Top 10 chocolate shops in the UK

Days out, Easter, Food and Drink

Posted by Hannah on 1st September 2022

A selection of chocolates on a shop counter

Chocolate - smooth, delicious, and indulgent; as a nation, chocolate is one of the most-enjoyed treats and with so many home-grown chocolatiers, it’s not hard to see why. Combine your next holiday with a chocolate lovers trail, and discover delicious chocolate shops for yourself.

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Chocolate shop in Mullion

Trenance Chocolate, Mullion Cove, Cornwall

One of the many wonderful things about Cornwall is the tastes that it offers, from the Cornish pasties to traditional Cornish cider, but for the chocolate lovers, there’s plenty of that too. Trenance Chocolate produces tasty delights every day of the week in their lovely factory in Mullion Cove. Set within The Chocolate Factory and Craft Centre, this isn’t just a place to taste chocolate, and makes for a brilliant chocolate-themed day out. Although we would highly recommend getting comfy in the café with Trenance hot chocolate, the friendly llamas also love having visitors - a UK chocolate shop with a difference!

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Chocolate shop in Appledore

The Appledore Chocolate Shop, Devon

From Cumbria, all the way to the North Devon coast in 2009, English chocolate makers, the Kennedy's, decided to open a shop in the pretty seaside village of Appledore. The quaint little shop is a real gem to stumble across along the narrow, winding roads of Appledore. Inside, enjoy a lovely range of Kennedy’s tasty treats along with ice creams and novelty chocolate items – perfect for taking a few gifts home after your holiday.

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Chococo, Dorset

Offering a delicious selection of handmade chocolates and truffles using fresh cream from Dorset cows, UK chocolatier, Chococo, have four venues in Swanage, Winchester, Exeter and Horsham. As well as browsing their tasty creations in the shop, you can enjoy a mug of hot chocolate in their café, plus they offer chocolate workshops, tastings and parties for special occasions.

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  • Address: (Flagship store) Commercial Rd, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1DF
  • Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9.30am - 5:30pm, Saturday: 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sunday: 10am - 5pm
  • Stay nearby: Cottages in Dorset

Stow on the Wold

Cotswold Chocolate Company, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswolds

Bringing a whole new meaning to chocolate-box village, visit the Cotswold Chocolate Company in Stow-on-the-Wold where the owners have sourced inspiration from their children. They offer a wonderful range of novelty items and children’s bars as well as more sophisticated and delectable tastes for adults!

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  • Address: France House, Digbeth St, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1BN
  • Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 10am - 10.30pm, Sunday: 10.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Stay nearby: Stow-on-the-Wold cottages

Cromer Chocolate Shop

Harald's Chocolate Shop, Cromer, Norfolk

Tantalise your tastebuds with a visit to this quaint little chocolate shop, set up by former Royal Marine, Digby. An array of beautiful chocolates of all shapes and flavours await. Just steps from Cromer Pier, once you've made your mouth-watering selection, you can find a bench and tuck into your treats by the sea.

  • Address: 6 Garden Street, Cromer, Norfolk
  • Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am to 5pm, Sunday: 10am to 5pm
  • Stay nearby: Cottages in Cromer

Pretty Chocolates

Baravelli's, Wales

With several TV and radio appearances under their belts, owners of Baravelli's, Emma and Mark, are somewhat celebrities in the world of chocolatiers! Their chocolate creations, which are as beautiful as they are delicious, have featured in Harrods and Selfridges, and include hand-painted eggs, hand-sculpted commissions, and, of course, exquisite chocolates.

  • Address: 13 Bangor Road, Uppergate Quarter, Conwy LL32 8NG
  • Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
  • Stay nearby: Cottages in Conwy

Chocolate shop in Ramsbottom

The Chocolate Cafe, Lancashire

This quirky little café in Ramsbottom adds a chocolate twist to every meal, from hot chocolate with your breakfast to a tasty chilli bowl with 100% cocoa for lunch! As for the nibbles, choose from white, milk, dark, strawberry and caramel chocolate buttons. What a way to spend a relaxing afternoon! If you’re not in the area anytime soon, don’t worry, you could order a chocolate pizza from The Chocolate Cafe online instead!

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  • Address: 2 Bolton Street, Ramsbottom BL0 9HX
  • Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4.30pm
  • Stay nearby: Cottages in Lancashire

Chocolate Shop in Thornton Le Dale

The Chocolate Factory, Thornton-le-Dale, Yorkshire

With a chocolate shop at its heart, it’s not difficult to see why Thornton-le-Dale is considered one of Yorkshire’s prettiest villages. Set up in 2002 by chocolate-loving brothers, Gareth and Chris, The Chocolate Factory has appeared on TV several times and has been welcoming visitors with delicious Belgian chocolate delights. There’s also a second shop, found in Hutton-le-Hole. They are arguably the best chocolate shops in the UK, or at least amongst the most well-renowned!

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  • Address: Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire YO18 7RN
  • Opening hours: February 1st - December 31st, Every Day 10.00am-5.00pm
  • Stay nearby: Cottages in the Yorkshire Dales

Chocolate shop in Cumbria

Kennedy's Fine Chocolates, Cumbria

Family-run Kennedy's Fine Chocolates are based in the small village of Orton, between Kendal and Penrith, just outside of the Lake District National Park. Set in a picturesque location, the only way to make your trip even more special is to fill it with chocolate. With 90 chocolate varieties to choose from, you’ll no doubt struggle to pick your favourites. You’ll also find the shop bursting with other items such as jams, chutneys and biscuits.

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  • Address: 34 Corran Esplanade, Oban PA34 5PS
  • Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm
  • Stay nearby: Cottages in Cumbria

Pretty town of Oban

Oban Chocolate Company, Scotland

Nestled on the esplanade of the pretty harbour town of Oban on the west coast of Scotland, the Oban Chocolate Company offers a tale of true family commitment to chocolate. Here you can enjoy the chocolatey aroma as the chocolatiers work hard, you can sneak a peek at the tasty goods through a viewing window. The café is the perfect spot to relax with some tasty treats, enjoying pretty views across Oban Bay. Oban Chocolate Company also offer short children’s workshops, where they can make their own Belgian chocolates – definitely a fun treat for the little ones! As chocolate retailers go, this one is hard to beat: a scenic location, chocolate made before your eyes, and something for the kids too!

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  • Address: 34 Corran Esplanade, Oban PA34 5PS
  • Opening hours: Thursday - Monday, 10am - 5pm
  • Stay nearby: Cottages in Oban

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