Don’t be sad now Summer’s gone, nights are drawing in and the weather’s blowing colder. Rejoice instead that hot chocolate season is here.
To get you in the mood, we’ve straw polled our local friends in the know for this list of top spots in Cornwall to sip a mug of warm, chocolaty goodness.
1) Godrevy Beach Café, Godrevy
A stone’s throw from one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall, the Godrevy Beach Café goes all out on its post-surf hot chocolates – and you don’t actually have to get in the water to order one, either.
Godrevy was nominated by Bedruthan Facebook friend Maria Anne Greenham Heseltine, who said: “My eldest son, Gabriel, has enjoyed the most amazing hot chocolate there.
“The hot chocs at the Blue Cafe in Porthlevan are brilliant too and both cafés have lovely sea and harbour views.”
2) Woods Café, Cardinham Woods
This family-run, independent cafe nestles on the bank of a stream deep in Cardinham Woods near Bodmin. It’s a perfect spot for a lovely long walk followed by a little reward in the café afterwards – whether it be a steaming hot chocolate or a freshly-baked cake or scone. The café is family and dog-friendly with loads of outside seating and a lovely roaring fire in the winter.
Bedruthan Facebook friend Fred Blunden from Truro said: “A visit to Woods is particularly lovely on a chilly day. The hot chocolates really are great.”
3) Brown Sugar, Fowey
Brown Sugar is a bright, friendly cafe in the heart of Fowey, just opposite the church and comes recommended by our Facebook friend Claire Hill from Tywardreath.
Run for the past eight years by local girl Tania Daniel, Brown Sugar sell lots of drinks, snacks, sandwiches and meals, to eat in or take away and their hot chocolates are to die for.
As well as a range of home–made cakes, they also cater for gluten and dairy-free customers.
4) Espressini Artisan Coffee, Falmouth
This hip, happening, yet friendly coffee shop was voted one of The Independent’s Top 50 Indi Coffee Shops in the UK and Lonely Planet’s Best Indi Coffee House in Cornwall 2014, but the hot chocolates are equally quaffable.
These guys have got knowledge when it comes to different varieties of coffee, chocolate and all things caffeinated, but more than that – they know how to share it in a light, fun way.
Bedruthan Facebook friend Maggie Mitchell, of Falmouth said: “I love the ambience.
“The coffee is amazing according to all my family who drink it, but I can personally vouch for the incredibly creamy hot chocolate and lovely New York-style sandwiches.”
5) Flying Saucers, Wadebridge
You won’t get a sea view with your Flying Saucers hot chocolate, but the quality of the quaffing makes this café the idea watering hole if you’re walking or biking the Camel Trail.
And yes, the café is shaped like a real flying saucer.
6) Wild Café, Mawgan Porth
I know we’re biased, but our Facebook friends did vote for a boozy hot chocolate from our very own Wild Café as one of the best winter warmer experiences in Cornwall. Our signature boozy hot chocolate is topped with cinnamon cream, a toasted homemade marshmallow and sugar dusted popcorn. Curl up in front of the wood burner in our Tranquillity Lounge and gaze out at the sea.
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