With the trend of afternoon teas hitting almost maximum saturation around London, it’s always nice to find something unique amongst the delightful but same-y throngs of Victoria sponges and scones. R Chocolate have just the thing. Nestled in the beautiful streets of Belgravia, lies the gourmet chocolate shop complete with its own dessert bar (only open on weekends). The shop is elegant without being pretentious and provides the perfect environment for one of the most luxurious afternoon teas you’ll ever have.
So what makes it unique? R Chocolate have managed to find their own little niche in the afternoon tea industry, and that niche is incorporating chocolate into every component that is served. The traditional cake stand is stacked chocabloc with delicious miniature versions of chocolatey cakes and treats; from an 80% Grand Cru mousse with hazelnut biscuit and sea salt caramel centre (my personal favourite), to the cacao nib scones with clotted cream and chocolate infused raspberry jam, there is something to satisfy any and every chocolate craving that you could have.
Now, as your mouth waters at the description of these delicious treats, you must, dear reader, I’m sure, be thinking of how to quench that insatiable thirst that comes to anyone when you’ve indulged in chocolate… R Chocolate’s answer? Chocolate in a bottle, otherwise known as CIAB. Served as an alternative to traditional champagne, which is also available should you choose to bypass full chocolate overload, CIAB is a French sparkling wine infused with chocolate (remember when I said every component of the afternoon tea was chocolatey?). The flavour is subtle enough that you don’t feel like you’re drinking a Yazoo, but it also compliments the wine flavour very well. For those willing to try something new and a bit different, I couldn’t recommend it more.
Following the feast of chocolate goodies, the R Chocolate team then offers their selection of hot drinks; from their extensive selection of teas, (yes, there’s a chocolate tea!) to coffees and, of course, hot chocolate, there is a myriad of ways to end your afternoon the right way. My guest and I figured that ‘when in R…’ Chocolate, that we had to try their hot chocolate. I chose the hazelnut hot chocolate, otherwise known as molten Nutella, whilst my guest went for the more exotic and infinitely trendier option of chilli hot chocolate. Both were exquisite and were just further examples of just how well R Chocolate does what their name suggests.
If you have any chocolate-lovers in your life who deserves a special treat, look no further than R Chocolate’s afternoon tea; it ticks all the right (chocolate) boxes.
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Written by Thoroughly Modern Miss, Angelica Bomford.