A new patisserie opening from a luxury hotel? Woof
Historic luxury Mayfair hotel The Connaught’s new patisserie shop offers pastry hounds the chance to eat a chocolate dog for £14; or £11, if it gets taken on a walk. Part of the hotel’s logo, the “Connaughty Hound” is the key draw at the new patisserie counter, alongside, perhaps puzzlingly, a dessert that the hotel didn’t make at all: the River Cafe chocolate nemesis cake, which is “hand-delivered” to the new opening daily.
Patisserie made by executive pastry chef Nicolas Rouzaud, formerly of fellow London pile The Lanesborough, includes a yuzu and honeycomb éclair; London’s favourite recent patisserie adoption, the Paris-Brest; and a fig and walnut mousse. It will also offer scones with clotted cream and jam, as a votive concession to being in Britain.
And in other news...
- What the new coronavirus tiers mean for restaurants, pubs, and bars. So far in London: not a lot.
- MPs voted down amendments to the Agriculture Bill designed to enshrine U.K. food standards in law, again.
- Made in Chelsea lied to you: There are good restaurants on the King’s Road.
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- The novel coronavirus pandemic has led bratwurst banger — sorry, “fast-casual sausage specialist” — Herman ze German to close all four of its London restaurants. [Big Hospitality]
- Nando’s will use peri-peri pea protein when it enters the meat-imitation chain wars. Like other chains, it’s cooked on the same grill as meat, so not really aimed at vegans. [Vegan Food and Living]
- Good tweet:
Deployed— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) October 12, 2020