Some form of chocolate is a must in every home over the festive season. Gone are the days of the pick and mix tin, as a nation we have become quite the connoisseurs when it comes to delectable cocoa. This new trend is reflected in the numerous specialist shops that cater specifically to appease a sweet tooth and none is more renowned than Hotel Chocolat. With shops, cafes and restaurants nationwide, you are sure to find your new favourite chocolate hit at a retailler near you.

In 2013, Hotel Chocolat opened two Restaurants in the UK following the success of their innovative restaurant/ hotel experience, situated on the estate of their Cacao plantation in St Lucia. ‘Rabot 1745’ in Borough Market in London and the Hotel Chocolat Flagship in Leeds opened to rave reviews. Dishes are not about chocolate, they are all about cacao,some with subtle hints, some with more intense and earthy flavours.

Their stylish venues were designed with the character of a Caribbean plantation house. Here are our top must tries that will have your friends and family asking for more!

The Dinner Party Hamper 

Perfect for the festive season this hamper is all you need for an amazing dinner party, from start to finish, with a superb range of drinks and treats delivered in a stylish black ribbon-tied keepsake box. The hamper includes a bottle of their award-winning

Cocoa Gin as well as a shareable Mini Dipping Adventure consisting of molten chocolate. In addition, there are six Beer Truffles made with Belgian blonde beer and a Hazelnut & Pistachio Buche – a soft and smooth milk chocolate log ideal for slicing and sharing after dinner.

From Plantation to Plate 

Be sure to experience Hotel Chocolat’s unique concept, “From Plantation to Plate”. Their Cocoa-Bar cafes are a new concept that bring together everything Hotel Chocolat do under one roof, from cocoa growing and chocolate making, to innovative new cocoa-based drinks and food.

If you are chocolate lover, have a taste of your own chocolate heaven this festive season at the innovative, passionate and unique Hotel Chocolat.

Rich Hobson


Head writer @ In The City Magazine, obsessive music, film and events fanatic.

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