Chocoholics flock to this temple of cocoa nestled near Richmond Green. Winner of many accolades, William Curley enjoys a varied and loyal clientele, all in search of a truly special sweet treat. The melding of classic French techniques and Japanese flavours intrigues even the most experienced palates, and the display of too-pretty-to-eat pastries and chocolate sculptures is mesmerising. Knowledgeable staff provided extensive explanations of their wares, eventually leading us to the award-winning truffles and other couture chocolates. We opted for unusual varieties such as Japanese black vinegar, Japanese saké, and apricot with wasabi. All were technically faultless – a silky smooth ganache enrobed in a thin shiny, snapping coat of chocolate – although we didn’t entirely embrace the rather aggressive flavours. We carried some pâtisserie to the nearby green for a posh picnic (the few tables outside were full). Blinged out with gold leaf and chocolate decoration, these pastries unabashedly asked for admiration. Forêt noire (black forest gateau) featured a boozy kirsch crème sharply cutting through layers of bitter Toscano chocolate. Raspberry delice successfully fused chocolate and raspberry with notes of almond, and certainly soothed sugar cravings.
|Venue name:||William Curley||Contact:|
10 Paved Court
|Opening hours:||Open 9.30am-6.30pm Mon-Sat; 9am-6.30pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Richmond tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £4.50-£5.20.|
Average User Rating
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Truly, this little establishment has introduced me to the most exquisite chocolate I have had the pleasure to taste. The glossy ganache in the individual chocolates has a sublime cocoa intensity, nuanced variously with mouth-watering flavours such as fresh mint, olive oil & rosemary, passion fruit and sea salted caramel. The staff are well informed and charming – and always ready to advise a chocolate lover who is, understandably, boggled by choice. If you’re lucky, you might even get to sample a chocolate that was deemed unfit for display (though still eminently fit for consumption). Extend your visit by indulging in a hot chocolate – nab the window seat and you can relish the delicious chocolate aromas that fill the shop too!