Chocolate lovers rejoice – a new high-end chocolate store is set to open in Cardiff.
Selling the likes of Pink Champagne Truffles, Mulled Wine Truffles, Caramel Liquid Chocolat and Penne Cocoa Pasta, Hotel Chocolat is set to take over the Carphone Warehouse site in The Hayes.
The company has submitted planning applications for a new shop front and a licensing application to allow it to sell alcohol.
Inside, the store will have displays offering a variety of chocolate, including the popular “Selector Zone”, which features small-sized selections of favourite recipes in the minimum amount of packaging.
While the company’s chocolates are already on sale in the gift food department in John Lewis, the new store will be the first in the city.
In existing stores and online, the firm sells Christmas hampers for £150 or ultimate hampers for £300. Some chocolate boxes, like the Chocolatier’s Table, cost £58.
Hotel Chocolat was founded by British entrepreneurs Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris 20 years ago and grew from an award-winning website with the launch of the first retail store in 2004.
The company aims to offer “innovative, high quality chocolate with ingredients from ethical and sustainable sources”. On the company’s website, it boasts of a “passion and commitment to authentic chocolate” and “an experience that is totally unique”.
The store is set to open at the start of December, with a launch party planned for December 6.
A Hotel Chocolat spokeswoman said: “We’ve had so many requests to open in Cardiff, you only have to look at our Facebook page to see how many requests we’ve had.”
Hotel Chocolat’s new store is the latest in a number of recent Cardiff openings offering a range of new eating opportunities.
The Cosy Club café is set to open in St David’s on November 23. Paul Alexander, its operations manager, described it as “gentlemen’s club meets village hall with a twist of cricket pavilion thrown in for good measure”.
Bill’s Restaurant opened in mid-October and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as produce ranging from bottled beers to jams and chutneys. And Viva Brazil!, which specialises in South American-style barbecue meats, opened on the ground floor of the Maldron Hotel on St Mary Street at the end of October.