Appledore Chocolate Shop

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Chocs away

When visiting the delightful Mr Kennedy a few weeks ago at his delicious little Chocolate Shop in Appledore, I didn’t think I would be titling this blog “Choc’s away”, but that is exactly what has happened. No longer will you be able to purchase those decadent morsels of heaven from Appledore, as the shop is now closed and up for sale! Noooo, I hear you cry, how can I possibly exist without my chocolate fix? Please. Don’t let me cast a shadow over your already damp and gloomy Sunday. Read on and discover how you can still feed your addiction.

David Kennedy was inspired to start his business after discovering the wondrous food hall at Harrods in 1985. Happening to come across the mouth watering creations on display in the chocolate section, he was hooked and what transpired from his visit was the birth of a small chocolate shop in Edinburgh, which was run by David and an old school friend.

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Now, which one shall I have?

As time went by, joined by his sister Alison, an experienced chocolatier they discovered an old near-derelict school building in Orton, Cumbria. In 1995 after receiving various grants, a refurbishment programme of the building began, resulting in the opening of a factory shop in 1996.

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The Old School, Orton, Penrith, Cumbria.

Kennedys Fine Chocolates and Coffee Shop is no ordinary chocolate shop. The village of Orton is an unpretentious place attracting many visitors and a popular stopping point for those hearty individuals partaking of Alfred Wainright’s “Coast to Coast Walk”. What better place to take a breather and indulge in the sumptuous homemade, chocolates, cakes and icecreams, whilst sipping a cup of delicious hot chocolate made from pure chocolate. I can feel the kilos piling on as I write! Visitors also have the opportunity to view the production area through windows in the conservatory coffee house area. Just imaging watching the making of those small batch chocs. The only problem I can see is deciding on which of the hundred odd assortment, to purchase.

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How may I help?

Kennedys in Appledore opened in September 2009 and has been popular with locals and visitors alike. Alas, like all good things it has come to an end and closed its doors in November this year. However, the good news is you can still enjoy these delicious chocolates by ordering through the online shop Kennedys offer a bespoke mail order service, which includes Overseas posting. Wedding favours and special commissions are also catered for so why not have your chocs personalised with your initials or match the ribbons on the boxes, with the colour scheme of your special occasion. You can even ask them to create a chocolate especially for you. Now, there’s a thought.

To find out more visit: Kennedys Shop and Coffee House. Orton, Penrith, Cumbria. CA10 3RU. Tel: 01539 624781

To purchase online visit : Kennedys Fine Chocolates

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TRUFFLEicious was an independent business based at Great Chalfield, Wiltshire, in a stable we converted into a 5* hygiene registered kitchen, within the grounds of Great Chalfield Manor. Wiltshire In January 2019 I moved to Appledore, North Devon, UK, where as well as cooking I have also built & maintain a local food & drink blog web site for small businesses & visitors alike. My new site is a non-profit website. Having worked as a cook for more than 40 years mainly in private family houses for Polo functions and at Harrods. “My aim is to supply & blog about the benefits of 100% Homemade foods made from my own original recipes and containing fresh, natural, local ingredients, which contain NO nasties”. Visit my website: I have wealth of experience behind me, encompassing a broad range of cookery techniques & original own recipes. I also write a blog, giving recipes, cookery tips & dealing with what to do with your leftovers & also food & nutrition blog (Low FodMap Diet) "Paws for Thought" I was invited to The Great British Food Festival, Bowood House, Nr Calne, Wiltshire on August Bank Holiday Monday 2017 where I gave a cookery demonstration on Gluten Free Cakes. Media Interviews: BBC Radio Wiltshire Graham Rogers Morning Show. Love your leftovers 26.12.18 BBC Radio Wiltshire. The Social. Sue Kinnear & Tim Weaks 17.12.2018 BBC Radio Wiltshire. GBBO Tech Challenge. Rachel Houghton morning Show 27.11.18 I will also be on the Sue Davis show, BBC Radio Wiltshire, for 6 weeks in October 2017 sharing my recipes on food leftovers. The Marie Lennon Morning Show. BBC Radio Wiltshire. Tues 12th December 2017 talking about making chocolate Truffles for Christmas. Chatting with Holly Rattley about my blog in the Kitchen at BBC Radio Wiltshire on Thursday 28th December 2017 & demonstrating what to do with those Christmas leftovers. BBC Wiltshire also featured me on "The Social" with Sue Kinnear & Tim Weeks in Dec 2018 chatting about building my websites & social media. TRUFFLEicious/FoodiesDevon is registered as a food business with Torridge Council & our Scores on the Doors are 5*. We hold current public & product liability insurance & Food Hygiene Certificate. I am an avid user of social media & you can follow me any FB, five accounts, twitter five accounts, Instagram, four accounts. View my profile on LinkedIn.

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