Cocoa Black, Peebles, Scotland

Home to the 2013 UK World Chocolate Master, Ruth Hink’s Chocolate & Pastry School is in the picturesque town of Peebles. Cocoa Black is a magnet for home baking enthusiasts, passionate foodies and chefs wanting to perfect their chocolate skills.

River scene in Peebles

Taste delicious chocolate creations or learn to make your own at Cocoa Black in Peebles

If you have the time, don’t miss the opportunity to train with a former UK World Chocolate Master. Cocoa Black in Peebles is just over 20 miles south of Edinburgh. It’s worth making the trip here to do a course with Ruth or to sit in the café and indulge in her chocolates, cakes and patisserie.

The Foodie Travel Guide

  • Chocolate café and pastry school
  • Train with a World Chocolate Master
  • Visit picturesque Peebles

Train With a UK World Chocolate Master

Ruth Hinks is the entrepreneur behind the multi award-winning chocolatier and patisserie, Cocoa Black. Named UK Confectioner of the Year in 2011, you’ll find her Chocolate & Pastry school and café in a handsome Grade II listed building on the banks of the river Tweed. Such is her reputation, she’s even received a visit from HRH Prince Edward who spent an afternoon rolling chocolate truffles at the school.

Enrol in Chocolate & Pastry School

The school runs day courses so you can dip into different aspects of crafting chocolate. Learn how to make Easter eggs, pralines, ganache or your own chocolate bar. We’re tempted by ‘Make Your Own Chocolate Caramels’.

Design and Make a Chocolate Showpiece

For the more competitive and serious-minded (and perhaps, next budding UK World Chocolate Master?), enrol in the 3 day course ‘Make Your Own Chocolate Competition Showpiece’. You’ll be set the challenge of creating your own 1.2 metre high work of art.

Indulge in a Chocolate Patisserie

If this all sounds too much, simply relax in the café and treat yourself to some freshly prepared chocolate patisserie. With temptations such as dark chocolate & raspberry tart, cherry & white chocolate mousse, and white chocolate & coconut slices, you won’t be disappointed.


Where to Stay in Peebles

Cringletie House  in Peebles –  a hotel just 30 minutes south of Edinburgh with a Sunday tasting menu, Friday night BBQs, extensive grounds and spa cottage.


Dog friendly days out in Edinburgh

Sadly, not a doggy day out for me.

Mr Hendricks

How to Find Cocoa Black Chocolate & Pastry School 

Cocoa Black, 1-3 Cuddybridge, Peebles EH45 8HX