Orroland's Hot Chocolate Challenge...
Designs Gallery & Cafe, 179 King St, Castle Douglas 01556 504552
Designs Gallery & Cafe, Castle Douglas
Top marks for presentation!
Street Lights Cafe, 187 King St, Castle Douglas 01556 504222
Street Lights - Normal and Deluxe
Interior of Street Lights cafe
A selection of cakes on the counter
In House Chocolates, 128 King Street, Castle Douglas 01556 50303
Hot Chocolate & Hot Chocolate Deluxe
Quality chocolate gifts and treats
Large selection of handmade chocolates
This is a hard one to beat! A fantastic prize winning local chocolatier, they now have a few tables within the shop serving speciality coffees, teas and hot chocolate. In House Chocolates produces a wide range of stunning looking chocolates and truffles, as well as a selection of bars and chocolate gifts. The staff are friendly, efficient and enthusiastic about chocolate. All the chocolate is made on site and the hot chocolate drinks are made with real chocolate, melted in hot milk (yum!). So full of promise, surrounded by chocolate in so many forms; perfectly wrapped gifts, treats and bars. You can even hear the sound of chocolate being made in the background – if you love chocolate this is the place to be! We decided to try the hot chocolate and deluxe variety (which was just the same but with cream and marshmallows) - they also serve dark and white chocolate varieties. We were not disappointed and from the presentation to the last sip, it was pure chocolate heaven! If you wanted to go one step further they do special chocolate making workshops, but these must be booked in advance. This would be a great place to come if you are on a romantic break at Orroland's cottages, especially in autumn and winter. You could take some chocolate back to make your own hot chocolate and cosy up by the log fire!
Mulberries Coffee Shop, 11 St Cuthbert Street, Kirkcudbright 01557 330961
Mulberries is well placed in the centre of Kirkcudbright, so is ideal if you are visiting the town for shopping or sightseeing. They have plenty on the menu for drinks, brunch and lunches and they have a tempting selection of homemade cakes too. There are good size tables inside - on sunny days you can sit outside in front of the cafe. The drinks menu boasts an impressive variety of hot chocolates; luxury hot chocolate made with real hot chocolate, American hot chocolate with cream, marshmallows & flake and flavoured hot chocolate with cream (vanilla, hazelnut, Irish cream, mint, caramel and butterscotch flavours to choose!). For this trial the American style was provided with cream, marshmallows and a flake and it was quickly served and tasted good. The coffee and walnut cake was yummy too and it was difficult to resist from the counter full of other baked delights. It is a nice, clean and well-presented coffee shop, certainly one we can recommend for both service and sustenance.
The Old Schoolhouse, just off the A75 nr Ringford 01557 820250.
Inside the Old Schoolhouse
Luxury hot chocolate, Old Schoolhouse
Large selection of cakes and tray bakes
The Granite Kitchen, 62 High St, Dalbeattie 01556 610361
We scouted out the hot chocolate options in Dalbeattie and found one highlight ... The Granite Kitchen.
We ordered a Hot Chocolate and a Deluxe Hot Chocolate. You can probably tell which is which. Both were made with Cadbury's chocolate powder and hot milk and the deluxe version had whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles and a chocolate spoon (hurrah!) to make it fun as well as decadent. The surroundings are pleasing, the service is friendly and there are lots of other tasty items on the menu to complete the treat. Luckily the only place for a hot chocolate in Dalbeattie is very recommendable!
Abbey Cottage Tearoom, New Abbey, Dumfries 01387 850377
A truly picturesque tearoom in the historic village of New Abbey, with lots of character and a very warm and friendly welcome. It is a lovely place to visit during your stay at Orroland since you can tie in a visit to this tearoom with visiting the nearby Sweetheart Abbey and also the New Abbey Corn Mill, both are fascinating and open all year round, managed now by Historic Scotland. Our hot chocolate was rich and creamy in taste and pleasantly presented, we would recommend visiting this hidden gem. The menu is packed with delicious soups, puddings, cakes and is great for afternoon teas.