In London, the new Connaught Patisserie, entered from Mount Street, Mayfair, serves not only gorgeous cakes but also coffee, artisan tea and, of course, Champagne. Key names are interior designers Ab Rogers Design, and hotel patissier Nicolas Rouzard, and people who live nearby can summon up personal delivery.
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The counter is also home to an array of 10 seasonal patisserie – the true showstoppers in the shop. Included are classics such as Paris-Brest, Apple Tatin and St Honoré, and others showcasing more contemporary ingredients such as the vibrant Yuzu Éclair, the Mango and Passion Fruit Mousse cake, and the Chocolate Tonka Tart. One of these will be an ever-changing daily cake. The much loved Connaught hound which graces the hotel emblem, has been reimagined as a chocolate hazelnut cake, a miniature work of art which will be a patisserie signature.
The Connaught Patisserie will also create bespoke large and decadent cakes to order designed for birthdays, celebrations or simply to tell someone you love them. These exquisite creations can be collected from the Patisserie, or, if customers are in Mayfair, the team can arrive at your door laden with cake boxes, looking splendid, in true Connaught fashion.
The Connaught Patisserie was designed by London-based design studio Ab Rogers Design. It’s Director Ab Rogers is son of Sir Richard Rogers, a favourite collaborator to The Maybourne Hotel Group, making this a true family affair. ARD designed the space as if it were an intricately crafted jewellery box, with every element celebrating the craft of the artisan, to echo the precision and artistry of the cakes. Rosa Tea pink marble floors and pink polished walls cocoon visitors and provide warmth, whilst curves dominate in the form of voluptuous body-hugging chairs and intimate circular marble tables. Hand blown hot pink crystal lights hang over the tables, mirrors are used to reflect the quintessential redbrick of Mount Street, and bronze details are a final flourish. The design pièce de résistance is the warm white marble counter – the heart of the shop.