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This is when Hotel Chocolat will open in the St James Quarter

The luxury chocolatier is one of many new additions to the St James Quarter.

Published: June 18, 2021
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The new Hotel Chocolat location forms part of the company’s ever-growing portfolio, which has over 100 locations across the UK, Channel Islands, Japan and the US.

The Hotel Chocolat in the St James Quarter will open on 24 June, with co-founder Peter Harris saying he's delighted by the move.

He said: "We’re on a mission to make as many people happy as we can through good quality chocolate – made with more cacao, less sugar.

"We’re also bringing our award-winning Ice-cream of the Gods to Edinburgh St James Quarter – Jersey milk and cream infused with cacao. It’s sensational.”

Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris built Hotel Chocolat on three pillars: authenticity, originality and ethics.

One of the few chocolate makers to grow their own cacao, on an eco-conscious cacao farm in the grounds of their Saint Lucian boutique hotel Boucan, Hotel Chocolat connects the world of sustainable cacao agriculture with top-quality chocolate.

“This makes us unique in the UK and gives us an unrivalled understanding of what impacts the taste and experience of our chocolate, right from the growing tree through to our packaging, which we’re working to make 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2021.

"More than just bean-to-bar, we call it ‘roots-to-wrapper’", said CEO and co-founder Angus Thirlwell.

Welcome offers

Edinburgh St James opens on Thursday 24 June, when visitors will be treated to a free gift when spending £25 or more, as well as the opportunity to enter into a prize draw competition to win a £75 shopping spree in store when signing up to VIP.ME.

Edinburgh’s El Cartel opens a third branch, serving their tried and tested Mexican menu

This will run from Thursday 24 June until Sunday 27 June while stocks last.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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