02 Jul Don’t Miss Places for Hot Chocolate in the UK
Staff Blogger: Pack-n-Go Girl, Sarah Travis
We all enjoy hot chocolate, right? But the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had was actually in the United Kingdom. So next time you go to Scotland or England, here are some not-to-miss hot chocolate places.
4. Langley Castle: A 14th Century castle nestled in the Northumbrian valley of the South Tyne located near Hexham, England, Langley Castle serves up some oh so beautiful hot chocolate. It’s got a rich flavor, creamy texture, and a bit cinnamon-y. The hot chocolate here also doesn’t have much of a dry texture when you start to reach the bottom, it stays liquid-y. But what’s even more fun is the whole experience of having hot chocolate in a castle. How often do you do that? That makes Langley Castle a place you must visit.
3. The Elephant House: I’m sure you’ve all heard of this cafe in Edinburgh where J.K. Rowling would write down her ideas for Harry Potter on napkins. Now, this hot chocolate is perfectly fine, creamy, chocolatey, and overall very good. I would say that it is a slight above average cup of cocoa, with average being a much less watery and more chocolatey version of Nestle. The food here is amazing too, not to mention the various dessert options! But a forewarning: there WILL always be a line since this is a very popular place in London. Super secret hint: I would suggest going into the bathrooms for an interesting surprise!
2. La Barantine Victoria: This cafe is perfect for a nice breakfast or if you just want to hang out with some friends. It is located in Edinburgh on the exact street that inspired J.K. Rowling’s Diagon Alley. It’s the perfect place to stop if you’re wanting a break from all your traveling. The interior is quite lovely, the walls are made of rough stone, and if you look closely, you can see shells buried in the stone. It’s a bit of a tight fit but oh so worth it if you order the hot chocolate. It’s homemade and is the perfect combination of cream and chocolate – not to mention that the hot chocolate is also the perfect temperature, so you don’t have to wait for it to cool down. However, when you start completing the drink and reach the bottom of your glass, the taste tends to stay the same instead of getting richer, but overall, it is a wonderful place to go to.
1. Mhor Bread: This tearoom and pie bakery is in the small town of Callander, Scotland, on the way to the Scottish Highlands. You can enjoy top-notch sweet and savory pies in a fiercely attractive and cozy cafe. Now for the hot chocolate – this is 10\10 hot chocolate – probably the best I’ve ever had. EVER. The creamy, rich chocolate emanates heat and warmth. Even the slight bit of cinnamon sprinkled atop the fluffy cream is absolutely delicious, providing the perfect taste that even words cannot describe.
If you’re as big a fan of hot chocolate as I am, don’t miss these fabulous places on your next trip to England and Scotland. Every time I travel, I’m always eager to order more hot chocolate and see how the next cup compares. Where’s your next hot chocolate going to be?