The Chocolate Tree
Chocolate-box-sized café packed with artisanal craft chocolates, cakes and ice-cream made with creativity and a social conscience.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
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
- 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-making19 Jun 2014
Chocolatiers develop bean-to-bar chocolate making by sourcing quality, ethically sound cocoa beans
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