Thursday, 2 March 2017

Cocoa-Cabana

Hi guys,

I wanted to share with you an amazing local business that I have found. Anyone who knows me will know that I love afternoon tea and I've been to quite a few different places - mainly though, as part of a spa day rather than general afternoon tea. It is always nice to mix it up again and try something different so me and my cousin decided to go for afternoon tea for a catch up one Sunday afternoon at Cocoa-Cabana.


I first came across Cocoa-Cabana on Instagram and it looked amazing. I love chocolate - I am a confessed chocaholic so there's really nothing better than spending the afternoon at a chocolatiers!




Cocoa-Cabana is a small chocolatiers on the outskirts of Didsbury, Manchester. I expected it to be a lot bigger than it actually was but the size of the business just added to the feel of it. There are two tables inside which are used for afternoon tea (one slightly larger than the other) and the rest of the space is the shop itself.

Afternoon Tea


I have to say, this afternoon tea is one of the best that I have had. I love a sweet afternoon tea so amazing cakes and treats are right up my street!


The afternoon tea was £16.95 per person which included unlimited tea and coffee. I think that this is a really reasonable price - especially for the quality of the food and drink that you get!

The selection of hot drinks was insane - I have honestly never seen so many variations of coffee, tea and hot chocolate! They also serve lots of cold drinks too. I loved the fact that they sold vegan suitable drinks and vegan chocolate too, making it the perfect spot for anyone!


You have to pay extra for the hot chocolate but when it looks and tastes as good as the above, you have to try it! I picked the 'Special Hot Chocolate' which was salted caramel flavour with lots of marshmallows! I also purchased this when I left and was amazed to find that not only do you melt your own chocolate in hot milk, you also add salted caramel truffles to add the amazing flavour.

All of the patisseries, cakes and sandwiches in the afternoon tea were home made. They even made fresh caramel sauce to go with the scones which was out of this world! I also loved the cute china they used.


Top Tier:
Chocolate brownies
Raspberry and white chocolate cakes served with fresh berries
Pistachio macaron
Rose petal macaron
Mini chocolate cakes

Middle Tier:
Chocolate and raspberry tart
Chocolate and orange tart
Scones 
(served with fresh caramel sauce and clotted cream)

  
Lower Tier:
Chicken sandwiches
Cheese and pickle sandwiches
Egg mayonnaise sandwiches
Houmous sandwiches

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Similar to anywhere else, and as it is quite a small shop, you only have the table for an hour and a half. Initially I was quite disappointed by this as I intended to spend several hours catching up with my cousin and taking our time with the afternoon tea. However, Cocoa-Cabana did not disappoint!


We were offered an outdoor table, fresh drinks, a warm blanket and a hot water bottle each. This was just the icing on the cake of the day for us as we found this such a cute idea and the hospitality was just incredible! We both agreed that this would not have been an option at a larger business and were chuffed that this was available. It was quite cold so I would definitely say to wrap up warm but the hot water bottle and blanket definitely helped!

 


After our afternoon tea we had a little nosey round the shop and made some lovely purchases!

All in all, I would highly recommend visiting Cocoa-Cabana. Even if you're not in the mood for afternoon tea, definitely pop in and purchase some chocolate or hot chocolate! As mentioned above, they sell a variety of chocolate, including vegan chocolate, and amazing gifts that are perfect for birthdays, Christmas or any other occasion!

The service, food, drinks and products for sale are all incredible and I couldn't recommend this place more. If you're interested in visiting, the address is:

Cocoa-Cabana
Burton Road
West Didsbury
M20 1JQ

If you're going to visit for afternoon tea, I would definitely recommend booking in advance as it is very popular and gets booked up quickly!

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If you do visit, I hope you love it as much as me - I'm sure you will! I will definitely be returning very soon to purchase some more products and to have some amazing food!

I hope you've enjoyed reading - speak to you soon!

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