Afternoon tea for chocoholics

Guoman Hotels' five star Whitehall hotel, The Royal Horseguards in London, has created an unashamedly decadent treat to challenge even the most ardent chocoholics for National Chocolate Week.

The Royal Horseguards' indulgent Chocolate Afternoon Tea has been designed by the hotel's resident pastry chef, Joanne Todd. Todd joined The Royal Horseguards in 2010 as a Pastry Chef after wowing the hotel with her talent, and she has proven herself to be imaginative, ambitious, reliable and trustworthy, showcasing an eye for detail and a passion for food, hospitality and customer satisfaction.

Utilizing incredibly delicate techniques that take many hours to craft, the special menu created by Joanne is a veritable cocoa heaven.

The chocolate treat starts with a deliciously spicy chocolate foam shot created with Xocomeli, a luxe dark chocolate, and garnished with peppered berry salsa. This is presented with an accompanying almond streusel and a guanaja chocolate tarte with slow roasted pineapple and liquorice.

A hot chocolate or tea is served with a selection of coffee and cocoa macaroons, an ivoire white chocolate cupcake filled with orange curd, and an orange blossom-infused Chantilly further compliments the menu.
Guests at the luxury London hotel can finish their chocolate indulgence with butterscotch pear compote garnished with rich velvety Caramelia ganache cremeaux and liqueur truffles with Baileys, Cointreau and Kahlua.

The tea, available from October 11-24, is served in the hotel's ultra-comfortable lounge area—the perfect way to spend a chilly autumn's evening in London.