Sir Evelyn and his chocolate shop: how de Rothschild satisfied his sweet tooth

Sir Evelyn and his chocolate shop: how de Rothschild satisfied his sweet tooth
Sir Evelyn and his chocolate shop: how de Rothschild satisfied his sweet tooth

‘I haven’t drunk coffee for 50 years, but I am very partial to hot chocolate whenever I have the chance,’ says Sir Evelyn de Rothschild. The 85-year-old financier and member of the Rothschild banking family is partial to chocolate full stop, and none more so than the range that launched in his name in May last year.

AR Chocolate’s two London boutiques and online shop, you’ll find fresh boxes of ganaches yielding flavours such as delicate thyme and honey, or amaretto and blackberry; ornate bars made with feuillantine wafer and praline; and rich truffles coated in a bright-green rubble of chopped pistachio.

In the Belgravia flagship, glass counters are lined with lacquer-red domed desserts and ‘ingots’ imagined in cocoa-dusted dark chocolate and cherry mousse. It’s a sugar-scented haven where Sir Evelyn, living not far away in Chelsea, can ‘trot down the road to, eat too much chocolate, and wander home slowly to have a sleep’.

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The Resident – Afternoon Tea Week Experiences

Champagne high tea
Champagne high tea

Afternoon Tea Week 2017 runs from 14-18 August, celebrating the Great British institution of Afternoon Tea. The Resident picks out London’s best afternoon teas created just for the occasion…

R Chocolate London’s award-winning afternoon tea
R Chocolate, founded by self-confessed chocoholic Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, serves a classic Afternoon Tea at their new boutique chocolate shop in the heart of Belgravia. Enjoy a selection of afternoon delights created using only the highest quality ingredients, paired with a glass of Champagne Baron de Rothschild or, as a unique alternative, a chocolate sparkling wine from France. Chocoholic treat include a Grand Cru Mousse with Hazelnut Biscuit & Sea Salt Caramel Centre, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Strawberry & Champagne Mousse with Pistachio Biscuit, Scones with Clotted Cream & Strawberry Jam and the tea of your choice. £35pp or £45pp with a glass of Barons de Rothschild Champagne or CiaB (a French sparkling wine infused with chocolate).
198 Ebury Street, Belgravia SW1W 8UN; rchocolatelondon.co.uk

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Where to eat & drink this week – Esquire

Caviar pairing event
Caviar pairing event

The upmarket chocolatier owned by the Rothschild family is an excellent place to drop into, if passing through Belgravia. As well as mounds of chocolate, it serves tea, coffee, champagne, and a whole host of finely done pastries. But it is also hosting a curious event on Wednesday evening, teaching guests how to pair chocolate with… caviar. Obviously. It may sound beyond whacky but these guys are to be trusted, so that’s what we’re doing. In association with King’s Fine Foods, the menu will include sweet and savoury concoctions such as yuzu shortbread with crème fraiche and caviar, and Champagne jelly with white chocolate and, again, caviar. If you want a quirky date idea where quality is guaranteed, you won’t do better than this.

7 June 2017, 7-9pm; tickets cost £25 per person

198 Ebury Street, London, SW1W 8UN; rchocolatelondon.co.uk

London Evening Standard Food Month

London Food Month
London Food Month

London Evening Standard Food Month. R Chocolate London are offering a Classic High Tea with a Chocolate Twist for the month of June

Indulge in an all sweet Afternoon Tea based around fine patisserie, with some seasonal flavours.

A selection of 10 sweet creations, including for a limited time only Battenberg Cake and Rhubarb Crumble alongside Cocoa Nib Scones with Clotted Cream and Dark Chocolate as well as a selection of current patisserie.

Booking is necessary – click here for bookings

Alternately call the Belgravia Boutique on 020 7730 5522

THE BEST AFTERNOON TEA IN LONDON – Tatler

High Tea Belgravia Boutique
High Tea Belgravia Boutique

Quintessentially’s Ben Elliot and chocaholic Sir Evelyn de Rothschild are the men behind R Chocolate, an extremely swish new chocolatier/patisserie. Not only does it produce the most exquisite chocolates, it also offers one of the best afternoon teas in town: picture-perfect pastries, eclairs and scones, with industrial amounts of clotted cream, on the prettiest china.

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Easter gifts of real quality, from chocolate eggs to Easter bunnies – Country Life

Bespoke-Egg-Collection
Bespoke-Egg-Collection

Easter gifts of real quality, from chocolate eggs to Easter bunnies – Country Life

Sir Evelyn now runs the business with his daughter, Jessica de Rothschild, and entrepreneur Ben Elliot; they source chocolate beans and ideas from across the world. And we’d have to say that it shows in their Easter range: the eggs are absolutely beautiful, with our particular favourite being the egg crate – but the large egg with fruit and nut embedded into one side is also eye-catching as well as delicious. It’s not cheap – standard large Easter eggs are around £30 and the crate of smaller eggs is £35, while the huge latticework egg is £95 – but it is very special.

More details from R Chocolate London

London Craft Week 3rd – 7th May

R Chocolate London. Craft Week.
R Chocolate London. Craft Week.

London Craft Week 3rd – 7th May

Make Chocolate at R Chocolate London.

The workshop will cover a number of chocolate making techniques and the opportunity to sample some fresh chocolate.

The chocolate workshop will investigate the history of chocolate, from the history of cacao, where and how it is grown and the entire process of making chocolate from the bean to the bar. There will be samples of the company’s fresh chocolates to try, along with the spectrum of Original Beans’ range, from 100% dark chocolate all the way to white chocolate. Suggestions of flavour combinations and chocolate techniques. A chance for participants to decorate individual chocolate bars with a choice of nuts, fruit, marshmallow and sparkles, to give each it’s a personal finish.

This event is part of the Grosvenor Series.

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Events in the Sky – R Chocolate London. High Tea.

Events in the Sky - R Chocolate London. High Tea.
Events in the Sky – R Chocolate London. High Tea.
For an exclusive period from the 19 – 30 July, Events in the Sky will operate a 12 day pop-up event in London. Book your champagne High Tea experience with R Chocolate London.
The table seats 22 guests, with a guest chef, sommelier and waiting team serving from the pop-up kitchen in the centre of the table in the sky. Guests are securely fastened into their seats before the table is raised to the dining height of 100 feet and their gourmet experience begins.