When temperatures plummet and the heavens open (as they seem to do daily at the moment), what can be more of a treat than a steaming mug of sumptuous Hot Chocolate?! Not all offerings are created equal though, so we’ve tracked down a selection of the finest Hot Chocolates in and around East Cheshire for you to try 😊
From a true chocolate connoisseur’s dream (80% cocoa anyone?!) to luscious offerings heaped with lashings of cream and marshmallows to vegan delights, there’s something for everyone. So why not escape the wind and rain and treat yourself and your little ones to a truly comforting Hug in a Mug from one of the child friendly venues below…
❤️ Courtyard Coffee House, Knutsford
The Courtyard is consistently recommended by local parents as being a great child friendly place – kids love the quirky decorations and model train which circles the garden.
The tea room has a quaint, cosy atmosphere which makes it the perfect place to savour their amazing Hot Chocolate made from real chocolate flakes and topped with whipped cream, marshmallows and a flake. Enjoy with a cake from their extensive list which includes gluten free options. Delicious.
Courtyard Coffee House, 92 King St, Knutsford WA16 6ED
❤️Sam Joseph, The Picturedrome, Macclesfield
Given their reputation as one of the best producers of all things chocolate, we had high hopes for Sam Joseph’s Hot Chocolate offering and they didn’t disappoint. This is a serious drink – the quality of the ingredients shines through with the luxurious, handmade hot chocolate being heated up to order and served with some outrageously good homemade marshmallows if you fancy. If you really want to treat yourself, team it with a couple of treats from their extensive range of exquisite chocolates.
The house Hot Chocolate is also available with soya or oat milk making it totally vegan.
The Picturedrome has a children’s corner where the little ones can potter round and make new friends whilst you catch up with old ones.
Sam Joseph Chocolates, The Picturedrome, 102-104 Chestergate, Macclesfield SK11 6DU
❤️ Seven Sisters Ice Cream Farm, Knutsford
Another firm Mumbler favourite, Seven Sister Ice Cream Farm never fails to impress with both its food and drink offerings and family friendly vibe. There’s a great outdoor area and barn for the little ones to run around in and when this chocolatey beauty is on hand to warm them up, whats not to love?! It tasted just as fantastic as it looks.
The crackling log burner adds to the charm of this place whilst the small selection of indoor toys means theres an outside chance mum and dad might be able to enjoy a hot chocolate themselves in relative peace….
Venture down a cobbled passageway just off Macclesfield’s Chestergate to find this wonderfully quirky hidden gem. This once exclusively vegan cafe now caters for both vegan and non vegan tastes and is known for its cosy, laid back vibe. We’re always welcomed like old friends when we pop down, with or without the little ones, and Mumblers have commented on how breast feeding friendly it is.
The home away from home atmosphere makes it a perfect place to relax with a hot chocolate and Button Warehouse’s frothy, rich offering is a truly decadent treat.
The Button Warehouse, Stanley St, Macclesfield SK11 6AU
❤️ Wild and Wild, Congleton
In this gem of a cafe in the heart of Congleton, everything is hand made from plants and its AMAZING! The hot chocolate is no exception – a totally vegan treat made with locally blended chocolate you can choose from oat, coconut, soya or almond milk and top with vegan marshmallows. Add orange or peppermint oil for something a bit different.
Wild and Wild have lovely little kids corner with teepee and books/games for them to cosy up with whilst you enjoy a deliciously virtuous bite to eat.
Wild and Wild, 2 Bridge St, Congleton CW12 1AY
❤️ Unico Lounge, Wilmslow
Unico is a great child friendly venue in the heart of Wilmslow – visit on any day of the week and the place is full of mums with buggies and kids. There’s a dedicated kids menu as well as a vegan one and their sweet treats are well worth breaking the diet for.
The Hot Chocolate is a work of art – sweet, rich and topped with marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles. Great on its own or with one of their award winning desserts.
Unico Lounge, 68 Grove St, Wilmslow SK9 1DS
❤️The Wizard Tearoom, Alderley Edge
The Mini Mumblers love a ramble round the Edge, jumping in puddles and collecting sticks and there’s no better way to warm up after a wet, muddy jaunt than piling into The Wizard Tearoom to sit by the roaring log burner and enjoy a steaming mug of their delicious Hot Chocolate. Served spilling out of a rustic tin mug with a chocolate flake on the side, its a little pice of creamy, chocolate heaven in gorgeous surroundings.
The Wizard Tearoom, Macclesfield Rd, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield SK10 4UB