Britain: Ah, Those Colonials

During that "glorious time of great too much," as Poet Leigh Hunt described an English Christmas, the groaning board of the rich and titled is customarily supplied by a unique emporium named Fortnum & Mason Ltd. Fortnum's is the world's only grocery with wall-to-wall carpeting, chandeliers and morning-coated clerks, who preside over stacks of specialty foods that can quickly run a grocery order to sky-high figures. Christmas accounts for 25% of Fortnum's business; last week 700 employees hustled to fill orders from eminent customers for such items as Beluga caviar ($44 a lb.), Stilton cheese, smoked Scotch salmon and...

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