The Chocolate Tree

The Chocolate Tree
123 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4EQ
  • Telephone 0131 228 3144
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–7.30pm.
  • Average price £6 (hot chocolate & cake)
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Birra Moretti
The Chocolate Tree

Chocolate-box-sized café packed with artisanal craft chocolates, cakes and ice-cream made with creativity and a social conscience.

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Now well established as artisan chocolatiers, Alastair and Friederike Gower have not slacked on their ethical focus, still travelling to Madagascar and Peru to ensure their beans are sourced according to their ecological and ideological principles. The tiny shop-cum-café is as much a showcase for their wares as anything else and they are unapologetic that their prized chocolate bars take precedence over seating. It’s worth taking a gamble on a table being vacant, though, just for the hit of a thickly indulgent chocolate shot with churros. Vintage tea cups and colourful paper chocolate boxes add hints of indulgence without being fussy or formal. Bakes from sea salted caramel tarts to carrot cake are mostly gluten free and the counter is also stocked with a pleasing selection of macarons and homemade ice-creams and sorbets.

  • High point: Churros partnered perfectly with an intense chocolate shot
  • Low point: Lack of table seating
  • Notable dish: Chocolate
  • Average price: £6 (hot chocolate & cake)
Chocolate Larder

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  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Eclectic mix
  • Live entertainment: Sometimes host chocolate tasting
  • Capacity: 12
  • Largest group: 7
  • Open since: 2010

Reviews & features

How Scottish firm The Chocolate Tree developed a pioneering approach to chocolate-making

19 Jun 2014

Chocolatiers develop bean-to-bar chocolate making by sourcing quality, ethically sound cocoa beans

When the packaging of any chocolate bar posher than a Dairy Milk talks of ‘carefully selected beans’, ‘sustainable sourcing’ and ‘fair pay’ to cacao farmers, it isn't easy to pin down what these claims actually mean. For Ali & Friederike Gower of The…

Five things: The best Easter eggs in Scotland

24 Mar 2011

Some particularly special chocolate eggs for the discerning chocolate fan

Dark chocolate and raspberry from Coco of Bruntsfield One of a wide range of decadent eggs, this one is also filled with your choice of champagne truffles. Truffle from The Chocolate Tree As well as this swirly patterned design filled with…

Local Scottish artisan chocolatiers

17 Sep 2010

Cocoa Black, The Chocolate Tree, Oban Chocolate Co and more

Cocoa beans may not grow in Scotland, but the last decade has seen small, artisan chocolate makers spring up across the country. In this survey we take a particular look at examples of local influences in the ranges on offer.