Maître Choux, artiste patissier, specialising in éclairs, choux and chouquettes has recently opened in South Kensington, with reputedly the best éclairs in London, I just had to investigate. Thanks @JezzBear for the tip off.
The patisserie is very conveniently located at 15 Harrington Road, SW7 3ES, a two minute walk from South Kensington Tube Station, and directly opposite the Ampersand Hotel, one of my favourite places for afternoon tea. Arriving at the shop I saw the extraordinary colourful array of beautifully presented éclairs. When I visited there was a mouth watering selection of nine different flavours to chose from, life is hard sometimes!
Left to right: Italian Lemon Meringue, Violet and Wild Berries and Pure Arabica Coffee
Left to right: Spanish Raspberry Pink, Tiramisu and Salted Butter with Homemade Caramel
Tahitian Vanilla and Pecan
A selection of choux
Joakim Prat, pastry chef and owner, offers a contemporary twist to the humble, classic éclair. Each one is visually stunning, a piece of edible art.
At the time of writing this blog there are plans to open a small cafe on the premises soon, but at present only a take away service is available and the éclairs varied in price from £4.90 to £5.20 each.
I purchased two éclairs to take home, a raspberry one and a pistacchio one. The choux pastry had the perfect texture, light but with a slight chewiness to it, and both were utterly delicious. My only slight disappointment were that the name plates on the éclairs were not edible but that can easily be forgiven as they were the best éclairs I've eaten in London.
If you enjoyed this blog post you might like to read about my afternoon tea at the Andaz Hotel.
The author of this blog is a qualified City of London and City of Westminster Tour Guide who leads guided walks combining world famous landmarks with hidden treasures often missed by the crowds.