From British heritage to outright creative and show stopping creations, we’ve rounded up the best chocolate shops you need to visit in the UK.
Paul A Young – London
One of the most renowned names in chocolate… Paul A Young is an English Chocolatier and Patissier with a passion for British chocolate. He decided to open his first store in 2006 and since then he has opened 2 more, winning numerous awards in the industry. His shops are famous for his delicious salted caramel and brownies. Everything is handmade by the expert chocolatiers in the kitchen downstairs so you know everything you’re purchasing is fresh. If you want to get even more involved and learn more about chocolate you can sign up to a masterclass with Paul A Young himself… what better way?
Choccywoccydoodah – Brighton/London
This Colourful boutique shop elevates chocolate to another level of art form, with extraordinary cakes that light up your face from the window. Choccywoccydoodah started out in Brighton as a small shop and café and since its arrival, the public has gone crazy over their creations, so much so that they even have their own TV series making extravagant art cakes out of chocolate for big celebrities and star events. The chocolatiers are both bakers and amazing artists and deserve a lot of praise for their handy work. Their best sellers included their chocolate callets, milk chocolate fudge layered chocolate bar and of course their original Choccywoccydoodah house style chocolate cake.
Bonbon chocolate boutique – Manchester
This artisan chocolatier and café is the only chocolatier in Manchester that sells handmade chocolates produced on the premises. It’s well known for its amazing hot chocolate served with artisan coffee and homemade cakes and desserts that you wouldn’t want to miss out on. They offer up fine chocolates, truffles and treats as well as more adventurous filled and infused flavours such as coconut & lemongrass, stilton & caramel, chai latte and orange and geranium. Another special touch about this place is that you can buy a golden ticket gift voucher, perfect for that Willy Wonka experience.
Cadbury World – Birmingham
Here you can become a big kid in an entire chocolate world! There is so much to do at Cadbury world, this definitely won’t be a quick pop in and more like a fun filled day out! As you enter you get given free bars of chocolate to munch on whilst you explore everything from chocolate making to learning the process of making the chocolate from production to packaging. Then, of course, comes the most important part of this place… The world’s biggest Cadbury shop, where you can find all the chocolate you can imagine! Don’t forget to pop into the Cadbury Café, where you can enjoy one of the famously chocolatey hot chocolates!
York’s Chocolate Story – York
York is the UK’s home of chocolate so it would be rude to leave the city out. At York’s chocolate Story you get to discover and re-live the stories behind all of the biggest names in chocolate. Here you can book yourself into exhibitions and learn everything about chocolate including getting the chance to learn the trade yourself. They have also recently introduced Terry’s guided city walk. In their shop, they stock the finest of brands from Great Britain and Yorkshire. Flavours vary from salted caramel all the way to Iron-Bru and all confectionery is made fresh onsite every day.
Guilberts Chocolates – Bristol
Guilberts Chocolates is the only remaining chocolatier in the city of Bristol and has been around for over 100 years now. If a chocolate store can stay open for that long then you know it’s going to be good. Here you can grab yourself some luxury handmade chocolates including truffles, bars, fondants and creams. If you ever decide to pop into Guilberts then you need to try their fondants and English rose & violet creams!