For many, when they think of Fortnum’s, they think of Christmas. Well, we are the home of Christmas after all, and have been for a long time – as the warm words from our old friend Mr Dickens attests.
While we didn't start taking out ads in the press until the 1860s, Fortnum’s was still THE place to come in the early Victorian era at Christmastime. As proof that we have always been purveyors and pioneers of wonderful things to enjoy during the festive season, just take a look at this exotic feature from 1814.
“NEW FOREIGN FRUITS, just landed. A great variety of foreign fruits of superior quality. Imperial Plums, Muscatel Raisins bunchy for table, Portugal Grapes, Pomegranates, Jordan Almonds, Comarda Figs, Prunes, French Plums, book boxes, French preserves, small pots, French Fruits in Jelly, green Madeira Citron, preserved West India ginger and green sweetmeats, tamarinds for table, preserved limes, guava jelly, large Spanish chesnuts, pistachio nuts, cashew nuts, pindar nuts, hickory nuts, almonds in shell, French and Spanish olives, French dried pears. The whole of the above are in the highest perfection and in small packages for family use or for sending in the country at Fortnum & Co’s, Piccadilly.”
- The Morning Post , December 20.