April Spotlight: Best of British


Alison Gardiner, British Illustrator and Entrepreneur, launched her range of Fine Bone China Diamond Jubilee Collectables this Spring.


This delightful range includes a commemorative mug, superb plates and a fabulous Teapot featuring the Queen in her Royal Gold Coach travelling to St Paul’s Cathedra. Each item has a 22 Carat Gold Rim finish.

Alison Gardiner

We are delighted to stock Alison Gardiner range as part of our Best of British homewares selection.

HP Sauce Fact: We consume on average 1 bottle per 4 homes a year, making a whopping 28million bottles a year (and it is Halal certified).

Our Best of British Collection

We’ve not just gone out to find products with the Union Jack on, but instead find British Inspired Products as well as British Designers, Illustrators, Artists and Manufacturers to champion and showcase in our first collection of Best of British homewares on Roman at Home. With a second collection of designers, manufacturers and British inspired products arriving by the summer.

Featuring Navigate’s, Coastal Inspired range of Picnic Hampers, Newcastle based photographer, Sarah Deane’s Seaside and Fairground Prints, through to handmade Kitchen Memo Boards by Janet Shaw.


Best of British

Are you a British designer or manufacturer? You can still get involved with our Best of British Homewares by reading our open invite.

Several secret underground rivers flow underneath London, including one under the Oval Cricket Ground!

Can You Guess?

Which famous sauce brand was created by the British and originally made in Britain? HP, Hellman’s or Heinz.

Answer: HP!

HP SauceHP (Now owned by Heinz) is the UK’s No.1 brown sauce and was originally invented in 1899. After being used in the restaurants of the House of Parliament. At the turn of the 20th Century it was named HP.

Film Review


Pirates FilmFrom the Aardman team, The Pirates film is one of the best showcases of British cinema talent this year.

With Hugh Grant in the Pirate Captain lead role alongside an all star cast, this is a fun family film by a truly British creative team.

Released in March, and still showing across the UK.
Rated: U
Check your local cinema for listings & prices.

Tip of the Month

If you are starting to think about a Jubilee Party or even a British Summer Party then think ahead with what you are going to serve and be a British success… Some of our favourite Royal British Nibbles:

  • Victoria Sponge Cake… Named after Queen Victoria as she fancied a slice with Afternoon Tea.
  • Coronation Chicken… Invented for the Queen Elizabeth II coronation in 1953.
  • Cucumber Sandwiches… Serve with your Victorian Afternoon Tea

We Love these!

We loved the recent Mary’s Bottom Line on Channel 4 which championed the old-fashioned and experienced British textile industry by producing a truly British collection of Kinky Knickers available from Boots (where £1 from every pair goes to MacMillan Cancer Support).

Kinky Knickers

£10 from Boots (Check for Stock)


April Book

What we’re reading…

An Utterly Impartial History of Britain (or 2000 years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge) By John O’Farrell

We’re celebrating all things British, so what better time to take a look back through British History, but with a humorous twist. Referred to as the Horrible History for adults, this book gives a real insight into the weird and wonderful history of our small island, all presented in an informative, entertaining and witty tale that is packed with fascinating and great characters.

From £7.99 (Paperback) with ISBN 978-0-552-77396-6

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