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You don’t have to go to London to get great chocolate – these articles about fine chocolate makers in the regions of the UK.

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Chocolate Fit For A King at Hampton Court Palace

February 14 2014

A fascinating insight into the role chocolate played in British royal households opens today to the public at Hampton Court Palace. Usually, this huge, grand and historic building, is associated with Henry VIII and Tudor banqueting, with the wonderful Tudor kitchens here a draw. Hampton Court, however, also has a Baroque aspect which is less well known and today sees the public opening of the eighteenth century Chocolate Kitchen, just […]

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Where to buy decent chocolate in the North West

March 4 2013

There was a time when chocolate lovers in the northwest of England faced something of a dilemma when looking for decent fare beyond the usual Cadbury’s, Thorntons and Nestlé offerings. But a quiet evolution seems to have been taking place of late, driven by changing tastes and the enormous cultural and economic energy of the region. For those whose taste in chocolate starts with quirky English novelty there’s the 1657 […]

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Review: B Chocolates Honey and Sea Salt Caramels

February 17 2013

The recent scandal in the meat industry has been a timely reminder of the importance of understanding the provenance of what we eat.  So there’s something reassuring, and also a little bit evocative, about these Honey and Sea Salt Caramels from Suffolk-based B Chocolates. The “B” in the name refers to the bees that the business owners Fran and Phil keep to produce the honey for  these tasty caramels. The […]

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Photos from Bristol Zoo’s Chilli and Chocolate Festival

September 19 2011

Bristol Zoo celebrated chilli and chocolate at a special festival over the weekend. Local exhibitors displayed their wares on the zoo’s main lawn whilst live bands entertained with latin, jazz and funk music. 175 varieties of chilli plant were put on display to mark the historic zoo’s 175th anniversary. Live music on Saturday was from Vamos! and on Sunday, K’Chevere provided the sounds. Bristol-based chocolate workshop company, The Chocolate Tart, […]

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The Chocolate Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth

September 5 2011

What is really happening behind the Milky-bar creamy exterior of The Chocolate Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth? To find out what delicious threats are available to  guests and in order to provide a comprehensive report, I could do no less than loosen my belt a few notches and stay overnight. The Chocolate Boutique Hotel is Gerry Wilton’s brilliant idea. Wilton is, first and foremost, an entrepreneur who has been involved in […]

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