Sharon Reid

 

It’s National Chocolate Week 12th -18th October can I get a whoop whoop! All you hardened chocoholics out there don’t need any excuses to indulge in your favourite confectionary, however if you require a little guidance when it comes to checking out what cocoa delights are in store then please read on…..

Chocolate cake served down the pubChocolate and Porter Cake -IMG_6970

Admittedly I don’t readily associate chocolate with pubs, however, The Hour Glass, a new pub situated in salubrious South Kensington has Chocolate and Porter Cake on the menu, served with a delectable cornflake ice cream and honeycomb – a perfect way to conclude a meal during Chocolate Week or any week. For further information please visit: www.hourglasspub.co.uk

French classicHalva Madeleines

Find out why Fulham residents find Halva bakery’s Chocolate Madeline’s so irresistible, perhaps it’s the fact that they are baked freshly every day and made from the finest French ingredients. This French classic has been given a chocolate makeover in honour of National Chocolate Week. For further information please visit: www.halvabakery.co.uk

Double choc Italian style

Avista @ The Millenium Hotel

After you have fuelled up on dishes from the rustic contemporary menu at Avista, opt for either (or both) the Tiramisu with hazelnut crumble and chocolate or the Dark Valrhona chocolate 70% sphere, pistachio and mandarin – both desserts have been recently unveiled as part of the new autumn menu. For reservations and further information please visit: www.avistarestaurant.com

Reconstructed chocolate mousseKurobuta Chocolate Mousse

Contemporary Japanese restaurant Kurobuta have done a sterling job re-inventing the traditional chocolate mousse with their Kuro Mori: super light hot choc mousse with Cherry-shochu sorbet, boozy cherries, vanilla crème and green tea eat crunchy or perhaps with a Mr Whippy served with white choc liqueur and candied nuts – double yum! For reservations and further information please visit: www.kurobuta-london.com

Luxury chocolate suitable for special dietary needs

Vegans, vegetarians and those following a halal or kosher diet need not feel neglected during National Chocolate Week, with Arabica’s Luxury chocolate dates stuffed with almonds, available nationwide from Marks & Spencer, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods and Selfridges. For a full list of stockists or if you prefer to purchase online please visit: shop.arabicafoodandspice.com

‘Death by Chocolate’ cocktailBluebird - Death by Chocolate

Some folks swear that when they taste chocolate they have ‘died and gone to heaven!’ To experience this, treat yourself to Bluebird’s ‘Death by Chocolate’ – a special edition cocktail only available during National Chocolate Week. This delicious cocktail features chocolate raspberry vodka, herring cherry liqueur, chambord, fresh strawberry, shaken with Mozart chocolate liqueur, served with a chocolate mousse in a two- tiered glass. For reservations and further information please visit:  www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

Superfood chocolate potDoisy_&_Dam_Chocolate_Pots

Embrace the superfood movement with the Fish Market and Doisy & Dam’s limited edition Chocolate pot. Both the aforementioned have collaborated especially for Chocolate Week, this super dessert is made from maca, vanilla and cacao bars, combining the bitter chocolatey flavour of cacao nibs with sweet vanilla and finished off with a kick of maca root for an extra boost. For reservations and further information please visit: www.fishmarket-restaurant.co.uk

Dark chocolate gelatoRemeo-309

Taste why Remo Gelato is a recipient of the coveted Great Taste award, by indulging in their Dark chocolate (72%) cocoa gelato: made with exceptional cocoa which provides an extremely intense and rich taste. The chocolate is hand-melted and blended with the highest quality fresh milk in a delicate and smooth texture. For details of additional flavours please visit: remeogelato.com

Four course chocolate mealWhite_&_Dark_Chocolate_Sphere

Try something a little different, book a table at Coq d’ Argent’s for their four –course chocolate menu: Haunch of wild roe deer, served with parsnip purée, poached pear, cranberries, cacao sauce; Roasted quail, celeriac, girolles, prunes and coco nibs followed by a special dark and white chocolate sphere. For reservations and further details please visit: www.coqdargent.co.uk