The Chocolate Tree is an established company that sells wonderful chocolate goodies in various places across town, as well as having a stall at the weekly Farmer’s Market in Castle Terrace.
Bars of chocolate come in an array of flavours, as well as individual chocolates, chocolate spread and large cakes for special occasions with every ingredient being both ethical and organic. A range of gluten free and vegan cakes can also be ordered.
The Chocolate Tree reacted to public demand for a shop and before Christmas, opened up this slice of chocolate heaven in Bruntsfield. I try my best to resist this place for the sake of my waistline, but have no will power despite living in the North of the city. Good cafes and cakes are worth travelling for.
I paid another visit this week and felt instantly at home when I walked in. There are only a few tables in here, but also a little room at the back which holds 6 or 7 people which is great if there is a group of you. Everyone is welcome, with highchairs and changing facilities available for those with children.
My friend opted for a cup of Spanish style hot chocolate thick and gloopy) and their version of a churro at a very reasonable £2.
The drink was delicious and the quality was equal to that served in Spain.
I had a pot of darjeeling tea and a slice of one of the many cakes on offer. The majority of the cakes slices are gluten free and some are vegan, with choices changing daily. Today I went for the nutty chocolate cake at £2.40 a slice.
The cake was chocolate perfection. The pistachio nuts worked well with the chocolate and the cream made the taste experience a little lighter. I am proud to announce, that no cake crumb was left behind.
If you don’t want to partake in a full slice of cake, then perhaps a smaller chocolate brownie will hit the mark – available for £1.
There are teas and coffee (Artisan Roast) available alongside a selection of truffles and ice cream. The prices are very reasonable for Morningside. Neighbouring Falko Konditormeister can be double the price for one of their cakes (although the quality is fantastic).
Service was friendly and there was no feeling of being rushed out the door.
Verdict – £6 for afternoon tea of this quality is cannot be beaten in town at the moment.
*edit, 16th May* Please see comments below from owner re a few price increases.
Suitable for disabled? Yes, ground even access with a fully accessible bathroom.