About The Chocolate Kitchen

As a family we have always been inspired by the way the French make and display their patisseries, especially their chocolate and their dedication to the art of making quality chocolate look and taste the very best in the world.

After spending some time travelling through France in 2007 and visiting many chocolatiers, our daughter, fresh out of university, decided that she would like to try and emulate their passion for making some of the best chocolate in the world and so set about training to do just that, make the very best chocolates she could.

Following attending chocolate courses and training with some of the best Chocolatiers to gain an insight into chocolate making, she decided to try to produce a quality product that reflected her own passion and style for chocolates and her own style of decorating.

the shop front of The Chocolate Kitchen in Retford

The only way was to spend many hours and days practising tempering chocolate and blending flavours to produce the fresh and subtle flavours we are known for today. Indeed our chocolates go off to many parts of the world including France, Belgium and Italy and as far away as America, Australia and New Zealand.

As a business The Chocolate Kitchen first made chocolate from our home (Mum’s kitchen!) in 2007 in small but quality batches and Dad was sent out to test the market for the chocolates we made. This was an invaluable lesson, listening to our customers and what they wanted and expected from our chocolates and the flavours they liked or didn’t like.  

Based on the edge of Sherwood Forest we found that there were lots of Farmers Markets to try our chocolates at and to our delight they sold very well, especially our truffles and personalised discs and plaques. We also established a permanent stall on our local market in Retford.

In 2009 we moved into a small newly converted shop in our home town of Retford and although we outgrew that small shop and chocolaterie very quickly we are still just around the corner on Churchgate in a beautiful three storey Georgian House with lots of old world charm, it’s a wonderful place to work.

Meghan and her father Bob

Over time we have developed lots of delicious products and had the opportunity to take on exciting new projects which have taken us in directions we never expected. When our friends Emily and Tom were planning their wedding a chance conversation about the possibility of a chocolate wedding cake led us to develop our chocolate wedding towers. Their wedding was wonderful, with the cake turning out to be a big hit and we haven’t looked back since! Chocolate wedding and celebration cakes of all shapes and sizes now form a large part of our business.

Of course as our business has grown we have expanded our chocolatey team beyond our small family to include our chocolate girls Lulu, Louise and Vicky who are all now very accomplished chocolatieres and very much part of The Chocolate Kitchen family.

Our chocolate world never stands still and our next adventure is to set up fun and friendly chocolate making courses on the second floor of our lovely Georgian house where our customers will be able to come and enjoy creating yummy chocolate masterpieces themselves (and of course getting just a little bit messy!).

The team at The Chocolate Kitchen in Retford

We can’t wait!