Hotel Chocolat to open Cocoa Bar Cafe in Liverpool

Chocolatier Hotel Chocolat has launched part of its cocoa cafe and store concept in the Liverpool One shopping centre.

The company secured a 1,447 sq ft unit in the mall earlier this year, and while the chocolate shop opened last week (December 7th), the Cocoa Bar Cafe will not be open to the public until March next year. Following the opening of Rabot 1745, a new cocoa-based restaurant in Borough Market, the cafe concept is being rolled out elsewhere. The new site will be next to Home, which also occupies a 5,233 sq ft unit in the centre and will be opening on December 16th. Home will span three floors and offer homemade cakes and food, alongside its signature blend of coffee.

The new Cocoa Bar concept has already launched successfully in London and is being rolled out regionally. It is hoped that a series of hospitality jobs will follow in tow with these new openings.

Angus Thirlwell, Hotel Chocolat's co-founder and chief executive, said: "The north-west is a key focus for Hotel Chocolat, and Liverpool ONE is the perfect location in which to showcase our products to consumers from throughout the region. The Cocoa Bar Café concept has already proved highly successful in London, and Liverpool is a natural progression for the brand. As cocoa growers ourselves, we are able to really draw on this exciting ingredient, and our unique new menu will offer a delicious concoction of both sweet and savoury items.”

Mr Thirlwell and fellow co-founder Peter Harris bought the Rabot Estate cocoa plantation in 2005, and have since opened a series of retail stores across the world, as well as launching a website and chocolate mail order firm. In 2011, a 14-bedroom hotel and restaurant opened on the Rabot estate in the West Indies.

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