I was really intrigued when the team at Spicers offered to send me a St George’s Day hamper. I think it’s the first time I’ve come across one, although that could just be lazy research on my behalf. And with so many great English producers I thought it could be something fantastic.
And to be fair, it does contain some very English flavours. I always think of lemon curd as traditionally English, even if we are short on native lemons. And we might have imported chutney from the travels of our ancestors, but we do it so well (come on, who else has a jar of Branston hidden away?)
But I have to be honest, this wouldn’t be a hamper I would choose for myself, or to send one of my friends. I would possibly send it to someone of my mum’s generation, as it feels pretty old school. I don’t own any lacy jam jar covers, and don’t really feel the need to start a collection. I’m also not fond of private label goods like this, as I do like to know the provenance.
For the right person, it could make a good gift, as all the products taste nice enough, and the wooden trug will come in useful when it’s time to cut flowers from the garden. Just as soon as I have the weeds under control!