A couple of weeks ago twitter friends and I finally managed to visit the legendary William Curley Dessert Bar at his flagship Belgravia store. If you fancy drooling over some exquisite desserts and sublime chocolate read on.
The dessert bar is the creation of William Curley, who has been awarded “Britain's Best Chocolatier” on four occasions, and his wife Suzue, who is highly regarded pâtissière in her own right. The bar offers customers the opportunity to enjoy five delicious desserts each of which are served as individual courses. The menu is seasonal so different dishes are offered each month, not that you will need an incentive for a repeat visit.
When we visited in November we were first served a chocolate granita, a cool, refreshing chocolate sorbet styled dessert which was a great start.
Jasmine Ice Cream with Raspberry Compote
This was followed by a delicious but very subtle flavoured jasmine ice cream which was complemented with a tasty raspberry compote.
Blackberry and Honeycomb Cranachan
Next on the menu was cranachan, a traditional Scottish desert, made with whipped cream and served with chunks of honeycomb.
Pineapple Tarte Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream
The pineapple tarte tatin with caramelised fruit, was utterly amazing and my personal favourite.
Chocolate Millefuille with Chocolate Sorbet and Cherry Sauce
The finale was a chocolate millefuille and chocolate sorbet which was nicely complemented with a cherry sauce.
Chocolate Millefuille lovingly being prepared on the premises
One of the nice features in the shop is that customers are given the opportunity to to watch the desserts being prepared.
William Curley - flagship boutique in Belgravia
The dessert bar operates a first come, first served policy which meant when we arrived we had to wait a short while before we were seated. However the counters displayed with beautifully crafted chocolate and pastries nicely distracted our attention while we waited. Here are photos of some the tasty treats available for you to enjoy.
Delicious chocolate using the finest ingredients
Quality hand made chocolates
Orange slices dipped in chocolate - just one of the more unusual items on offer
Finally even more desserts to enjoy
The dessert bar is a fantastic alternative for those who want to try something a bit different from the usual afternoon tea. There are only a few tables in the store which gives it an intimate and exclusive feel. When we visited the cost was £20 per person. This we felt was extremely good value as it included 5 amazing desserts, petit four which were wrapped for us to take home and one non alcoholic drink of our choice. Champagne is extra at £8 per glass.
Address: 198 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 8UN
Nearest Tube Stations: Sloane Square in Travelcard zone 1. For a more detailed location please refer to map.
Opening Hours: The Dessert Bar is only available at weekends. Saturdays from 12 to 6pm and Sundays from 12 to 5pm. It operates a first come, first served policy and bookings are not accepted. Please check opening times.
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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.