When I think of Hotel Chocolat I think of luxurious chocolate treats and gifts, until I visited Liverpool earlier in the year, I had no idea there were cafes too!
The cafes are a new concept serving cocoa based drinks and food - a chocoholics heaven.
Hotel Chocolat Cafes have developed a range of drinks by roasting cocoa beans and all of the coffees on the menu are made solely by using chocolate, coffee beans and skimmed milk, there's no syrups, flavourings or additives. Hotel Chocolate live by their mantra; more cocoa, less sugar.
The food choices are mainly snack based, including various flavours of chocolate brownies, nut bars and cake and there's even cocoa flavoured beef jerky!
They have also introduced ice cream to the menu since I visited which is infused with St Lucian Theobroma cocoa nibs, which looks and sounds incredible.
The interior of the cafe is not too dissimilar to most coffee shops you will visit, everything was clean and modern with a cocoa bean box decorated counter area. There is also a Hotel Chocolat shop on the side to tempt you on the way out for a treat to take home.
The cafe we visited was located in Liverpool One, really central and easy to find.
Elodie and I both ordered the Classic Hot Chocolate which is made with shaved chocolate and skimmed milk with the special chocolate cream and chocolate sprinkles on top. They were so indulgent and felt like such a treat... Undoubtedly the best hot chocolates we have ever tasted (and we're quite the connoisseurs!)
Ever since visiting I have wanted to return for another drink, they were THAT good! If you're in the North East like me, the closest location to us is York... And trust me, it's definitely worth the trip.
What's your favourite Hotel Chocolat treat?