Naughty & Nice
The name says it all – from hand-dipped truffles to chocolate ‘soup’ made with Belgian chocolate and double cream, a visit to this charming chocolate shop and café in Bakewell is every chocoholic’s dream.
Chocolates can be made to order with personalised messages and there’s also a bespoke chocolate cake service, where owner Kath Girling can create almost anything you desire.
The café-cum-bistro was awarded ‘Café of the Year’ at the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards 2014 and offers light lunches and refreshments, all day breakfast, home made cakes and ice-cream, all in a picturesque courtyard location. Bakewell, www.naughtychocolate.co.uk
During his 30 year career in the chocolate industry, Barry became the youngest-ever Head of Patisserie at the Savoy Hotel in London and worked as a Master Chocolatier at Thorntons. He has made numerous cakes for the royal family including Her Majesty the Queen, His Royal Highness Prince Charles and the late Queen Mother and was also invited to help in the design and production of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s chocolate wedding cake in 2011.
His creations are available online and are also included in Cocoa Boutique’s Tasting Club boxes – a monthly-changing range of chocolates chosen by different artisan chocolatiers. www.barrycolenso.co.uk
Spurred on by her passion for a handmade approach to chocolate-making, Barbara Holdsworth began making chocolates to her own unique recipes in 1988. Chocolates are created using sweet cream butter and Belgium couverture, before liqueurs, spirits, fruit purees or praline pastes are added to create a delicious flavoured centre.
Creations include over 70 truffles, pralines and creams, with tasty varieties such as English Rose Cream, Chocolate Dipped Ginger and Apricot Brandy. Bakewell www.holdsworthchocolates.co.uk
Founded in 2007 in the Melbourne kitchen of owners Nigel and Diane Holling, BitterSweet is now based at the Three Horseshoes pub in Breedon on the Hill, where a Victorian-style chocolate counter at the bar is filled with firm’s exquisitely-made chocolate bars, truffles and lollipops.
All chocolates are made by hand using the finest ingredients including organic essential oils, organic cream, liqueurs, fruit and honey. Breedon on the Hill, www.bittersweetchocolates.co.uk
Seduced by the mouth-watering descriptions of a chocolate shop in a fictional French town in Joanne Harris’ novel Chocolat, and equally impressed by the famous Betty’s Café, Beverley Jones longed to own a chocolate shop-cum-café of her own.
Five years ago, her wish came true when she acquired Charlotte’s Chocolates in Buxton’s Cavendish Arcade. The café of Charlotte’s Chocolates extends onto a terrace with a great view of the town and every hot drink that is served is accompanied by a complementary handmade chocolate. Buxton, www.charlotteschocolates.com
After travelling the world, self-taught chocolatiers David Golubows and Bridget Joyce decided to start their own chocolate company in the Peak District village of Castleton. All chocolates are handmade to order and include fresh, local ingredients, with delights such as Marc de Champagne truffles and sticky toffee lips. The site is open for group visits and chocolate experience days only. Bookings are currently open for Easter Egg making workshops. Castleton,www.cocoadance.com
I Should Cocoa
Husband and wife team Sid and Lisa founded I Should Cocoa in 2008, after spending two and a half years visiting some of the finest chocolate houses in France.
They returned to Belper to set up their new venture – an artisan chocolate shop and small café. All chocolates are handmade in small quantities in the studio above the shop to ensure maximum freshness. Belper, www.i-shouldcocoa.co.uk
Chocolate by Design
This family-run business has established itself as a haven of handmade chocolates, unusual gifts and eye-catching cakes. Products are handmade using traditional methods and unique colouring techniques. There’s a wide range of novelty chocolates, hand-crafted truffles and bespoke designs – ideal for parties and special occasions - plus a colourful range of Easter Eggs and chocolate hens. Chesterfield, www.chocolate-by-design.co.uk
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