With Easter just around the corner, we’ve got to thinking about our favourite thing about this time of year – the chocolate! Nothing appeals to me more than a good foodie getaway – and of all the incredible options available, it’s those that appeal to my sweet tooth that really capture my attention.
When making travel plans for a short break, I always like to plan in some time for a quick snack or a sumptuous lunch – depending on the physical demands of the day! With more and more foodie-centric attractions on the market these days, here’s a run-down of the best sweet breaks on offer.
Afternoon Tea Breaks
Pack your bags, jump in the car and speed off to a country retreat for the night and have afternoon tea on arrival – lots of hotels now offer Afternoon Tea Breaks which include a delicious and quintessentially British high-tea experience in the price of your stay. Is there anything more restorative? Or refined? Speaking of refined, it’s worth checking out the wonderful experiences available in London – quintessentially (and unashamedly) British, our Vintage London Bus Tour has it’s own Afternoon Tea package that’s simply sublime! The perfect way to take the weight off on a shopping trip to the capital, the popular tour is about as good as it gets.
I’m reasonably sure being a chocoholic must be genetic – my long love affair with chocolate is definitely my mother’s influence! If you’ve got a whole brood of chocoholics at home, a trip to Cadbury World is the ideal choice. The history of Cadbury is a fascinating one, and you’ll get to learn all about the origins of chocolate in the ancient Aztec Jungle right through to today’s manufacturing process. Don’t worry fellow chocolate-lovers, once the machines and conveyor belts have done their good work, you’ll get the chance to assume the all-important job of head chocolate-taster!
The Chocolate Capital
Probably the ultimate short break for a chocoholic, Bruges is chock-full of fabulous shops dedicated to our favourite thing. The town’s chocolate output stands at an incredible 170,000 tonnes a year – the finest Belgian chocolate, the best in the world, perfected over hundreds of years. The town’s Choco-Story Museum is incredibly (and unsurprisingly) popular, taking you right through the process of how cocoa turns into Belgian chocolate. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of opportunities to try the product here too! Something of a pilgrimage for all chocolate-lovers, Bruges makes the perfect Eurostar Break, and it can’t come more highly recommended.
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Special mention must go to the without-a-doubt best Chocolate-based musical in the West End right now: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Granted, it’s not technically a foodie break, but the film is a firm favourite and the musical is every bit as good – if you’ve ever imagined a chocolate factory as a magical wonderland (as I know I have, and always will!) then this is a great show for you and the whole family. And, this month, you can get top price tickets and a hotel stay from under £99pp! Bargain!
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