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Prestat – London Purveyors of Fine Gourmet Chocolates

Prestat Union Jack Gourmet Truffles - The British Hamper Company

Enjoyed by the royal, the noble, the famous and the fashionable since 1902


Nick Crean, Co-owner of Prestat

Nick Crean, Co-owner of Prestat

Prestat was founded in 1902 by French émigré Antoine Dufour who came from a family of highly proficient confectioners and chocolatiers. Crystallising fruits was very much in vogue and he lovingly recorded his purchases of raspberries, strawberries, cherries, grapes and blackcurrants. Prestat’s current owners Nick Crean and Bill Keeling still have his recipes for chocolate caramels, coffee caramels, Turkish Delight, chocolate fudge, violet fondant, rose fondant and, of course, chocolate truffles.

Antoine’s family were the first to create the Chocolate Truffle in Chambery, France, in December 1895 so he swiftly took advantage of the growing popularity for fine chocolate in England and Prestat quickly became famous for its cocoa-dusted truffles, which Antoine Dufour wittily named ‘Napoleon III’ after the 19th Century rotund gourmand French emperor who spent his exile in London with his loyal chef.

“I do so adore chocolate truffles as Prestat makes them”  Roald Dahl.

Prestat Truffles

prestat shop

The first Prestat shop was opened at 24 South Molton Street in London and the business clearly thrived. Antoine soon opened a more eye-catching store a few hundred yards away at 405 Oxford Street which is now one of London’s more fashionable shopping streets.

With quality remaining at it’s core for more than a century Prestat for many years supplied the British royal family and was granted a Royal Warrant as Purveyors of Chocolates to Her Majesty The Queen and now has a lovely chocolate shop in Piccadilly and a concession in Harrods.

Here at British Hamper we have two notable favourites from the Prestat range, their Union Jack Truffle selection box which contains a mouth-watering array of gourmet chocolate truffle combinations along with their bestselling truffle of all time; their Milk Chocolate Marc d’Champagne Truffles, created using a creamy chocolate ganache infused with Marc de Champagne and encased within a velvety milk chocolate truffle shell which is then finished with a fine dusting of icing sugar.

Prestat - The British Hamper Company

We include Prestat in many of our Luxury Gift Hampers so if you’re looking for the ultimate chocolate present view our Chocolate Gift Hampers by clicking here.

If you’d like to know more about the Prestat story pop along to their shop at 14 Princes Arcade in Piccadilly, London or visit their site at

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