Have you tried Fortnum and Mason? Seeped in good old English tradition, this is a boutique tea shop and fine-dining venue rolled into one. Pinky up, its time for tea!
Located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai (next to The Address Hotel and Dubai Mall), Fortnum & Mason offers a picturesque setting with a fine dining experience apt for the perfect Englishman.
The story behind Fortnum and Mason is quite legendary.
William Fortnum was the footman for Queen Annie, and happened to be boarding at Mr. Mason’s, the owner of a small grocery store.
It was the insistence of the Queen to have fresh candles every night that gave birth to this illustrious brand.
Enterprising Fortnum realized there was business to be made from all the half-used candles, and joined hands with Mason.
These were humble beginnings. Before long, Fortnum and Mason had earned a reputation for their excellent service and quality merchandise.
By 1744 Robert Clive discovered tea in East India, and soon introduced it to the British Empire. Fortnum and Mason were one of the pioneers in offering the finest quality teas across the UK.
The Fortnum and Mason store in Dubai is the only franchise outside the United Kingdom.
The Fortnum and Mason store in Dubai consists of three floors.
The Ground Floor is a well-stocked edition of Fortnum and Mason’s original Piccadilly store. Here you can find the choicest teas, biscuits, English jams, sweetmeats and chocolates. Feel free to sample as you go, and if you are on the lookout for a special gift, they have a bespoke hamper service anyone would be delighted to receive.
The First Floor is inspired by Fortnum and Mason’s famous ‘Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon’ in the UK. This is the floor where you can indulge in light lunches, devour classic afternoon teas and choose from an array of delectable choices from the all-day dining menu.
The Third Floor is haven to everyone with a sweet tooth.
Fortnum and Mason now offer an array of gluten-free and dairy-free desserts for the diet conscious. Fortnum’s glorious Parlour stocks a wide variety of ice creams and sorbets in a host of flavors including Apple, Blackcurrant, Passion Fruit, Raspberry and Lemon.
Fortnum’s beautifully developed ‘Made in London, Churned in Dubai’ ice cream also boasts a mouthwatering ensemble of gluten-free options; Raspberry Ripple, White Chocolate, Florentine, Salted Caramel, Rhubarb Ripple, Lemon Curd and even Orange Marmalade! So, if you’re looking for an intriguing ice cream, look no further.
Go on, spoil yourself at Fortnum and Masons today!