Following on from the slightly oversweet, but churros-perfect hot chocolate experience in Madrid, I thought I’d try out one of London’s best.
The wonderful chocolate aroma that hit me the minute I walked in transported me to a sunlit heaven.
The chocolates here at Paul A Young are all made on site, in the kitchen at each shop. I could hear them working away downstairs while I browsed the overwhelming selection of chocolates upstairs. So hard to decide…
I tried some of the samples to aid the decision…
Then I made my choice
and I bought a cup of hot chocolate too.
There is no cafe here, so it’s back outside to enjoy the warming drink. It was perfect! It had a real chocolate flavour, aromatic, with a hint of bitterness and not too much sugar. They also have a small selection of spices that you can add to suit your personal taste. As a first-timer, I took mine naked, but I shall be back and will be probably be tempted to add a smidgen of chilli.
There are currently four Paul A Young locations in London. I visited the Soho store, at 143 Wardour Street. They change the chocolate flavours regularly, so there will be plenty of excuses to return or to try the other outposts.