The best chocolate shops in East Anglia
With Easter is only weeks away, Liz Mattock has the top five chocolate shops wrapped up.
The Chocolate Deli, Little Walsingham, Norfolk
Self-taught chocolatier, Dale Skipper, has opened The Chocolate Deli in the religious village of Little Walsingham. The shop offers a vast selection of sweet specialities, from milk, dark and white chocolate with infusions from salted caramel to more exotic chilli. Easter eggs are available to order.
Chocoholics can book onto a chocolate workshop, and the deli’s online shop means you can order all year round. www.thechocolatedeli.co.uk
Cocoa Mama, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7AF
Cocoa Mama makes fresh chocolate, entirely by hand. Chocolatier, Helen Fraser works tirelessly developing fresh truffles and pralines with flavours inspired by local Suffolk produce, such as honey, raspberry, apple, lavender, dark ale, cider and chilli. Cocoa Mama also produces fresh cakes and their own brand of fresh coffee to warm up passers-by on cold Spring days. www.cocoamama.co.uk
Digby’s Fine Chocolates, Norfolk, NR27 9HN
Ex Royal-Marine Digby, is the artisan expert behind this fine fort of flavour. Now, some 20 years on Digby owns three shops in Norwich, Cromer and Aylsham. These include tantalising delights from upmarket Belgian and English chocolates superb liquorice treats from Finland and Holland.
All gifts, including Easter gifts, are carefully packaged in their own imaginative and special way. www.digbyschocolates.com
Rumsey’s Chocolate, 26 High Street, Wendover, Bucks, HP22 6EA
Master chocolatier Nigel Rumsey has been creating his exquisite range of award winning hand-made chocolates since 1991. Inspired by the film ‘Chocolat’, the establishment provides a wonderful sumptuous environment in which to sit, eat lunch, drink coffee, tea or hot chocolate and choose from the wonderful selection of truffles, ganache, pralines, creams and petit fours; each with its own distinctive flavour. www.rumseys.co.uk.
Chocolate Chocolat, 21 St Andrews Street, Cambridge, Cambs, CB2 3AX
Voted Cambridge’s favourite chocolate shop, the store is packed with delicious treats from bars and buttons to gifts and specialities. Chocoholics will love the huge range of flavours available and its famous handmade sheet chocolate. On cold days warms up with a hot chocolate and during summer months try the handmade ice cream. Chocolate tasting and making courses are available from £20. www.chocolatchocolat.co.uk