Hotel Chocolat Tasting Experiences are available in London, Leeds, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aberdeen, Liverpool, Manchester and York.
You may have seen one of their shops on the High Street but you may not know that Hotel Chocolat is now a multi-million pound empire. There are now more than 80 shops, eight cafés, two restaurants, and even a hotel in St Lucia next to its cocoa plantation.
Get a chocolate education by taking a Hotel Chocolat tasting experience such as a bean-to-bar adventure
What makes Hotel Chocolat stand out is not just the story behind its brand but the many creative ways you can explore and taste its chocolate. With UK-wide locations, its chocolate tasting adventures and bean-to-bar experiences are accessible to all. Heaven for chocolate-lovers across the country.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Range of chocolate experiences
- Locations across the UK
- Great chocolate gifts
- Good for groups
- Chocolate workshops for children
Make Cocoa The Hero
Hotel Chocolat’s philosophy is to “make cocoa the hero” again and educate people to recognise and appreciate the higher cocoa content in the chocolate they produce compared to some of the best-known brands which have a much higher sugar content. Their chocolate tasting experiences are sociable and fun. Treat yourself or buy one as a lovely gift for a chocoholic friend.
We want consumers to be having the same debate about the flavours of different cocoa beans as wine. Angus Thirlwell, co-founder
Go on a Chocolate Tasting Adventure
If you need some help in understanding what makes good quality chocolate, an ideal place to start is one of Hotel Chocolat’s Tasting Adventures. With a glass of Prosecco on arrival and up to 13 different chocolates to try, it will widen your palette and get you thinking not just about taste but also the aroma, mouthfeel and even the look of the bar and the sound that it makes when you snap it. You’ll discover how to pick out the nuances of flavour and texture influenced by such things as the type of cocoa, terroir and conching time.
Have a Bean-To Bar Experience
Once you’ve done your tasting adventure and you’re keen to understand the chocolate-making process, book yourself on to Hotel Chocolat’s ‘Bean to Bar’ experience. You’ll learn how to make chocolate from roasted cocoa beans using a pestle and mortar before piping it into moulds and taking home your own chocolate bar to impress your family and friends.
Have a Chocolate Treat in a Cocoa Café
Many of the Hotel Chocolat’s boutiques now have their own in-store café and bar. The cafés serve a range of food and drinks with a cocoa twist. Try the low calorie alternative to drinking chocolate – cacao infusion either on its own or infused with peppermint or ginger. It’s got a subtle but delicious flavour. You can stock up on teabags in the shop. If you’re in the mood for something stronger, try their cacao-infused gin (we love it with a cheeky bar of their gin-flavoured chocolate).
Have a Cocoa-Inspired Dinner
If you’re in London or Leeds, you can dine in one of Hotel Chocolat’s stylish restaurants. Rabot 1745, the London restaurant, has a beautiful terrace overlooking Borough Market, the city’s famous food market so you can see the hustle and bustle below. Cuisine is inspired by West Indian and modern British cooking and enhanced with the subtle flavour of roasted cocoa. On the menu, you’ll find dishes like ‘Choc au Vin’ and a trio of chocolate mousse using chocolate from different plantations.
Join the Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club
If you’d prefer to taste from the comfort of your own home, consider joining the Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club. It now has over 100,000 members. For a monthly subscription, you’ll receive a different selection of chocolates each time along with a detailed tasting menu and a copy of their membership magazine The Pod. You can choose to receive your selection every 4, 8 or 12 weeks.
- Membership of Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club makes a fantastic gift
- Foodie Travellers with a bigger budget can book themselves into Hotel Chocolat’s Saint Lucia hotel and stay on a real cocoa plantation with its 14 chic pods and ‘Tree to Bar Experience’
- Need a gift? Take a look at 60 of the Best Gifts For Chocolate Lovers
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