Prestat was founded in Chambery, France in 1895 by the Dufour Family. One of their early claims to fame was that they created the original recipe for the chocolate truffle. This simple mouthful of heaven combined the finest tropical chocolate with sugar, cream, fresh butter and that oh so secret essence which remains a closely guarded recipe. This truffle still known as the Napoleon III, named after the gourmand emperor living in exile in St James’s, is still made today and available in our Piccadilly store.
Roald Dahl, the celebrity author of Charlie and the Chocolate the Factory was one of the company’s biggest fans writing in his memoir “I do so adore chocolate truffles as Prestat makes them”. Adored indeed for over a century by royalty and nobility by stars of stage and screen, by anyone who delights in the simple pleasures that chocolate can bring, Prestat has been the proud holder of two Royal Warrants. The first was bestowed upon the company in 1975 by Her Majesty The Queen and the second by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in 1999. In fact, this was the last warrant HM, The Queen Mother ever gave and was to ‘My friends at Prestat”.
Prestat was additionally honoured to be appointed the official chocolate sponsor to Walking With The Wounded expedition to the South Pole under the expedition chairmanship of HRH Prince Harry. From humble beginnings, their chocolates have truly travelled the world.
Prestat remains one of the few British artisan brands still to be manufacturing all its own chocolates from its kitchens in London. Hence, many people claim Prestat to be London’s greatest chocolate maker.
Prestat “On Her Majesty’s Chocolate Service”, quite simply scrumptious.