Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate, but these desserts are something else…
There are few things in life which give us as much pleasure as chocolate and the prospect of dessert. How many times have you felt the button on your jeans straining after a meal and still found yourself uttering the words, ‘oh, go on, I’ll just have a look’ when offered the pudding menu? Well, this one’s for you.
To celebrate National Dessert Day, which happily comes in the midst of National Chocolate Week we’ve plated up and presented our favourite chocolate desserts from across the country. You’re very welcome…
Mayfair, London – Alyn Williams at The Westbury
This is one of our ultimate favourite chocolate desserts. Alyn Williams’ fine dining take on a walnut whip adorns the cover of our London Food and Drink Guide 2014 and has outsold every other pudding at five-star hotel, The Westbury. You’ll find walnut parfait, toasted marshmallows and gold leaf on the list of ingredients, and I think you’ll agree it tops the pudding list.
Camden, London – Inspiral
Not all chocolate desserts have to be a sinners’ choice. Camden’s Inspiral Lounge is renowned for its nutritious cuisine, specialising in vegan and mostly raw food. This delectable slice of raw chocolate blackout tart is made with the cleanest ingredients. Silky chocolate, avocado and cocoa butter makes up the rich filling set atop a date and pecan crust. Doesn’t it look scrumptious?
Nationwide – Baked! Brownies by post
It’s no wonder two of these have been pinched. There is absolutely nothing that beats a good, squishy chocolate brownie – except perhaps a chocolate squishy brownie that can be delivered directly to you! Yep, in the post. Dreams are made from these revelations.
Kent – Chapter One
If cinder toffee and Crunchies make you go weak at the knees just check out this dessert from Chapter One in Locksbottom, Kent. It’s a fine-dining dessert worthy of a special occasion and certainly worth drooling over at your computer screen. No wonder they have AA rosettes galore.
Malmesbury – The Dining Room at Whatley Manor
The Dining Room at Whatley Manor is one of those magical restaurants in which you know every mouthful will be a taste sensation. Then bring out this chocolate dessert to die for created by award-winning, Michelin-starred chef Martin Burge and you’ll never want to leave. Chicory mousse layered with bitter coffee mascarpone cream is a Dining Room speciality, but they have also been known to serve up venison with bitter chocolate, too.
Southampton – Aspire Restaurant
Who needs a real dish or a bowl when you can have a cone and a bowl made out of chocolate? This dessert has been crafted by the trainee chefs at Southampton University’s Aspire Restaurant, so we are secure in the knowledge that our trainee chefs are being taught well.
Bristol – Chocolate Cocktails
So these are not traditional desserts – well, you can see they are cocktails! These are perfect for when you’re just too full to squeeze in dessert and went down in Food & Drink Guide history as some of the best we’ve tried. Inspired by Easter, The Living Room concocted the Chocolate Orange Martini, Cherry Chocolate Delight and the Mochatini.