...is a life not lived. And with many small and independent producers, including chocolate makers and chocolatiers, you can now actually taste the passion that they put into their produce.
The Anderida Restaurant at Ashdown Park Hotel and County Club is locally renowned as one of the best restaurants in Forest Row. Recognised throughout the county and beyond as being an award-winning Sussex restaurant it simply must be sampled, so last week we travelled down to this beautifully set estate in the heart of Sussex, for an evening of fine dining.
It is always a great delight when we discover something new to share - especially when that 'something' is not only new to us, but new to everyone - and when that 'something' is also chocolate we are in our own personal heaven. So it is a pleasure to announce that not only did we witness, we also sampled chocolate from the launch of Lucocoa Chocolate, at the London Chocolate Festival last month.
British chocolatiers Fifth Dimension specialise in luxury handmade chocolates, made with high-quality single-origin cocoa, combined with classic and unusual flavours, inspired by their passion for food and travel. As returning chocolatiers to the Oxted Chocolate Fair (21-22 March) Fifth Dimension took visitors on a journey of discovery in taste combinations.
Born in Belgium, renowned chocolatier Matthieu de Gottal had his first experience baking with cocoa at the age of four. Over the years he has refined his skill and is now one of the UK's top artisan chocolate producers. Last December Matthieu brought his chocolate truffles to Oxted, Surrey - and they were exceptionally well received at the town's premier Chocolate Fair. Matthieu will return to Oxted again next weekend, along with many other great chocolatiers, for a weekend of chocolate at Oxted School.
Do we all dream of chocolates as a must-have Valentine gift when it comes to the 14th February? Many do! But in recent years tastes have changed and a box of assorted milk creams from the local convenience store or petrol garage may not make the grade this year considering the high standard of chocolate that is now being produced. Chocolatiers now have a great selection available for your chocolate lovers this Valentine's Day. But remember, chocolate isn't the only choice!