L’Artisan du Chocolat – 89 Lower Sloane Street

L'artisan du Chocolat Mystery Shopping

So I popped down to London last Sunday ahead of a meeting and I thought I’d spend some more time visiting some of the chocolate shops that I didn’t get a chance to last time.

Belgravia is strange on a Sunday, there’s hardly anyone about and probably why, when I walked passed, the staff didn’t look all that enthralled to be there. I wasn’t in the best of moods either, the weather was cold and it was dark so I walked passed and went into William Curley just around the corner instead. I revisited the next day and the experience was a million times better.

Location
Just like William Curley, its located about two or three minutes walk from Sloane Square tube station which makes it fifteen minutes at most from the centre of London on the underground.

Score: 8/10

Appearance

L'Artisan du Chocolat Easter Selection

The appearance from the outside was strange, there’s a lot of marble which I don’t think they have a great choice about and (am I right?) the Façade was of an art deco style? Whatever it is, it’s very simplistic. They’ve put their Easter products in the window too, a very fury rabbit (I didn’t have enough room to buy), a Scotch egg (which I’m due to review) and some other Easter eggs which put the seasonal products front and centre. I suppose they don’t have the ability to change the Façade so you can’t be too critical. But there again, it’s nice to have a change and there’s no “fluff” to distract walkers-by – as the photo shows.

Score: 8/10

The Walk In
As you walk in your met with a display case in front of you with some of their truffles, love hearts and thins, with some other goodies on top and some ganaches in a cabinet on the other side. The member of staff was friendly which was nice, but it felt like it was missing some intrinsic ‘warmth’ and without the clearly defined areas I didn’t know where to look first.

Score: 6.5/10

Selection
The selection may not be the largest in the world, but that, in fact, is a positive. There’s a good range of chocolate blocks, some nice looking truffles and ganaches and some highly imaginative Easter chocolate gifts. The Chocolate Scotch egg and the fury rabbit can’t be bought anywhere else as far as I’m aware. So I can’t really fault them on selection.

Score: 10/10

Staff
I believe the lady was French, she was incredibly helpful, courteous and we had a bit of a chuckle. When a friend was choosing her selection she was patient and knew exactly what could be selected for the gift box.

Score: 10/10

Prices
Somehow I managed to spend £29.99, perhaps it was because it was the last chocolate shop I was visiting during that leg of the chocolate tour, or I bought the chocolates because they looked fascinating or because the prices are expensive. I’d go for the second option here. I was inclined to spend more than I have in most of the other chocolate shops because the products looked fantastic and were unusual. I did however, come out with a bar of espresso dark chocolate, some Chapel Down sparkling wine truffles and a chocolate scotch egg – and I’m sure I got my money’s worth.

Score: 10/10

Taste Test
I’ve tried some in the past, but I’ll wait for the new reviews to be finished before I rate them again.

Can you Buy Online?
Yes here.

Would I go back?
Most definitely.

p.s. can you guess the other chocolate ‘tweeter’ in the picture?

Lee McCoy

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  • You missed the amazing free testers on the desk. The chocolate covered popcorn was incredible and the passionfruit chocolate was just to die for.

    The only things I would say detract from the experience as a whole were;
    The air conditioning system made it sound like a waterfall or shower was constantly running, the water/air also smelt slightly stale.

    There were also some bits of paper on the floor that looked as if someone had been packaging a gift and it had spilled out.

    The lady was indeed very helpful, and seemed to have a great knowledge of the chocolates and which were suitable for different types of person.

    Definitely a shop I will go back too

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