The unmistakeable marble floor of The Wolseley has been on a multifarious journey, in spirit if not in distance. The black and white chevrons laid to give a lavish Italianate feel to the home of Wolseley Motors in 1921 was soon playing host to queues of Barclays Bank customers after the car company went bankrupt in 1926. Only in 2003 did the building step into its current gourmet shoes, but its marble floor’s adventure continues, by making its way onto a customisable gift box for the bottles of Pommery Brut Royal NV that the restaurant’s new shop is selling as part of its Christmas gift collection.
The champagne is being sold with a box of 25 handmade truffles (£72), each made with a cognac-infused ganache and rolled in Feuilletine, although just as striking as that chevron box are the individually sourced vintage silver-plated coffee and teapots (£235), similar to those used in The Wolseley. There is also an elegant silver-plated swivel tea strainer (£49), which features The Wolseley monogram on the handle.
To accompany the silverware there are three tea and coffee gift sets (from £18.75), all presented in sleek black tins (two with Chinoiserie detailing) that include the restaurant’s most popular blends (English Breakfast, Afternoon Blend and Earl Grey) and a high-grade Arabica – some of which can also be found in the range of hampers. The Wolseley Breakfast Hamper (£150) includes filter coffee, English Breakfast tea, honey, strawberry jam, lemon curd, orange marmalade, granola, a gift card for breakfast at the restaurant, and the late AA Gill’s book Breakfast at The Wolseley, while the Christmas Hamper (£350) steps up the festive celebrations with the Pommery, bottles of Médoc and The Wolseley Sancerre 2016, a panoply of biscuits, a Christmas pudding and six Christmas crackers.
The wines (including the 2011 Médoc from Château La Tour de By and the 2016 Sancerre from André Dezat et Fils) are also available separately (£62 for the pair) or in gift boxes with six shapely crystal glasses (£185).
Most festive of all, though, is The Wolseley candle (from £49), a deep, smoky blend of cedarwood and patchouli, its soy wax hand poured into matt black glass and set off with a gold label that features, once again, that chevron floor design, this time spun out into the shape of a star.