Hidden away on Conduit Street, just off Regent Street is every traditional Englishman’s dream. The East India Company, established 400 years ago, stocks a tantalising variety of teas, coffees, biscuits, jams, marmalades and mustards. For the uncertain gift-buyer, sweets, chocolates, gift sets, luxury hampers and accessories await.
In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, English merchant adventurers were drawn to the lure and promise of the East. Travelling to India, Burma, Malaya, Java, Indo-China and onwards, they brought home treasures of every kind. Conduit Street now offers a taste of this adventure.
The East India Company has a 400 year old library of recipes, ships logs and correspondence. Working with food historian Robin Weir, the company is sourcing original recipes and re-introducing them, using the finest artisan food producers. Using artisan food makers in the north of England, they have already launched the authentic English digestive biscuit and original recipe Mustard. Recommended by the editor is the Staunton Earl Grey Tea made using Bergamot and Neroli essential oils - one of the earliest recipes for Earl Grey and an eclectic delight for the palette far removed from the hum drum of everyday PG tips.