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I purchased the Marks and Spencer 12 Piece Fuji Dinner set about six months ago, We had some lovely Ikea plates before but they were all chipped and we ended up with an odd number of large plates so no good for having friends over!
The dinner set is from Marks and Spencer, a renowned high street retailed with a good reputation for affordable, luxury items. I had been looking for quite awhile for the perfect dinner set, which had to be predominantly black to match the rest of my kitchen and crockery. This 12 piece set contains 4 dinner plates, 4 side plates and 4 bowls and retails at £49.50, though we managed to get ours with 20% off in an in-store event so we paid nearer £39. The set comes boxed with protective packaging to keep them safe and in mint condition.
The Fuji dinner set comes in beige and black and I went for the latter. The set comprises 12 pieces, the dinner and side plates have a rounded shape, with the central area being flat and the sides being round and ridged. This gives them a nice textured and makes them look more detailed than simply being a flat surface. These edges are black in colour and the main and central area of the plate is white. The bowls are white and smooth inside, with the outside being ridged and black in colour matching the plates. The white on the crockery area is quite glossy, with the black being an almost charcoal matt shade. This is a really nice looking set of crockery, it has both a classic yet minimalist appearance and oozes quality.
The dinner plates have dimensions of 28.5 cm diameter, the side plates 23 cm ad the bowls 14 cm diameter. The slightly rounded edges on the plates means that any sauces you have with your meals won't go tipping off the edges easily, which is good when you're sat on the sofa watching tv as I often do! The side plates are a decent size for generous snacks, again with rounded edges. I am most impressed with the bowls, they are nicely curved and tall and can easily fit a large carton of soup in no problem. The all stack together nice and neatly in the cupboard.
This crockery set is made from 100% stoneware, which is what really attracted me to them in the first place. They feel heavy and hard wearing and solid as a rock, which is exactly what I was looking for after my last set. As I said I have had these for about 6 months and so far *touches wood* there is not a single chip on them, nor is there any sign of wear and tear. They look exactly as they did the day I bought them, which I am really impressed by.
Also available in the Fuji set - Mugs £4
Pasta Bowls £5
Cup and saucer £6
Individual dinner plates (£5), side plate (£4) and bowls (£4) are also available to buy, so any mishaps and you can replace them easily. These are available in Marks and Spencer stores and online at www.marksandspencer.com.