Monday 19 November 2012

Lakeland Hamper Review - St Kew Teacup Gift Basket

I don't know about you, but I am a bit of a sucker for a hamper. As a child I remember my mother receiving a hamper each Christmas (typically from work) and it was always another sign that the Christmas season was upon us. Of course, it doesn't need to be Christmas for someone to enjoy a hamper - they can be enjoyed all year round, and they are the gift that keeps on giving as typically after the food is gone, you are left with a multi-functional basket or box of some description to use. 

Recently, Lakeland kindly sent me one of their St Kew Teacup Basket Hamper's to review. The Hamper arrived gift wrapped in cellophane and tied with a red bow. I must admit I felt a dash of excitement as I took the hamper out of the box and was greeted with a wonderful wicker tea-cup shaped bowl full of delicious treats.

Products Nestled in the wicker tea-cup bowl are: 
Strawberries & Cream Shortbread (200g).
Fabulous Oatie Flips (200g).
Strawberry & Champagne Conserve (227g).
English Breakfast Tea (10 bags).

Hubby and I decided to indulge ourselves with this wonderful hamper over an afternoon tea, and of course eldest was eager to get in on the act too. We had our first course of the biscuits served with breakfast tea. The strawberries and cream shortbread was absolutely divine, and the oaty flips just melted in the mouth. Hubby preferred the oatie flips, whilst eldest and I loved the straweberry cream shortbread which actually tasted really creamy.

Next we turned to our second course. We paired the Strawberry and Champagne Conserve with some fruity scones and cream. We loved the jam! The champagne in the jam gave an extra decadent flavour and tasted so delicious.

Now that the food is all gone, the teacup shaped basket makes a fabulous table decoration, fruit basket, talking piece, or perhaps even a pot planter!! For now it is sat on the table with some apples in.

This hamper retails at £16.99 and is suitable for vegetarians. For a limited time, Lakeland are offering 2 hampers for £29.99 - perfect for christmas gift giving!

I really liked the look of this hamper, however, I wondered about the addition of something else as the biscuits and tea go really well together, but you would need to add something to the jam to use it - perhaps some scones could also be featured? Having said that, it is still a great gift as it is and would be much enjoyed by someone who enjoys the ritual of afternoon tea.

Personally, rather than having a sweet tooth, I am more of a Cheese and Chutney kind of gal, and so having looked at the other hampers on their site, if you or your recipent prefer savoury food, this Cottage Delight Great British Cheeseboard Hamper looks so delicious and is also suitable for vegetarians - I am salivating at the thought of it!

I don't know about you, but I typically find that when it comes to gift giving, there is always at least one person who I haven't a clue what to buy for them. I often find that for any special occasion, there are friends and family, who have a house full of things and don't possibly need anything else. I think a Lakeland hamper would be the perfect gift choice for those awkward people in your life who are difficult to buy for. 

Lakeland have food gifts and hampers starting from just £4.99. Take a look at their Hampers for yourself as there really are some delicious gifts which are perfect for Christmas, or any other special occasion.

Thanks to Lakeland for sending me this hamper to review

Disclosure: Hamper offered in consideration for review

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