York Cocoa House, Chocolate Café and School, York
Based on the traditional cocoa houses of times past, York Cocoa House is a chocolate-lover’s paradise. Indulge in some chocolate tasting in the café or become a chocolate connoisseur by taking one of their masterclasses.
York Cocoa House is one of those rare businesses that’s clearly been built with love, passion and generosity. Steeped in nostalgia, this magical little place will delight your taste buds and have you oo-ing and aa-ing from the moment you bite into one of their delicious hand-made creations.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Eat chocolate creations
- Browse the chocolate library
- Shop for chocolate
- Take part in a chocolate workshop
Step into Chocolate Nostalgia
You almost expect to see Juliet Binoche standing behind the counter at York Cocoa House straight out of a scene from the film Chocolat. We can’t guarantee she will be in but owner Sophie and her friendly team will invite you to taste their delicious hand-made chocolates. Try unusual flavours such as stilton and biscuit or their exquisite rose-flavoured chocolates. With its old fashioned till, wooden beams, apothecary jars filled to the brim with chocolates of every kind and chocolate memorabilia displayed on the walls, this place is a shrine to all things chocolatey.
Warm Up in The Chocolate Café
On a cold winter’s day, go inside for one of their comforting hot chocolate drinks. If you need an extra kick of sugar, try their luxury hot chocolate which comes topped with marshmallows and fresh cream. Order a slice of cake on the side and you may just need to have a lie-down afterwards. There are savoury dishes on the menu too such as York Chocolate Stout & Wensleydale Rarebit.
Browse The Chocolate Library
The café houses a large collection of chocolate recipe books, stories and literature about York’s inspiring chocolate industry. Sit down and have a browse while your children make chocolate lollipops.
Go to Chocolate School
Learn how to work with chocolate by taking part in one of their Chocolate Workshops. Create your own chocolate bar or make chocolate truffles. If you want to become a serious chocolate connoisseur, sign up for their 15 module Chocolate Masterclass programme which can be taken over the course of a week.
- Walk the York Chocolate Trail which York Cocoa House owner Sophie was instrumental in setting up
- Find out more about York’s chocolate history by visiting York’s Chocolate Story
- If you’re in London, sign up for one of their popular workshops at The Chocolate Show in October
When making your own chocolate creations, it’s best to taste them first thing in the morning when your palette is at its best.
WHERE TO STAY IN YORK
The Bar Convent
Situated in the heart of York, The Bar Convent is just over 300m from York Railway Station.
Rooms from £38 a night.
Hotel du Vin
In the Mount area, the Hotel du Vin features elegant boutique rooms and a bistro-style restaurant.
Rooms from £94 a night.
A Thwaites Inn of Character in an elegant Grade I listed Georgian town house overlooking York Minster.
Rooms from £129 a night.
Please check with York Cocoa House directly.