Having wowed an eclectic Islington audience with an ever changing seasonal range – including the odd weird and wonderful creation – the good news is that Paul ‘A’ Young will soon be opening his second London shop. Working his way down the Bank branch of the Northern Line, Paul brings quality fresh chocolate to what was previously a bit of a desert in the financial heart of London.
That’s not to say the City doesn’t have its share of fancy looking chocolate shops claiming to the ‘the best’, but this is just not the same as fresh, hand made bonbons made with decent chocolate by a chocolatier you can actually talk to in the shop. If you don’t believe me, you just have to try them for yourselves, which from early October you’ll have the chance to if you work (or live) near The Royal Exchange, just opposite the Bank of England, nearest tube station Bank.
Meanwhile, Paul has just launched his autumn collection, including apricot, star anise and pine nut, Guatamalan coffee bean and pear and cinnamon chocolates, stem ginger and cardamom brownies (soggy and rich enough to be puddings) and an autumn spices bar made with cinnamon leaf, cinnamon bark, nutmeg and cardamom. The bar is available in milk or dark and we’ll be featuring the dark bar in our September 2007 Club edition.
Paul has also hooked up with Glenmorangie, the second best-selling single malt whisky in the world, who have just undergone a relaunch and rebranding, along with controversial new cognac style bottles. Catch Paul’s whisky caramel truffle made with Glenmorangie’s new 10 year old single malt. Sounds like an ideal winter combination. (If you’re launching a new 10 year old whisky, does that mean you have to plan ahead 10 years?)
Paul also tells us that port and stilton truffles and sea salted caramels are his current best sellers. It’ll be interesting to see if the City crowd have different preferences when the new shop opens. We’ll bring you a full report from the launch party, assuming our invite is in the post that is!
For more information about Paul’s chocolates and location of the shops, visit the website: Paul A Young Fine Chocolates.