Melba at The Savoy, a Fairmont-managed hotel, is on the Strand at the corner of Savoy Court. The gourmet counter will be open seven days a week and will offer a selection of pastries, sandwiches and hot and cold beverages to take away, along with gift items and an extensive selection of a new Savoy signature – the éclair. Flavours include passion fruit and milk chocolate; lychee, rose and raspberry; lemon meringue; salted caramel; cherry and pistachio, and Melba – the gourmet counter’s namesake – each priced at £2.95.
Pastry chef Ludwig Hely has designed the menu, which includes comté and Black Forest ham croissant, apricot and almond Danish pastry, orange peel and dark chocolate pain au chocolat, jarred breakfasts, fruit salad, and British sandwich classics, with prices ranging from £1.50 to £5.25.
Hely said: “The éclair presents so much opportunity to be creative. As a child it was only about a simple, coffee éclair and now, as a pastry chef, I can play with different flavours, some classic and some more unusual, while also being artistic with the presentation. The ultimate goal is to create something that will make people smile.”
Melba encompasses 25sq m with decor from the art deco era and Edwardian period.