As a self confessed chocoholic (I blame my father, who also suffers from the addiction), I often scour the streets of London in the search for sweetness that will keep my addiction under wraps for an hour or two.
With my dad’s birthday fast approaching I was informed by my Mum of a dessert bar where you can divulge in 5 rounds of tasting for a small fee. Of course, I willingly agreed, and off to William Curley we went.
So who is this William Curley chap? A Scottish chocolatier, crafting the art of luxury desserts, with several boutiques in some of London’s most sought after areas. He has worked alongside some of the most respected and recognisable chefs the industry has to offer including Pierre Koffmann, Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre White. Curley now has a plethora of awards under his belt and has been given the title of ‘Britain’s Best Chocolatier’ four times since 2007.
So this place had to be good right?
Damn right. Despite that fact that on this occasion the dessert bar was closed, we overcame it by deciding to buy copious amounts from the counter and sit in the park (it was summer – we’re not crazy) while digging into complete chocolate deliciousness.
We sat around like children on Christmas morning, practically inhaling the chocolate delights in front of us and eating so speedily that my mum had no chance to get involved (she is not as fond of chocolate as we are and therefore the importance of this activity was lost on her). Our favourite, and the one we fought over, was the Black Forest Gateau. Not like the frozen one that your grandma would pull out after a meal, but the most delightful bundle of goodness that will pass your lips this year. That’s a promise.
Few places have come close to such primal satisfaction, yet this slice of heaven seems to tick all the boxes and it’s happily affordable. My only issue is that the dessert bar is just open at the weekend. Probably a saving grace for my waistline mind (but I will be back to try it).
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Words by – NJ