Fortnum & Mason at The Royal Exchange
Fortnum & Mason has 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 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, which sits alongside a new destination restaurant – The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant at The Royal Exchange. The latest evolution of Fortnum’s three centuries of history, this opening marks the ongoing growth of the retailer along with its commitment to London as a global financial capital.
Located in the al fresco-style surroundings of The Royal Exchange’s majestic central courtyard, The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant sits 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 goes 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 will also be on offer, including Welsh rarebit and Knickerbocker Glory. 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.
There will be more opportunities to taste, see and smell Fortnum’ s famous and rare blends of tea in the store itself, 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 site – 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 available to diners at The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant while customers are also able to shop online at www.fortnumandmason.com and collect from Fortnum & Mason at The Royal Exchange.
The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant at The Royal Exchange opened on 12th November 2018.
About Fortnum & Mason
A fixture in Piccadilly since 1707; Fortnum & Mason remains an essential London destination for anyone in search of extraordinary food, glorious gifts and unforgettable experiences. From the food halls confectionary counters at street level, to the beautiful fragrance, beauty and fashion floor, expertly-curated gentlemen’s department and refined Diamond Jubilee tea Salon above, Fortnum’s is committed to making the everyday special for each customer, whether they’re shopping in-store or from around the world at award-winning www.fortnumandmason.com.
Vision Commercial Kitchens
Vision Commercial Kitchens is one of the UK’s leading commercial kitchen design houses’ and distributors, specialising in delivering commercial kitchens from design through to installation and after sales service.
Vision was established in 2002 and has worked with many high-profile clients in the time since, creating an excellent relationship and reputation with major companies across the whole industry.
Working alongside Universal Design Studio, Vision recently completed the design of the bar for Fortnum & Mason at the Royal Exchange. Vision manufactured the bar framing, frontage, glass boxes, supplied and installed all the perimeter lighting and undertook the installation of 90% of the bar including the mechanical and electrical elements.
Jack Sharkey, Managing Director, said:
“It is always a great achievement to receive repeat work from a client and it is testament to the high-quality service we have provided. This project was incredibly complex and challenging both in respect of the operational requirements, being a listed building and the client’s aspirations and we felt we fully met the brief given. The finished product is an exceptional project.”
“At Vision we take great pride and care in providing what our clients expect, both in terms of attention to detail and service, always trying to go that extra mile.”