The Strand just got a little bit sweeter with the opening of bijou patisserie Melba at The Savoy, a Fairmont managed hotel, this week.
Located at the corner of Savoy Court, the gourmet counter is perfect for tasting executive pastry chef Ludwig Hely’s daily creations on the go.
Open seven days a week, Melba offers a dazzling selection of fresh sandwiches, savoury croissants, pastries, macarons, cupcakes and chocolates, as well as signature éclairs and exquisite cakes. You can also pick up a coffee, tea or an indulgent hot chocolate with whipped cream.
Melba launches with a dozen éclair flavours, including Crème Brulée, Pistachio & Cherry its namesake Peach Melba, so be prepared for much indecision at the counter.
Ludwig Hely said: “As a child it was only about a simple, coffee éclair and now as a pastry chef I can play with different flavours, some classic and some more unusual, while also being artistic with the presentation. The ultimate goal is to create something that will make people smile.”
I was tempted by the Orange and Hazelnut Éclair, but was eventually swayed by the Violet and Blueberry Tart (£3.50).
The lovely server was super-friendly and packed my cake in a sleek window-panelled box and branded bag to carry it home safely.
The buttery shortcake base was topped with a violet dome filled with Madagascan vanilla cream and a thick layer of blueberry compote. It was fruity, fragrant and light while still being rather decadent.
For such an elegant patisserie by a five star hotel, prices are surprisingly reasonable, ranging from £1.50 to £5.25 (all éclairs are £2.95). I can’t wait to go back and try some éclairs and maybe a posh hot chocolate.
For more information, visit: www.fairmont.com
Photos by Chérie City and The Savoy