Hotel Chocolat Chocolate Store @ Covent Garden

Hotel Chocolatは、約20年の歴史を持つイギリスのチョコレート専門店のチェーンで、現在イギリスを中心に世界で60店以上の店舗を持ち、その商品は大手デパートのJohn Lewisでも販売されている。エレガントでスタイリッシュなパッケージは贈り物に最適で、私たちも時折ギフト用に買っている(あげるだけで自分たちで食べた事はないのだけれど)。

ある日、Covent Garden店の前を通りかかった時、店頭の「cocoa & coffee bar」の文字を発見。Hotel Chocolatにカフェがあるなんて知らなかったので、興味津々で中に入ってみた。外からはカフェのスペースが見えないけれど、それも当然。想像より広々としているカフェは地下にある。エスプレッソとチョコレートクッキーを注文したが、後からカカオを自社農園で栽培していると知り、ココアを頼めば良かったと少し後悔。コーヒーとクッキーは、可愛い木のトレーにのせられて出てきたのは良かったが、イートインなのに陶器製のカップじゃなく紙コップ出てきたこと、そしてチョコレート専門店にもかかわらずスウィーツ類が少なく(この日は4種類のみ)、しかもクッキーや焼き菓子のみで、チョコレートを贅沢に使った見た目も麗しいケーキがなかったのが、とても残念でした。

Hotel Chocolat is a British chocolatier with 20 years in business. It currently has over 60 own stores mainly in UK but also internationally including USA, and its products are sold in John Lewis stores as well. Its elegant and stylish packaging is perfect for a gift, and we sometimes buy their chocolates as a present (but we have never tried them ourselves!).

We spot the words ‘cocoa & coffee bar’ on the shop front of the Covent Garden store and came inside for curiosity, as I didn’t know Hotel Chocolat has a café as well. It was not easy to find the café space from outside because it is downstairs. The café was more spacious than we expected. We ordered espresso, but I should have ordered cocoa, as it grows cocoa in their own plantation! Coffee was served on cute wooden tray. A little disappointment though was in a paper cup instead of ceramic cup, even for eat-in. Another problem was there were only four kinds of rather boring sweets such as chocolate chip cookies and coconut balls with chocolate on top. They are chocolatier and should make a variety of good looking cakes like in French pâtisserie, using their famous chocolates!

Double espresso, flat white, and chocolate chip cookies

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