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Chocolate Week at The Grove

30 September 2018 / Food /

The countdown is on; National Chocolate Week is almost upon us. Taking place from 15th – 21st October 2018, and now in its 14th year, this cocoa-based celebration puts an annual spotlight on the UK’s impressive chocolate scene.

To show our appreciation for the nation’s favourite treat, our head pastry chef Reece Collier has devised a chocolate-themed afternoon tea, featuring five, single-origin chocolate varieties from some of the finest cocoa farms around the world.

Served in the hotel’s Lounges, Reece’s afternoon tea concept features intricate desserts paired with different chocolates. Expect apple, blackberry and honey oat crumble paired with 35% white chocolate; Jamaican rum cake, almond and oolong tea paired with 46% milk chocolate from the Dominican Republic; and pear, hazelnut and vanilla paired with 68% dark chocolate from Ghana. There’s even a 64% dark chocolate from Belize served on its own, which is intended to be savoured to appreciate the deep cocoa flavour.

The chocolate afternoon tea is available from 8 – 21 October 2018. To make a reservation, book online or call us on 01923 296010.

If you are a serious chocolate-lover, and want to continue the celebrations year round, take a look below at Reece’s chocolate cake recipe below – which he believes is the ultimate crowd-pleaser.

Recipe: Reece’s Ultimate Chocolate Cake


225ml hot water

50ml bourbon whiskey

30g egg yolks

200ml vegetable oil

525g caster sugar

100g cocoa powder

375g plain flour

4g instant coffee

10g bicarbonate of soda

3 large eggs


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