As many of you know, the amazing Charlie and The Chocolate Factory musical has recently hit the stage of the stunning Theatre Royal Drury Lane in Covent Garden.
To celebrate this hugely exciting event, (I LOVE MUSICALS!! Shhhhh…) the pastry chefs at The Montagu (which has been awarded 2 AA rosettes.. oooooh) have conjured up a delectable new dessert menu, inspired by the story and bursting with imagination.
Last week, I and some friends toddled down to The Montagu to experience this new menu for ourselves… and it was so good, Mr Wonka himself would have been mighty impressed.
We toasted the beginning of our chocolately adventure with flutes of champagne, while John the pastry chef (newly named ‘chocolate wizard’) talked to us excitedly about all his magical creations. We were going to be trying six (SIX) desserts. (Can I just check that you read that correctly – SIX. SIX. SIX.) Each one packed with nostalgic, childhood flavours, (bubblegum macaroons?) Wonka wizardry and lots and lots and LOTS of chocolate.
“Oh my God, we are going to die” said Mimbles, as John skipped away, to bring us our first two desserts.
I was confident we weren’t going to die, but I knew we needed a strategy. “Pace yourselves..” said Gem, earnestly. She’s very clever.
Ding ding! Round one…
Willy Wonka’s Crazy Brownie – John’s homemade chocolate brownie, decorated as a Willy Wonka chocolate bar, complete with edible gold leaf wrapping.
By now, we could barely communicate with each other. Mimbles was staring into the middle distance in a strange sugar haze. I could no longer feel my bottom lip – I may have been dribbling. Lena and Gem seemed to be fine. Odd.
The desserts were all amazing – really beautifully presented, utterly delicious and so much FUN.
In addition to the new menu, every diner who orders a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired dessert will be entered into The Montagu’s prize draw. The lucky draw will include a range of prizes such as a complimentary glass of champagne or first course to an overnight stay at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill. (Guests will be able to redeem their prize on their next visit to The Montagu.)
And (it gets better) each week one lucky winner will pick the Golden Ticket and will enjoy two top-priced seats to the new West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Hurruh!
I wobbled home in my sugary haze, dreaming of chocolate soups and bubblegum macaroons. Roald Dahl once said, “a little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men” – I couldn’t agree more.
The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired menu will be available at the Montagu Restaurant until 18th July 2013
For reservations, call: 020 7299 2037
The Montagu Restaurant
Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill