Feeding London’s obsession with bao, one bun at a time is Mr Bao in Peckham and they’ve got a real chocolaty delight on the menu for Chocolate Week!
CHOCOLATE WEEK ROUND UP 2018 // 10.10.18
CANTON TEA PARTNERS WITH THE WOLSELEY ON A CHOCOLATE AFTERNOON TEA
Launching mid-October, The Wolseley will introduce a ‘Chocolate Afternoon Tea’, in partnership with Canton Tea’s ‘Chocolate Tea’ for just £29.75. For the first time, the restaurant’s pastry team have created a menu that combines the savoury elements of a traditional afternoon tea with the sweet notes of white, milk and dark chocolate. Alongside traditional finger sandwich offerings, expect new additions such as roast beef with pumpernickel & cocoa bread. Sultana scones will be served warm with strawberry jam and, especially for this new menu, a white chocolate cream. Then comes an assortment of pastries, including a dark chocolate and raspberry éclair, a milk chocolate orange tart and a white chocolate & passion fruit delice. And to enjoy throughout, a choice of teas including Canton Tea’s Chocolate Tea – an exceptional blend of loose leaf Assam and Yunnan, Peruvian cocoa nibs and Madagascan vanilla.
THE WOLSELEY’S CHOCOLATE TEA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CANTON TEA
For those who wish to warm up this Chocolate Week, why not reach for a comforting cup of chocolate tea? Canton Tea, luxury wholesale supplier to the premium hospitality sector, is delighted to partner on an exclusive range of teas with The Wolseley, one of London’s best loved restaurants from Corbin & King. The Chocolate Loose Leaf Tea Tin (£21.95) is the perfect blend for adventurous tea drinkers. The Chocolate Tea is both indulgent and luxurious, a velvety, rich blend of Indian Assam and Chinese Yunnan black loose-leaf teas expertly combined with Peruvian cocoa nibs and Madagascan vanilla.
The tea is available to purchase from The Wolseley Shop – online, Piccadilly restaurant, Bicester Village as well as key retailers: Selfridges, Fenwick, Harrods and Mr Porter.
TUCK INTO BREAD AHEAD’S VELVET CHOCOLATE DOUGHNUT, OR LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN!
Famous for their scrumptiously stuffed sourdough doughnuts, pick up a Velvet Chocolate Bread Ahead doughnut from the Borough Market, Chelsea or Soho stores to indulge this Chocolate Week. Fancy taking it further? Book into one of Bread Ahead’s doughnut workshops to master the craft of doughnut making yourself.
CHOCOLATE EXTRAVAGANZA AT SANDERSON
Sanderson is celebrating National Chocolate Week from 8th-21st October in collaboration with William Curley MCA. Chocolate will be honoured throughout the hotel with an exclusive chocolate menu in The Restaurant featuring cocoa influenced dishes, a chocolate masterclass in the kitchen where guests will gain hands on experience crafting artisanal chocolate truffles, bespoke chocolate cocktails at Long Bar and even an indulgent chocolate spa treatment from the Agua Spa team. Curley is also designing a spectacular chocolate sculpture to be displayed in the lobby, bringing the focus of National Chocolate Week to the heart of the hotel. Situated moments from Oxford Circus, this will be the central destination for all chocolate-lovers this October. www.sandersonlondon.com
VALRHONA CHOCOLATE “BOUNTY” AT THE GAME BIRD
Join The Game Bird in celebrating all things chocolatey with this beautiful dessert created by Magdalena Kubańska, The Stafford’s ultra-talented head pastry chef. The Valrhona chocolate “Bounty” joins the menu especially for National Chocolate Week in a playful twist on the much-loved British chocolate bar. A coconut mousse sits atop a chocolate sponge, accompanied by a refreshing coconut sorbet resulting in a dessert that is at once decadent and light. https://thestaffordlondon.com/the-game-bird/
PLEASE SIR, CAN I HAVE S’MORE?
Feeding London’s obsession with bao, one bun at a time is Mr Bao in Peckham and they’ve got a real chocolaty delight on the menu for Chocolate Week! They’re deep frying a bao bun until it’s golden and crisp, before topping it with a toasted marshmallow, crushed biscuit and lashings of oozy melted chocolate – the ultimate smore. www.mrbao.co.uk/
ENJOY CHOCOLATE DELIGHTS ACROSS JASON ATHERTON’S RESTAURANTS DURING CHOCOLATE WEEK
Jason Atherton is celebrating Chocolate Week in style with a selection of chocolate dishes spanning across his London restaurants. Fancy a lunchtime treat? Head to Social 24 in The City, with iconic views of the London skyline, to try the Valrhona chocolate mousse as part of their lunch menu. Alternatively, go to Hai Cenato in Victoria for an Italian inspired dessert of baked 70% chocolate & coffee fondant with puffed rice, butterscotch & vanilla gelato (£8.50). Jason’s flagship restaurant, Pollen Street Social will be serving up their bitter chocolate pave with an olive biscuit and olive oil ice-cream (£13), whilst Social Eating House in Soho have created a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired cocktail called Chocolate River Punch. Made with Augustus’s Chocolate River Punch Bulleit bourbon, Dark chocolate, Agricol rhum, fudge and chocolate milk (£12) it is the perfect chocolately treat! http://www.jasonatherton.co.uk/
PERUVIAN CHOCOLATE TREATS AT LIMA
Fancy something a little bit different this Chocolate Week? Head to the Michelin-starred Peruvian restaurant Lima for their Chocolate Mousse. Made with avocado, 75% chocolate and a hit of rocoto pepper (£9) this fresh Peruvian dessert is a great alternative to a traditional chocolate mousse. Served with beautiful edible flowers, Lima has created a dish for that all-important Instagram shot! www.limalondongroup.com/fitzrovia
Chocolate Afternoon Tea at St Martins Lane
The Den at St Martins Lane is transforming its afternoon tea into a chocolate lover’s heaven in celebration of National Chocolate Week from 8th-21st October. The tea will include The Rocher – a praline choux covered in milk chocolate and filled with hazelnut cream, and a Chocolate tart with passion fruit and dark chocolate ganache, amongst other sweet and savoury delights. Chocoholics can choose from pairing it with unlimited Hotel Chocolat Hot Chocolate (£40), a Signature Gin and Tonic (£39.50) or a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne (£42.50). Stmartinslanelondon.com
INDULGENCE IN PLUM + SPILT MILK, KINGS CROSS
Plum + Spilt Milk at Great Northern Hotel serves traditional British cuisine with a modern touch, and this is no exception for National Chocolate Week. The Dark chocolate mousse, cherry sorbet, Griotte cherries and honeycomb (£9) on the paired pudding menu is the perfect rich and indulgent choice. Partnered with a class of Recioto della Valpolicella (£8.50), this is ideal for those with a sweet tooth. www.plumandspiltmilk.com/
HEAD TO THE CORNISH COAST THIS CHOCOLATE WEEK
Spending this Chocolate Week in Cornwall? Why not head to Paul Ainsworth’s Michelin-starred No.6 in Padstow to try his chocolate dessert. Made with Michel Cluiziel’s 100% chocolate and served with pistachios, olive oil sponge and caramac (£12), the chocolate gives the dish bitter notes, lifted by the sweet caramac whilst the pistachios add a beautiful crunch! www.paul-ainsworth.co.uk/number6
‘CHOC-TAIL’ WEEK AT FRENCHIE
If you’re in need for a choc-tail fix, Frenchie at Covent Garden has got you covered. Gregory Marchand’s stylish and elegant celebration of Chocolate week, with his sophisticated ‘Fall in Manhattan’ (£13) chocolate cocktail. Perfect for all occasions, created using Buffalo Trace Bourbon washed with brown butter, Maley Cider Vermouth and Mozart Dark Chocolate liqueur. It’s sure to fulfil your Chocolate desires.
CHOCOLATE AND PEAR PIZZA FRITTA AT RADICI
Those fortunate enough to have tried Radici’s savoury pizza fritta will know that there’s something exceedingly decadent and delicious about a deep-fried pizza. So especially for Chocolate Week chef Francesco Mazzei has created a sweet version that replaces the melted cheese and tomato with an oozing pear and molten chocolate centre. After deep frying, the sweet dough is dusted in icing sugar and rich cocoa to create the ultimate chocoholic’s dream. www.radici.uk
CHOCOLATE AND PISTACHIO DOUGHNUTS AT FIUME
This year for Chocolate Week Francesco Mazzei’s riverside restaurant Fiume is offering a particularly spoiling addition to the dessert menu. A fluffy, glazed doughnut ring topped with smooth pistachio ice cream coated in rich chocolate sauce and a roasted pistachio crumb. The pistachio doughnut is the perfect sweet treat to finish a meal and is priced at £8. www.fiume-restaurant.co.uk
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