Spoil Yourself Rotten at The Pudding Bar

Treat yourself to some of London’s most delicious desserts.

The restaurant: The Pudding Bar

Location: 26 Greek Street, London, W1D 5DE

First impressions: Located at the Shaftesbury Avenue end of Soho, The Pudding Bar is London’s sweetest new pop-up. Dedicated solely to desserts, the tiny restaurant is a welcoming mix of old meets new. Think milk bottle vases, mismatched furniture and bold filament light bulbs as well as two friendly waitresses.

What we ate: Feeling sugar starved, we opted for a tasting menu for two which consisted of two choux buns, s’more cheesecake, baked Alaska, banoffee delight, Eton mess and buttermilk panna cotta. The large plate arrived with these six desserts looking like miniature works for art that were almost too good to eat. Almost. Everything was utterly delicious, from the fresh strawberry puree and the black pepper shards on the Eton mess to the decadent s’more cheesecake. The ingredients were definitely fresh and everything tasted like it was meant to, especially the elderflower gel which accompanied the baked Alaska.

Our favourite: With so much to choose from, it was hard to pick a winner but in the end we went for the panna cotta. Beautifully classic, the fresh fruity puree was the perfect contrast to this simple, creamy dessert.

What we drank: We went for a small glass of Maury Grenat dessert wine and a glass of white Fratelli Barba Trebbiano D’Abruzzo Colle Morino. The dessert wine was rich, fruity and port-like while the white was deliciously fresh. A selection of teas, coffees and soft drinks were also on the menu.

Need to know: The Pudding Bar only takes reservations for parties larger than five.

Verdict: Finally, a restaurant where it’s acceptable to have puddings for main course. We’ll definitely be back.

The damage: Around £40 will get you a sharing platter for you and your date to share and a glass of wine each

What to wear: Keep it chic but simple with a pair of classic leather loafers.

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