One of the Isle of Wight’s ultimate sweet-tooth havens is the Chocolate Apothecary, a charming family-run seafront business in Ryde. This coffeeshop-chocolatier is captivating, drawing you in with an interior of antique shelves stacked high with all manner of quaint trinkets. The tables are topped with glass, revealing weighty layers of coffee beans beneath. Floor-to-ceiling windows at the front capture swathes of sunlight, and offer picturesque seaward views.
Everything tastes incredible, from the chocolates and candies to the cakes and desserts. There are gluten-free options available, too. For a real treat, enquire about the hot chocolates. They have flavours for every taste: dark hot chocolate, white hot chocolate, mint hot chocolate, dark chilli hot chocolate — the list goes on! If you’re in luck, you’ll visit when they’ve got a speciality hot chocolate on the go, like a thicker-than-usual Italian ‘cioccolata calda’ (pictured).
Briddlesford Farm Dairy Café
Where better to enjoy a creamy hot chocolate than a farm’s dairy café? Briddlesford Lodge Farm, sited in Ryde, are known for their fresh, seasonal, self- or locally-sourced food, and full-flavoured hot chocolates. A truly authentic taste.
While you’re there, enjoy one of the farm café’s signature dishes, such as house schnitzel, homemade pies, halloumi burgers, and Briddlesford mess dessert. Stock up from the farm shop before you head home.
If you find yourself at Chocolate Island, whether you’ve driven there with purpose or stumbled upon it as a passing traveler, you know you’re in for a treat. The chocolatier, located in a traditional thatched cottage in Godshill, create a broad range of handmade chocolates.
Chocolate Island serve a selection packaged hot chocolate for you to take home and enjoy — just pour hot milk or cream over the solid chocolate to melt it, give it a good stir, and drink. It doesn’t get much more indulgent or rich than this.
Needles Old Battery
Travel back in time, with cups of hot chocolate served in fine china, period newspapers rolled up and ready for you to read, and a stunning view of The Needles and Alum Bay, from the cozy comfort of the Old Needles Battery — an repurposed World War Two signaling station.
You can also enjoy freshly-made scones, sandwiches, cakes, and tea!
No. 64, Shanklin
One of Shanklin’s newest eateries, No. 64, pride themselves on a fine selection of cocktails, bubbles, beers, and sports — but they’re quickly becoming known for their delectable hot chocolates, too!
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