There’s nothing more comforting and warming than a nice hot cup of hot chocolate on a cold day. Over at York Cocoa House they don’t just stop there.
Just a short stroll from York Minster and York train station, you walk into the Cocoa House to dark wood furniture and display cases filled with chocolate delights for every sweet tooth to enjoy! The decor is classic, cosy and relaxing with vintage signs adorning the walls. Not in a way that looks like they’ve seen better days and been rescued for nostalgia but as if they are right where they belong.
From the picture above you can see just a fraction of the sweet treats that are available; ranging from scones, truffles, cakes, chocolate drops – everything containing some degree of chocolate! That’s not just the sweet but the savoury too (I know it doesn’t sound quite right, but trust me, it’s well worth a try!) There is an Afternoon Chocolate available to order which I tried on a previous visit. Upon discovering even the savoury contained chocolate I was a little apprehensive, but I had no need to be and was very pleasantly surprised indeed.
You can view the Afternoon Chocolate menu here and I might advise booking in advance if you’re going to give it a go – everything is made fresh daily and no-one wants to be disappointed, especially where chocolate is involved!
On this particular visit my mam and I decided to go for a ‘light lunch’ and opted for their Cherry & Chocolate Scone, served warm with a pot of jam and clotted cream. In one word? Delicious! The right amount of everything was in that scone and the sweetness wasn’t overbearing, which you may expect from some fruit and chocolate combination produce.
To drink I went for a White Hot Chocolate which was delicious, whilst my mam went for a signature of the Cocoa House with their Yorkshire Rose Hot Chocolate. With tastes along the lines of creamy Turkish delight she was in her element. Both drinks came accompanied with a ginger truffle each which was very tasty indeed. The only down side to it was that it had started to melt on the side of the cup – but I didn’t hesitate to just use my spoon and clean it all up.
One of the great things about the Cocoa House is that you can buy the chocolate to take home and make yourself. Especially useful if you aren’t a York native and want to take a taste of the place home with you. Even the jars of chocolate drops aren’t just decorative but also available to take away.
What can I say – it’s a chocolate lovers haven! Their website has the option of ordering their chocolate selection online too so fear not if you miss your favourite hot chocolate or sweet treat.
They have a range of events and workshops you can get involved with to try your hand at being a chocolatier. Some are available as a daily drop in and some require booking so check their web page to make sure you don’t miss out!
So, which hot chocolate will you try? Devour the Afternoon Chocolatada or a treat on cheat day? I haven’t visited York if I haven’t been, you’ll see why.