth of produce that the British Hamper Company had put together into their Gourmet Scottish Fayre Hamper. It’s certainly a company that I would trust if I was ordering gifts for friends or family!
Thanks to the British Hamper Company for providing me with a hamper to review, along with the credited images used in this post. To buy a hamper visit https://www.britishhamper.com/uk/ and to keep track of all that’s new in their food gifts and hamper range, follow their Twitter | Facebook | Instagram pages!