Harry Potter fans will understand my fascination with treacle tarts. Why did Harry and his gang love eating something with such a funny name? What is a treacle? Well, thanks to The Wolseley in London I can now answer those questions. Treacle tarts are amazingly delicious and treacle is golden syrup. Yum!
I owe a big thanks to my friend, Karmann, who turned me on to this elegant yet approachable restaurant near The Green Park and The Ritz. After cheering on the late finishers in the London Marathon that ended at Buckingham Palace today, we made our way through The Green Park, filled with marathon fans soaking up the last of the sun. What a beautiful day it was whether you ran a marathon (how do they do that??) or just enjoyed a walk through a market or park.
Seated as soon as we walked in to The Wolseley and starving, I ordered the recommended chicken soup with carrots and dumplings that was light yet deliciously rich at the same time. With bits of chicken, I quickly finished it while Thom shared with me a few bites of his chicken, bacon, and avocado sandwich and pommes frites. Not only was the service impeccable but the prices were not too expensive given that London in general is very expensive indeed. Surrounded by marathon finishers still wearing their medals and celebrating with champagne, steak and caviar, we quickly moved on to dessert.
Treacle tart-what would it taste like? I had done no research and had no expectations. I wanted to be surprised. Well, it came warm with a side of clotted cream that actually helped cut some of the sweetness. Think pecan pie without the pecans and with a flaky crust. Very dense and delicious. No wonder Harry, Ron and Hermione ate these up when they magically appeared at Hogwarts. After seeing Platform 9 3/4 at the Kings Crossing station this morning, it was only fitting that I end my day with their favorite Hogwarts dessert. London is definitely a magical place.