‘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.
At R 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’.