Rococo Chocolates moving to new stand-alone retail store in Chester

After 5 years nestled at the front of the Grosvenor Hotel on Chester’s Eastgate, Rococo Chocolates is moving to bigger and brighter things at its own independent store at 118 Northgate Street.

The new store will have an even wider selection of delectable handmade chocolates, artisan bars, chocolate figurines and classic gift boxes.

This larger store will also feature a cosy cafe and garden terrace where customers can meet friends and enjoy award winning hot chocolate, and freshly made barista coffee from local roasters Adams + Russell Coffee Roasters

The new shop will also feature a unique Chocolate Classroom which will host workshops, tastings and for all kinds of groups events and occasions from children’s birthdays, to corporate team building to sophisticated hen parties!

VIP guests will be invited to attend an evening party at the new store hosted by Rococo Chocolates Founder, Chantal Coady and her husband James Booth on Thursday 8 June and Rococo Chocolates will open its door for the soft launch on 31 May.

Manager, Peter Kubica: “I’m really excited about the possibilities that this new location will bring. Not only will we continue to be the only chocolate shop in Chester selling award winning handmade chocolates, but now we have social and learning spaces where our customers can really indulge in their passion for all things chocolate!”

Rococo Chocolates Founder, Chantal Coady, OBE: “I’m thrilled to see Rococo Chester, which is our only store outside of London, really blossom and offer so much to chocolate fans from Chester and beyond. Peter Kubica, our effervescent and irrepressible manager, has put together a great team who have huge enthusiasm and chocolate knowledge and understand that superb customer service is as important as providing a wonderful product; they are amazing ambassadors and I am so proud of them all!”

Assistant Manager, Dan Mitchell: “There are some amazing changes going on in Chester at the moment, with all sorts of investments and improvements being made to our city. Our move to this great new location puts us at the very heart of the newly revived Northgate Quarter, opposite Chester’s wonderful new arts centre: Storyhouse.

Notes to editors

Chantal Coady, OBE:

In 1983, a young woman dared to follow her dreams, to share with others her love for real chocolate.  Following on from a Saturday job in Harrods selling chocolate, Chantal knew she wanted to create her own magical emporium of luxury chocolate. She envisaged Rococo to be a chocolate paradise, so armed with a little knowledge, a dangerous passion and the belief that there was room for a radically different approach to chocolate, Chantal opened the doors of the first Rococo Chocolates shop on the Kings Road in Chelsea. Rococo is known for Ethical Luxury, Chantal has invested in a cocoa farm in Grenada where they work with the local farmers and the Grenada Chocolate Company to add value to this most important crop.

More than three decades and five shops later Chantal is still pioneering the movement for real chocolate.  In 2014 Chantal Coady was awarded an O.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours ‘For Services to Chocolate’ recognising her long and ground-breaking career.

Awards:

Rococo is proud to have been recognised by the Academy of Chocolate, International Chocolate Awards and Great Taste for our chocolates.  Rococo won 9 medals at the Academy of Chocolate www.acadofchoc.com awards in April 2017

Gold: Yuzu and Sake, Rooibos
Silver:  Lychee & Thai Lime, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Macadamia Gianduja, Liquorice & Rhubarb
Bronze: Popcorn Ganache, Cashew & Caramelised Cocoa Nib Cluster, Caramelised Macadamias & Hazelnuts

Four Delicious Declarations of Love

Valentine's flavours 083Rococo’s principal chocolatier Barry Johnson and his talented team have dreamt up some very special Valentines flavours with which to woo your sweetheart. The chocolates are handmade at Rococo’s London chocolate kitchen and are made from the finest ingredients including chocolate from Rococo’s farm in Grenada.

  • Mango & Passion Fruit Soft Caramel

Soft, chewy mango and passion fruit caramel

  • Raspberry & Rose Caramel

Soft caramel made with pureed raspberries and infused with rose

  • Lemon & Violet Ganache

Crushed lemon puree and violet white chocolate ganache

  • Strawberry & Marc de Champagne Ganache

Mara de Bois strawberry jelly layered with a milk chocolate ganache flavoured with a champagne brandy.

These freshly made ganaches are sold loose at £13.50 for 100g and only available from the 4 Rococo shops,

Motcomb Street, Kings Road, Moxon Street and Chester.

www.rococochocolates.com

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Pleasure Pure and Simple

262488 (2)The new box of caramels from Rococo chocolates, created by Rococo’s award winning Principal Chocolatier Barry Johnson, is simply stunning. Each soft, creamy, delicately flavoured caramel with a shell of delicious dark chocolate is a real melt in the mouth moment that has got to be savoured.

The box contains:

  • Passion Fruit & Rosemary Caramel (ICA World Silver 2013, AoC Gold 2013)
  • Kalamansi Lime Caramel (ICA World Silver 2013, AoC Gold 2013)
  • Mandarin & Tonka Bean Caramel
  • Pear William Caramel

The box is part of the couture rang, is freshly made and has a shelf life of 2 weeks.  It would be a surprise if it ever lasted that long!

The Caramel box with 12 caramels, 3 of each flavour, retails at £17.50. It is available from Rococo shops in Belgravia, Chelsea, Marylebone, and Chester as well as from the website.

www.rococochocolates.com

Note to Editors:

Barry explains how he creates the flavours. “I carefully prepare the caramels’ consistency to compliment the added flavours,” says Barry, “the caramel that I use for the Kalamansi lime is rich and buttery, quite different from the passion fruit and rosemary which has a much lighter texture and taste allowing the flavours to shine through. The collection is one of my proudest achievements with Rococo Chocolates”

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