Chocoholics take note! National Chocolate Week returns from 9-15 October 2017. The Resident rounds up the best ways to indulge…
Lead image: Galvin’s Manjari dark chocolate mousse in melting chocolate sphere
1 Shaun Rankin & Paul A Young’s Chocolate Week Menu
Shaun Rankin, head chef of Ormer Mayfair, and celebrated chocolatier Paul A Young are celebrating National Chocolate Week with a Jersey-inspired chocolate menu and limited-edition truffles. The three-course chocolate menu includes hand-dived scallops with Guittard white chocolate shavings, roast venison loin with chocolate tortellini and and a Guittard 65% Madagascan dark chocolate dessert with salted caramel popcorn (available 9-15 October for £65pp). The truffle options include Jersey Black Butter and Treacle Toffee Ganache, Jersey Cream and Jersey Lavender, available for hotel guests at Flemings Mayfair and to buy from Paul’s shops across London from £7 for a four-piece box. Diners of the Chocolate Week menu will also be treated to the exclusive Jersey-inspired chocolate truffles as petit fours.
7-12 Half Moon Street W1J 7BH; flemings-mayfair.co.uk/ormer
2 Chocolate Spa Package at K West Hotel & Spa
K West Hotel & Spa’s Good Enough to Eat Chocolate Spa Package is the perfect way to tame those chocolate cravings while getting some serious R ‘n’ R. The package includes a back exfoliation with a Mediterranean orange scrub, a soothing sweet almond oil massage and a warm, firming and hydrating chocolate back mask, followed by vanilla and cardamom oil moisturiser. Complete the ritual with a Dreamy Legs gel and 50-minute pedicure, before a chocolate tea chocolate bar gifts. You can also enjoy the Wet Spa prior to your treatments with sauna, sanarium, steam room and Hydrotherapy pool. £145 Monday-Friday and £165 on weekends.
Richmond Way, Shepherd’s Bush W14 0AX; k-west.co.uk
3 Chocolate Afternoon Tea at Landmark London
Discover the Chocolate Afternoon Tea at Landmark London, a five-star hotel in Marylebone. Served in the Winter Garden, a glass-roofed atrium with lush tropical plants, the indulgent chocolate treats include chocolate and coconut macaroons, banana pecan nut and milk chocolate cake and dark chocolate mousse, as well as warm freshly baked chocolate chip and fruit peel scones with Cornish clotted cream and finger sandwiches like egg and cress, Coronation chicken on walnut bread, classic cucumber and Lapsang Souchong smoked salmon. Available Monday-Friday, 3pm-5pm and weekends 1.30pm-5.30pm priced £48.
222 Marylebone Road NW1 6JQ; landmarklondon.co.uk
4 The Chocolate Show at Olympia
End National Chocolate Week with a choco-bang at The Chocolate Show. Running 13-15 October 2017, you’ll find tastings, workshops and celebrity chef demonstrations, as well as exhibitors including B is For Brownie, Au Palais Des Gourmets, Chocolate Tree, Fifth Dimension and CasaLuker, which is offering a free tasting of Colombian fresh cacao at 2pm every day. Love chocolate but have dietary restrictions and lean on the healthier side? Visit Solkiki, which makes bean-to-bar chocolate for vegans, veggies, the lactose-intolerant, diabetics, and all the free-froms, including diary-free and gluten-free. Tickets are £12.50 for adults and £10 for kids (family tickets £35).
Olympia, Hammersmith Road W14 8UX; thechocolateshow.co.uk
5 Jaz & Jul’s Bottomless Chocolate Brunch
Award-winning artisans Jaz & Jul’s have launched a bottomless option for their popular chocolate-themed veggie brunch just in time for National Chocolate Week. Enjoy one savoury plus one sweet breakfast dish each, accompanied by unlimited Prosecco or special cocoa-influenced breakfast cocktails for two hours. Savoury dishes include spicy veggie potato hash with black bean sausage, peppers, kale, smokey aubergine ‘rashers’ and fried egg; or cornbread waffles with Mexican-style black bean chilli in mole sauce with roast tomatoes and avocado. There are vegan options too. Desserts include chocolate avocado smoothie bowls and orange-zest Jaffa pancakes with marmalade-maple syrup. Served throughout the day on Saturdays and Sundays with prosecco for £30, prosecco and breakfast cocktails for £35 or orange juice and hot drinks for £20.
1 Chapel Market, Islington N1 9EZ; jazandjuls.co.uk
6 Galvin’s Valrhona Desserts
Michelin-starred Galvin brothers are collaborating with French premium chocolatier Valrhona for National Chocolate Week. From 9-15 October, decadent desserts will be available at selected Galvin restaurants. At Bistrot de Luxe you can try a Manjari dark chocolate mousse encased in a melting chocolate sphere with hot chocolate caramel sauce, at La Chapelle there’s a Caramelia chocolate pannacotta with cocoa nib tuile and pecan ice cream, at Galvin HOP it’s an Orleys chocolate mousse with roasted pears and dark chocolate sauce, Galvin at The Athenaeum is serving an Orleys chocolate ganache tart, roasted figs and Azelia chocolate ice cream and Galvin at Windows has a Café noir Bourbon chocolate delice with crispy milk and hazelnut chocolate ice cream.
7 Hunter 486 at The Arch London
Pop into the Arch London during National Chocolate Week to sample their decadent Divine Chocolate Fondant in support of the fair trade chocolatier. For only £6.50, you can experience Head Chef Gary Durrant’s melted Divine dark chocolate paired with homemade salted caramel ice cream. Divine Chocolate is the only Fairtrade chocolate company that is 44% owned by cocoa Farmers, so not only are you indulging in a delicious treat, you’re also helping cocoa farmers get a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community.
50 Great Cumberland Place, Marylebone W1H 7FD; thearchlondon.com
8 Divine and FAIR Chocolate Cocktails
Divine Chocolate and FAIR, two brands with Fairtrade at their core, have come together to celebrate National Chocolate Week through the art of cocktails. Partnering with bars across the city, the duo have partnered with bars across the UK to offer limited-edition chocolatey cocktails, the luxurious Espresso Martini created using FAIR. Spirits and Divine Chocolate. Restaurants partaking in the chocolate cocktail extravaganza include China Tang at The Dorchester, The Bloomsbury on Great Russell Street, Hensons Bar at Mimi’s in Soho and more all across London.
chinatanglondon.co.uk; doylecollection.com; hensonsbar.com
9 Drake and Morgan venues
Drake and Morgan is celebrating National Chocolate Week with a variety of offerings across its London venues. Start off your morning with a sweet complimentary surprise when you buy a cup of coffee from Fable, head for Drake and Morgan King’s Cross for chocolate martinis (£8.95), or try a free mixology class at The Folly from 5pm to 8pm on 9, 11 and 14 October. At The Refinery Bankside try a limited-edition whisky and chocolate pairing for just £20 and swing by the free chocolate fountain. But for true chocoholics, it’s all about The Anthologist’s trio of chocolate indulgences – a chocolate mousse, raspberry and almond brownie, and white chocolate ice cream on a bed of cookie crumbs will set you back £12.95.
10 Afternoon Tea at Tamburlaine
Escape the city and get away on a chocolate holiday to Cambridge for afternoon tea at the Tamburlaine hotel. The Tamburlaine is celebration National Chocolate Week with a Chocolate Afternoon Tea full of gooey, melt-in-your-mouth treats like triple-chocolate brownies decorated with silky ganache and edible flowers, and dark chocolate lollipops with white chocolate chips, as well as finger sandwiches, homemade scones, exotic fruit pavlova and carrot cake. You can also trade out your standard tea for a creamy mocha hot chocolate for £3.50. Available daily from 9-15 October for £21.50pp, served 2pm-5pm.
27-29 Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2FB; thetamburlaine.co.uk