Spring Snapshot | Easter (Scotch) Eggs at Fortnum’s The Royal Exchange
In celebration of Easter, Fortnum & Mason reflects on its culinary heritage with a sweet reimagining of the iconic Scotch Egg (first invented by the store’s chefs in 1738): the Praline Chocolate Scotch Egg. As indulgent as it is innovative, this Simnel-flavoured milk chocolate praline egg includes a smooth orange ganache centre, coated in roasted hazelnuts and cocoa nibs, presented on a bed of hay inside its box.
“Fortnum’s has been at the forefront of many gastronomic inventions over the last 300 years and the original Scotch Egg is a special part of our history. Invented in 1738, Fortnum’s was producing ready-made dishes like pork pies for travellers and the Scotch Egg was one of those foods that was perfectly convenient to fit in a handkerchief or pocket on the go. Today the Scotch Egg remains as popular as ever as a delicious meal on the move and this Easter, Fortnum’s has launched the exciting Easter Praline Chocolate Scotch egg, an innovative take on the original Scotch Egg.”
Dr. Andrea Tanner, Fortnum’s in-house historian and archivist.
Available in-store and online, customers working in the City of London are invited to The Royal Exchange for a first-hand look at this modern icon, and to enjoy the seasonal fare at Fortnum’s newest outpost. And don’t forget that Walpole members can also enjoy 50% off afternoon tea at The Royal Exchange by clicking here.
About Fortnum & Mason at The Royal Exchange
In November 2018, Fortnum & Mason opened up their newest outpost at one of the world’s most iconic centres of trade, The Royal Exchange. After years of close ties with the City through its Concierge service, Fortnum’s brings the exceptional hospitality and gifting for which it is world-famous straight to London’s financial centre. This is the fourth UK store for Fortnum & Mason, and sits alongside a new destination restaurant – The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant at The Royal Exchange. The latest evolution in Fortnum’s three centuries of history, this opening marks the ongoing growth of the retailer along with its commitment to London as a global finance capital. Opening in the al fresco-style surroundings of The Royal Exchange’s majestic central courtyard, The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant seats up to 90 covers, allowing for both table and counter dining.
The ambiance is one of understated sophistication, intimacy, and warmth, while the seasonal and contemporary menu that runs from breakfast through to dinner. Diners can enjoy a luxurious offering of caviar, shellfish, and smoked salmon – hand-carved at the counter – along with light, raw, and vegan offerings. Produce is fresh from the famous Food Halls, such as Fortnum’s exclusive Glenarm beef – cooked using the on-site Josper Grill – while classic Fortnum’s dishes which are also on offer, including Welsh Rarebit and Knickerbocker Glory.
The food is served alongside an extensive and curated wine and Champagne list, in addition to cocktails, floats, and digestives. In keeping with the brand’s traditions, The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant is the perfect spot for an excellent cup of tea – and visitors can enjoy one that has been specially blended for exclusive sale at The Royal Exchange. Made up of malty Assam and refreshing Ceylon, the traditional black tea is similar to the iconic Royal Blend, with the addition of very special Yunnan Golden Buds.
The store itself offers opportunities to taste, see, and smell Fortnum’s famous and rare blends of tea thanks to prominent tea sensory experience tables offering flavour notes, along with counter steampunks. Specially built units showcase tea pairings with some of Fortnum’s most famous products, including preserves, honeys, and of course, biscuits.
Across the rest of the beautiful 2,368 sq ft space – designed by the award-winning Universal Design Studio – Fortnum’s iconic hampers are joined by a refined edit of more recognised and beloved products, including wines and spirits, and fresh food. A personal shopping service is also available to diners at The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant, while customers can also shop online at fortnumandmason.com, and collect from Fortnum & Mason at The Royal Exchange.