The Secret Garden Family Area with some of its toys and games

Secret Garden – Now Greener & Cleaner

As April’s eternal wind and rain finally abated and the long awaited spring sunshine tentatively peered round the corner of a cloud before making a full appearance almost in time for the early May Bank Holiday weekend, the Chocolate Fayre team gave our Secret Garden its spring clean, while also adding lots of greenery and[…]

And life was a little different afterwards…

4 years ago, it all began to get very serious. we closed our shop and re-opened to online orders and phone orders only, and Barnard Castle emptied of cars, with only a handful of businesses able to still operate.   Terms like social distancing, home-schooling furlough and working from home became part of everyday language,[…]

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Chocolate Fayre has been part of Barnard Castle’s high street scene for over 36 years, and at the core of what we do, it is all about you – our lovely customers! Whether we see you almost every week, just at Christmas time, when you’re on holiday in our area, as a first time visitor,[…]

Chocolate Fayre Home Page

A Behind the Scenes Tour (of our website!)

In the wonderful world of chocolate, the bit which you see, smell, taste and (hopefully) fall in love with is the end result of a huge amount of effort from a lot of people. We are constantly trying to improve what we do and how we do it, introduce new ideas and products, and make[…]

True Romantics Collection 2023

What the world needs now, is Love

As the cold, grey weather and darker evenings of January become a distant memory, we look forward with hope and optimism to warmer days, happy occasions and celebrations. Here at Chocolate Fayre, the shop is decked out in reds, pinks and whites, as we approach St Valentine’s Day on 14th February. There are many legends,[…]

Post Workers Strike 30 Nov 22

UPDATED Postal Strike & Posting for Christmas

Updated 7th December PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE BROUGHT FORWARD OUR LAST ORDER DATES FOR CHRISTMAS TO MINIMISE FURTHER DELAYS FROM POSTAL STRIKES. 2nd Class orders should now be placed by FRIDAY 9th DECEMBER, and 1st Class orders should now be placed by 2pm MONDAY 12th DECEMBER. I thought it would be wise to just[…]

Spreading Happiness with Chocolate

35 Years of Chocolate Fayre

May 2022 is a big year for us, as we celebrate our 35th Anniversary! That’s right, Chocolate Fayre has been operating in Barnard Castle for 35 years! In May 1987, a former tobacconist shop situated on the high side of Barnard Castle’s Horsemarket was converted into a new and exciting shop named Chocolate Fayre. Launched[…]

Tea & Pot

Tea – How do you take yours?

Following the popularity of our Hill Sixty coffee beans and grinds, we’re really pleased to announce that our refreshing range of Hill Sixty loose leaf teas are now available for you to brew and enjoy at home now too. We’ve perhaps become used to the ease and convenience of the tea bag. However, made well,[…]

Mango Milk Cup

How To Store Chocolate & Keep It Fresh

I’m sure there will be some of you who have no need to worry about storing your chocolates, as the temptation is so great that they barely last the journey home! However, let’s say you’re super organised and bought someone a lovely gift of a box of chocolates, and their birthday isn’t for a few[…]

Dates for the Diary

With the current coronavirus situation playing havoc with life around the world, we have received written notification from the Ministry of Information in Whitehall that Easter this year will be postponed until after the pandemic has passed, taking place now on December 25th. We are working hard to produce have a range of thermal chocolate[…]