I was invited to attend the Sweet Treats Adventure and my tour was complimentary. I was not paid to visit and was not under contractual obligation to write this blog post or create content on any platform.
There are so many great ways of seeing our diverse city of London … but what could be better than eating your way round the city? Especially when you’re eating the very best sweet treats! That’s what the Chocolate Ecstasy Tours are all about and I was lucky enough to be invited on the Sweet Treats Adventure in Chelsea Tour which not only covers my favourite areas of Belgravia and Chelsea, it started only about a ten minute walk from where I live. Better still the tour is led by Jennifer Earle, a lovely lady who I’ve known since my early days of blogging, in possession of a vast knowledge of all things sweet as well as the history of the area.
The tour has a rather unexpected beginning, kicking off in a cheese shop. But the sweet-toothed can rejoice as The Fine Cheese Company on Motcomb Street also serve a damn good hot chocolate and chocolate cake which was sampled as we listened to Jennifer tell us about the origins of chocolate. Whilst at the cheese shop we also go the chance to sample their signature product – cheese!
Starting in Bath, they have been cheese specialists for over twenty years, supporting British cheese makers as well as importing artisan cheeses from France, Italy, Spain and Holland.
We didn’t need to go far for our next stop, as Ottolenghi’s Belgravia deli is almost right next door with a vast takeaway selection of sweets and savouries. Yotam Ottolenghi needs little introduction nowadays but the Israeli-English chef is know for his inventive middle-Eastern cuisine and not only owns six restaurants and delis but has seven cook books. Jennifer picked a few of the best items for us to share and try out all sweet treats with the signature Ottolenghi twist.
Another Belgravia institution is Rococo Chocolates – beautifully British chocolates in different styles and flavours. But the childhood book worm in me was drawn toward the Roald Dahl collection, with flavours inspired by his books. There’s plenty to enjoy at Rococo, you can even take their chocolate making class.
I won’t reveal everywhere that Jennifer took us to cos that would just spoil the surprises but we wondered through beautiful Belgravia hearing interesting tales of the buildings and the notorious people who lived in the area.
After a few other stops, our destination was Bread Ahead, a fab bakery on Pavillion Road just off Sloane Square. I’m loving Pavillion Road at the moment as there are lots of new artisan food shops to enjoy. Bread Ahead was founded by Matthew Jones who wanted to bring good quality baking to a wider sphere. He also started the Bread Ahead Baking School to allow people to learn proper artisan baking. Here, Jennifer suggested trying the doughtnuts which I imagine as very popular there.
The final stop on the tour was Dominique Ansel on Elizabeth Street. This gorgeous cafe first became popular for the invention of the cronut and is now well-loved for the beautiful floral facade, great brunch options and delicious cakes. Of course the cronut was what we ordered, and there’s a different flavour every month.
A big thank you to Jennifer and her team for a seriously fun tour that will definitely leave you on a sugar high! Check out the Chocolate Ecstasy Tours website to book.