Did you know that the UK is laden with some super-sweet chocolate hotspots? Packed with tours, museums, workshops, special meals and even accommodation, the top chocolate spots in the UK are the places to be this year. Here are 7 mouth-watering chocolate hotspots in the UK for you to devour, each oozing with their own chocolatey personality. Sweet!
Cadbury World, Birmingham
For anyone with an inkling of enthusiasm for the blessing that is chocolate, there’s no better place to start than Cadbury World. Boasting an overflow of chocolate related attractions for novices and auteurs alike, Cadbury World stands mere minutes away from Bournville station in Birmingham, ready to beckon you into its sugar-encrusted wonderland.
Take photos with your favourite Cadbury mascots, grow a cocoa tree or slurp delicious hot chocolate in the one-of-a-kind café. For the scientifically minded, there’s the Chocolatier Experience to guide you through chocolate’s very conception, in which you get to make your very own chocolate! If you’re keen on the full experience, why not book an afternoon tea with your visit?
Slattery Patissier & Chocolatier, Manchester
For the chocolate historians among us, there’s no sweet haven more heavenly than Slattery’s in Manchester. Having spread cocoa-covered love to the general populace since 1967, this family-run business lets you make your own chocolate at its very own Slattery’s School of Excellence – a single-day academy to help you master the art of the craft. And don’t worry if you get it wrong – you can purchase handmade luxury chocolates, bountiful cakes and fancy ice creams in the opulent dining rooms, each tasty recipe perfected over generations of indulgent trial and error. This hidden gem is bound to satisfy your chocolate cravings.
The Bittersweet Chocolate Co., Leicestershire
You can find this quaint little chocolate sanctuary on the edge of the National Forest. If quaint, hand-made truffles and chocolate treats are what you’re after, look no further. Bittersweet Chocolate’s specialities include an adventurous twist of chili and lime chocolate as well as a creative offering of geranium rose-flavoured products. Not only do they host children’s chocolate parties – they also run a series of adult workshops. Whoever said chocolate’s just for kids?
York’s Chocolate Story, York
With more than three huge floors of interactive environments to explore, and plenty of cocoa-doused goodies to swallow, York’s Chocolate Story is standing testament to Britain's quieter claim to eminence: sweet, delicious chocolate. It’s the perfect place to uncover the secrets of chocolate-making, unwrap its luscious history and, of course, eat chocolate. Thanks to the pioneering vision of Britain’s early entrepreneurs, York is a city built on the chocolate industry. Just imagine how much sweet delicious goodness has been produced and consumed over the years, and how many lives it has enriched.
Evening Chocolate Tour, London
If you’re looking for something a little fancier, the Evening Chocolate Tour in London should fit the bill – and run it up, too! This top-class chocolate journey takes you through the super-secret chocolate hotspots of the central London districts Covent Garden, Soho and Piccadilly. You’ll sample chocolate in all forms: fresh cocoa beans, hot chocolates, gelatos, sorbets, chocolate bars, truffles, brownies, chocolate cocktails…
Masterminded by the brilliant Chocolate Ecstasy Tours, these sumptuous displays of chocolate provide plenty for anyone who likes to keep a pinky finger out. Splendid, darling.
Cocoa Bean Company, Lake District
This one’s for the kids. Cocoa Bean Company in the Lake District lets the young’uns make all sorts of nectarous goodies, from cocoa marshmallow to animal-shaped treats. These workshops run throughout the day and don’t need to be booked in advance – simply show up and enjoy the chocolate! There’s even an on-site shop selling more sweets and chocolate, if by the end you’ve still got a chocolate-shaped hole in your belly.
The Chocolate Boutique Hotel, Dorset
With a name like The Chocolate Boutique Hotel, it’s easy to imagine this is an R&R basin to treat people who’ve fallen into a sugar coma after roving the lands for chocolate. Don’t be fooled, however – The Chocolate Hotel in Dorset is itself one of the top chocolate hotspots in the UK. With 15 spectacular rooms dedicated purely to the nation’s favourite dessert, this trendy little boutique hotel offers guests the perfect foodie city break.
Paint a self-portrait with scrumptious Belgian chocolate, take a crash course in chocolate-to-wine pairing, or go the whole way and get a chocolate fountain installed in your room for the duration of your stay. After that, why not book a table at nearby The Edge for a fancy meal by the beach?