Rococo Scores a Hat Trick in the Great Taste Awards

20150809_141231Rococo Chocolates are pleased to announce that Barry Johnson, Principal chocolatier and his team has been honoured with three awards in the 2015 taste Awards. Very well done to them.

There were 10,000 Great Taste entries this year and of those products only 130 have been awarded a 3-star, 597 received a 2-star and 2,382 were awarded a 1-star accolade. And to cap it all the Kalamansi is in the top 50 products out of the 10,000 entered.

The awards are given stars and this is what the stars stand for:

1 = Really great taste. Totally delicious

2 = Almost perfect. Keep going back for more and more

3 = Mind blowingly amazing. Perfect in every way

Kalamansi Lime Caramel – awarded 3 stars and here is some of what the judges had to say:

Beautiful finish and attractive presentation. Not too sweet, with a good zing from the lime. Good balance of chocolate with caramel and lime. Delightful appearance. Excellent cacao aroma. The shell is beautifully made. The Kalamansi character comes across well. Great balance with the light caramel. The finish is clean but with delightful long fruity notes both from the cacao and the filling – a well judged balance.


Blackcurrant Marshmallow – awarded 2 stars and the comments were:

Glorious highly inviting colour. The blackcurrant flavour is evident and tangy. Good natural flavour with no synthetic edge. The silky smooth mouthfeel is contrasted by the addition of whole blackcurrants. The consistency is akin to that of a well sprung mattress. Attractive colour and appearance. Pretty colour. Good sharp blackcurrant flavour and a pleasant texture.

Salted Chocolate Toffee & Crunchy Praline – awarded 1 star and this is what they said:

Good quality chocolate, well formed. The chocolate shell has a good snap. The praline is well flavoured and has a pleasant crunch with a nutty flavour.

Available from Rococo Shops and website.

Welcome to Holly&Lil The Groomers – our latest exciting venture

HBD_Groomers_base9The Groomers finally opened on 25th July 2015 at 90 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 4TP – just ten days after our tenth birthday – I hope many of you will come and check us out. Email [email protected] or call 0207 237 7226 or 0203 287 3024.   Now you can drop your dog off for a Full Monty Groom and go check out the local sights and shop and then return and get your dog and go try one of the delicious restaurants in Bermondsey St, which is 2 mins away.

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At Holly&Lil The Groomers we aim to provide a first class service but we do not pander to fads here. The dogs always come first. We will not paint your pooches nails or colour their hair, though a squirt of sweet smelling Spritzer is never out of place. We will ensure we use the best products and equipment and have super qualified stylists giving seriously great haircuts and treatments that will enhance each dogs individual beauty. All of our Groomers are Scissor Advanced Award Winners and have worked at top Salons, eg Harrods Spa.  Training for well over 3 years and many working as long again.  We have been proud to call them friends and customers and now colleagues.

     Bulldog Bathing Closer  Archie  Akita bathing solo

It has been a project long in the pipeline.  Years ago when we started supplying Harrods with our collars we became friendly with the Pet Spa Groomers there.  They all buy our collars and have been down to our shop at 103 Bermondsey St many times. As our friendships grew the seed was sewn but there was no room at Bermondsey St for a Groomers let alone THE GROOMERS.

                                    Labradoodle grooming tag team          Yorkie Nail Clipped

Here are a few examples of the fabulous work the girls have done in their first few days;

           Labradoodle Grooming Oscar         Yorkie Grooming Tilly

This year Elaine started to look and the very first shop she saw, just a few minutes from Bermondsey St fitted the bill right away. And we jumped in.  Elaine planned every detail of the shop herself with customers helping and offering their services.  Local tradesmen were used and local builders. And Elaine felt like the character in the Costner Film ‘Field of dreams’ …. ”If we build it they will come” and look even more wonderful when they leave!  We have bought only the best be it the brushes, the shampoos or the electric lighted tables.  We hope the Grooming experience and our Groomers skills will set us apart from other Spas or Groomers.  Your dog is worth it and we plan to make our service second to none!

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Our aim is to achieve superb standards of quality and customer service and satisfaction at The Groomers that we have strived for at The Collar Makers for years.  Wonderful products made with love.  We also have a full range of our collars at 90 Tower Bridge Road and some gorgeous toys and treats and shampoos and ‘other stuff’ we have selected to make your shopping experience as much fun as we can.  Quality and love and a hefty dose of fun – all the values that have made Holly&Lil a joy for all these years.  Email [email protected] or call 0207 237 7226 or 0203 287 3024 for a booking

Or call Elaine 07811715452 for more info. High Res Images available