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Afternoon Tea at Hotel Chocolat

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One of #TeamCoco’s absolute favourite things to do is enjoy Afternoon Tea with friends, it’s a luxury that we simply adore.  Such a leisurely treat, and for once it’s not about grabbing lunch and heading back to the office, it’s also not about rushing round the city, it’s entirely about being decadent and chilling over quaint sandwiches, extravagant cakes, mouth watering nibbles, pots of the British favourite ‘tea’, and a glass (or two) of something fabulously fizzy.

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Our writer Rachel McAlley recently experienced the wondrous Afternoon Tea at Hotel Chocolat on Boar Lane in Leeds city centre, where she sat next to the giant glass windows while busy shoppers passed by.    Feeling like she was in a slow motion film, she watched the world pass by at one hundred miles an hour.

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As soon as the Afternoon Tea menu arrived so did a traditional champagne glass filled with bubbly Prosecco.   This was going to be good!

The Afternoon Tea arrived to much ‘oohing’ and ‘aahhing’ from Rachel and her guest, because not only did the cake stand have rare beef with white chocolate horseradish sandwiches, and cocoa gin cured salmon and avocado sandwiches (yes, that was gin in a sandwich), plus chicken with cocoa nib aioli sandwiches, and cucumber, dill, cream cheese and cocoa nib sandwiches, it also had house made banana bread, chocolate and orange scones with divine chocolate cream, caramelized white chocolate banana cheesecake, and caramel slices.  It didn’t stop there, as it also had a top tier filled with ‘made in Leeds’ chocolates, fudge and cocoa nibs…wow!

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It was an afternoon of total and utter chocolate heaven, and our stand out faves of the Afternoon Tea included the super moreish rare beef with white chocolate horseradish sandwiches, gin salmon sandwiches, house made banana bread, cheesecake, and of course the chocolatier’s very own fudge.

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If you’re looking for something beyond special, then Hotel Chocolat may just be the perfect place to visit. Priced at £25 per person, plus £5 for a glass of Prosecco, this is a very special treat for serious chocolate lovers.

Available from Hotel Chocolat on Boar Lane Leeds.

Rachel McAlley

Rachel is currently UK travel writer and beauty writer for House of Coco, she spends most of the week locked away in her garden office watching the world whizz by, and most of the weekend whizzing around the UK!

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