Gareth James Chocolatier – one year on…

Today I visited Gareth James Chocolatier shop in Tynemouth and it was a timely visit as it will be their one year anniversary later this month. Since I last visited, the shop has widened its range with chocolate pearls, sea salted caramel squares and their new 60% chocolate and orange bars. They are also doing more coffees and teas and it was lovely to sit outside for a mid morning coffee in the sunshine. The staff were friendly and efficient and admitted whenever they do tastings, they can’t help but eat the chocolate themselves! I don’t blame them. My next stop was the beach and I thought it would be fun to photograph the chocolates with the complementary sand colour.


The chocs in a box were delicious and I loved the sea salted caramel one and the hazlenut praline whilst my boyfriend enjoyed the champagne, orange blossom and classic ones. The brownie was lovely and gooey although perhaps needed a little more structure and the dark choc and orange bar was really delicious and the taste was lingering in your mouth so you hardly needed to eat any. If you’re in Newcastle, it’s worth the metro ride out to Tynemouth for the beach and chocs!


Gareth James Chocolatier – chocolate review

Gareth James chocolatier Like the look of this box of chocs? You’ve come to the right place then. Whilst visiting Tynemouth near Newcastle over the summer, I popped in to Gareth James’ new chocolate shop (Facebook fanpage here). There isn’t a huge range at the moment, but after picking a handful of truffles and pralines and an intriguing tonka bean truffle, I was over the moon. What’s a tonka bean truffle taste like you ask? Smooth, a little marzipan, vanilla and cinammon like. Delicious. And what is a tonka bean? It’s a long and thin wrinkly bean native to South America. According to Wikipedia, they are banned in US food, but over in the UK we can go wild with ’em. If you happen to be up north, do make the diversion to this chocolatier shop!

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