There are Easter Eggs and then there are Prestat Easter Eggs February 27, 2017 17:13
With both Mother’s Day and Easter just around the corner (Sunday March 26th and Sunday April 16th respectively) and with the PB shelves brimming under the weight of the glorious pinks, teals and yellows of the wonderful Prestat boxes, it seemed like a perfect excuse to write about one of our favourite British artisan chocolatiers.
You see, although Prestat can be found in some of the world’s leading stores – Harrods, Selfridges, Provender Brown – the heart of the business rests firmly in their flagship store in Piccadilly and in their London based factory where the chocolates, eggs and truffles are still made by hand. Their strapline – committed to trading fairly – is an ethos we greatly admire here at PB, especially from such a globally renowned brand. Do check out their promise to their farmer suppliers over on their website>>>
Billy Tallon, the Queen Mother's steward, once let slip of Prestat’s violet and rose creams: "They travelled everywhere with her, even aboard the Royal Yacht.” So, in order to whet your appetite for the chocolate-fest that lies ahead, we thought we’d delve a little deeper into the reasons Prestat remain one of only a few companies to have been awarded two Royal Warrants – one from The Queen and the other from the aforementioned Queen Mother.
The company was established in 1902 by Frenchman Antoine Dufour – said to have created the first ever truffle - when he opened Britain’s first Prestat shop in South Molton Street in central London. He passed the business on to his son Tony Dufour who ran Prestat through to the late 1950s but the difficulties of trading during the Second World War led to closures and Tony eventually sold the business.
Prestat is currently owned by Nick Crean and William Keeling who bought Prestat from the company's third owner Stanley Cohen in October 1998. The pair set out to build this wonderful brand back up to its previous glory and it is testament to their hard work that this is, in fact, the case today.
Among their greatest achievements to date has to be the beautifully ornate packaging which is the work of designer and artist Kitty Arden. In 2000 she collaborated with Lulu Guinness, the handbag designer, to create a limited edition handbag in the design of the Prestat shop and in 2011 she brought us the truly wonderful Easter Parade boxes currently adorning our shelves.
Carrying the brand's trademark luxe-gold finish with brightly swirls, inside the box is a ribbon-wrapped, gold-foiled egg nestling on a luxurious bed of tissue. Housing six decadent truffles you’ll be wishing you’d one in each and every flavour! (Also, these beautiful boxes make a perfect little trinket holder long after the chocolate has gone).
For Mother’s Day, we recommend the boxed truffles; a perfect example of how chocolate should be created. We've chosen three divine flavours in these and another eight in the Easter Eggs.
- Sea Salt Caramel truffles
- London Gin truffles
- Red Velvet truffles
Prestat Easter Eggs:
- Dark Chocolate
- Milk Chocolate
- Sea salt caramel
- London Gin
- Red Velvet
- Marc de Champagne
- Hot Cross Bun Spiced
- Hazelnut chocolate truffle in a real eggshell
Do drop in to browse the entire range – for us, the quality and craftsmanship shines through in every, box, bar and egg.