Our wooden boxes are hand crafted by Phil, our talented carpenter who, although retired has a penchant for making boxes! So we enlisted him to make them for us to use as hampers.
We then hand paint them with Annie Sloan colours and lacquer for durability. With a snug fitting lid once you have used the contents, they make great storage boxes.
The cardboard version is just as eye catching, covered to resemble the feature wall in the café they make great storage boxes as well after the contents has been consumed.
We pride ourselves that everything that comes in our boxes is recyclable or biodegradable. No plastic here!
All the perishable items are made in the kitchens at the café and any other produce used comes from no more than a 10-mile radius.
The Gorgeous Hampers Shop is currently closed until 2021
Meet our Gorgeous Hamper Makers!
Fiona Newton – Baker Extraordinaire!
Founder of The Kitchen and The Gorgeous Hamper Company, Fiona can usually be found in front of a stove or behind a mixing bowl, concocting delicious treats.
A classically-trained chef by trade, Fiona opened The Kitchen café in Tavistock in 2016. Its quirky interior and fabulous home-made lunches, brunches and afternoon tea, using only the very best local produce, have earned the café a dedicated foodie following.
Now Fiona has decided to extend her fantastic food range to customers wishing to ‘share the love’ with friends and family – by way of her Gorgeous Hampers.
Phil Allen – Cabinet Maker
Our beautiful boxes are hand-made locally by cabinet maker Phil Allen. Sourcing all materials locally and using ancient hand-crafting techniques learned from his grandfather whilst apprenticing in the family-run furniture business, Phil designs and individually crafts each box to hold what ever you desire.
Now happily retired from his very successful chair-making career, he enjoys taking the time to ensure each box for the Gorgeous Hamper Company is made with the same love, care and meticulous attention to detail that is the hallmark of a master craftsman.
Cheryl Russell – Kingston Preserves
I have always loved to cook and Kingston Preserves has grown out of a hobby that got a little out of control!
I began by selling my jams & chutneys outside my house. Then, with encouragement from family & friends, a small article in Devon Life mentioning my ‘delightful wayside stall’ and a postcard from Sierra Leone thanking me for my ‘delicious Strawberry Jam’, I plucked up the courage to start my business. So Kingston Preserves was born.
My first foray into selling was February 2016 at Ivybridge Market and since then I haven’t looked back. I now sell regularly at Tavistock Pannier Market, Ivybridge Artisan Market, Bere Alston Post Office & Shop, Dot-Teas in Tavistock Pannier Market, By The Park Cafe in Plymouth and Lukesland Gardens.
I also supply local holiday cottages, wedding favours and, last but certainly not least, I provide my products for The Gorgeous Hamper Company. You will also find me at food events throughout Devon.
I pride myself on being a local producer with everything made in small batches in my kitchen. We are lucky enough to have a space for a few chickens, a poly tunnel, greenhouses and large veg plot – all managed by my husband, Simon, a real team effort.
So wherever possible, I use our home-grown produce or I buy my ingredients as locally as I can. I also work with the seasons so if I run out of something you might have to wait a few months for a new batch to be made. To me this is important as I believe you can’t beat the taste of seasonal, home grown fruit & vegetables!