What? Found in Belgravia, luxury chocolate shop, R Chocolate is the creation of self-confessed chocolate addicts, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, Jessica Rothschild and Ben Elliot (co -founder of Quintessentially).
New? Yes, it launched at the end of last year.
Where? 198 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 8UN, www.rchocolatelondon.co.uk
On the Menu: In a single word: chocolate. Created from the highest quality ingredients and never using preservatives or additives, the chocolate is sourced from the award-winning chocolate makers Original Beans – they’re the first and only chocolate producer approved by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. You’ll find chocolate slabs, biscuits, chocolate bars, chocolate bites and cakes. We’re talking about the likes of apple and blackberry cheesecakes; white chocolate and toasted coconut ganache dipped in house dark chocolate, hazelnut and almond chocolate slabs; chocolate sables and milk chocolate muscovado caramel bars. The menu is extensive so if you have trouble making decisions, don’t just drop in – you’ll need time to choose.
First Impressions: With its glowing, warm lighting and its chocolate filled windows, R Chocolate made the best first impression. Visiting on a weekday afternoon, there were a few tables, but the atmosphere was quiet and relaxed – what it’s like at the weekend I’m yet to discover.
The Look: Large windows are laden with chocolate, tables are filled with different chocolates and an old dresser is filled with teas and packages of chocolate – it has the feel of a sweet shop from yesteryear, a vintage clock adorns the wall and pendant lights hang over the curved counter (which unsurprisingly is filled with more chocolate). There is plenty of space to sit too, over a mug of hot chocolate or a Chocca-Roo- Brow tea, with red, leather banquettes and booths running down one side of the wall.
What We Ate: We went for the classic afternoon tea, which does away with sandwiches and launches straight into the chocolate and cakes, so prepare for a sugar rush. Scones were dotted with cacao nibs and came with plenty of clotted cream and strawberry jam. Classic cakes were done well, a lemon drizzle cake, a dense mini chocolate loaf, a light Victoria sponge with Chantilly cream and strawberry jam and a cherry Battenberg with marzipan. Winners however were an 80% Grand Cru mousse, hazelnut biscuit with a sea salt caramel centre and a mini raspberry trifle with a raspberry jelly, custard and raspberry coulis.
What We Drank: We added chocolate to chocolate with two mugs of decadent, sweet white hot chocolate. If you want something a little more refined, you can opt for a glass of Champagne with your afternoon tea or CIAB – a French sparkling wine infused with chocolate.
Go With: This one is easy: anyone who is a fan of chocolate.
Final Word: On Saturday and Sundays they run different courses such as patisserie course, sea salt caramel course and they can also host children’s parties, give them a visit or send an email.