I know everyone says that Paul A Young makes the best chocolates. And it’s hard to argue with so many die-hard fans (I wouldn’t dare, they might throw truffles at me). But there’s always one chocolatier that stands out for me, and that’s Melt in Notting Hill.
I adore Melt. I like the shop on Ledbury Road (very swanky street). I like the towers of sweeties, that look like you might tumble leaving you covered in caramels! Just imagine how fabulous that would be. Except you might get told off a bit for making a mess of the shop. The shop is very shiny. All sleek and sophisticated.
Everything looks like something I want to taste right there. I’m not allowed though. I have to look at the pretty chocolates and carefully choose which ones I want. The answer is often ALL OF THEM, although reality dictates that my pennies will not stretch that far.
You can see into the kitchen as well, which is pretty cool. I’ve watched the chocolate demonstrations here and they know their stuff. Who does enjoy watching melted chocolate swoosh up and down? If anything will make me gain weight and spend all my money, that’ll do it. The shop is simple, the staff are friendly. You will spend more money in here than you’d planned.
But my money doesn’t go on chocolates. Oh no. It goes on their caramel. I don’t usually even like peanuts. But their caramel is heavenly. And only 90 a piece. All in twisted up paper like an old-fashioned sweetie shop. One day though, I’ll be able to buy one of the cubes and sit their munching away happily on all the different treats. At £60 for half a kilo, I might have to save my pennies though.
I don’t know why I’ve taken to Melt over the other (excellent) chocolate shops in London, especially when this one is the furthest away from home. But I relish the opportunity to come here, and if you’re in the area, you should as well.
Melt is on Ledbury Road in Notting Hill. You can find great places to stay in Notting Hill, like the fabulous Minc Apartments at lastminute.com.
Image courtesy of missy & the universe