“The chocolate shop is up for sale!” said Sarah excitedly, brandishing the estate agents brochure “I think we should buy it!”
“So when you said ‘If the chocolate shop ever comes up for sale, we’re buying it’ you weren’t joking?” I replied.
“I’m going to call the estate agents and arrange a viewing as soon as we can.” Sarah continued, without hesitation.
And that was the start of our chocolate adventure. In late 2013, the week of our son’s first birthday, we opened up for our first day in charge at Chocolate Fayre and haven’t looked back!
We are husband and wife team Kenny Walker and Sarah Wall and we simply love spreading happiness with chocolate! We live on Sarah’s family farm in the heart of Teesdale in the stunning Durham Dales, with our young children, Nathan, Lucy and Robyn; our dog, Quito; and Minstrel the horse. This is where Sarah was brought up and where her family has lived for over a century. We decided to return and raise a family after we got married in 2010. A self-confessed chocaholic, as a youngster, Sarah remembers visiting Chocolate Fayre, in the local market town of Barnard Castle and buying chocolate animals (which are still just as popular with children today!). I, on the other hand, am an incomer. Originally from near Edinburgh, I love the beautiful corner of the country in which we now live, and really enjoy being part of the community as one of the many independent business owners in the town.
For over 30 years, Chocolate Fayre has provided the good people of Teesdale with the finest chocolates, sourced from some incredibly talented chocolatiers, as well as fabulously creamy ice cream, made from double Jersey cream just across the border in Cumbria by English Lakes Ice Cream. These days, with growing numbers of tourists and visitors discovering our little-known county, a whole new audience are enjoying the range of around 100 different chocolates available in our shop, as well as taking advantage of the Chocolate Fayre website to order online for home delivery to all corners of the UK (indeed on one day we had deliveries go out to Truro in Cornwall, and Thurso in Caithness, near John O’ Groats – literally opposite corners of the country!), which means we can spread happiness with chocolate even further than ever now.