Today I went to take some photos of a church for a work project I've got coming up and it wasn't too far from Hornsea so I decided on a quick visit to the Freeport. Recent news that Freeport is having financial difficulties was confirmed by my visit. I haven't seen it this quiet on a Saturday before and now the Laura Ashley fabric shop has gone there's not that much to interest me. I came away thinking the days are numbered and this could be another big loss for Hornsea.
Went into the town afterwards and to the Cafe Chocolat. I haven't been to the cafe since it moved from the old premises so I was looking forward to giving it a try.
I had a dark chocolate hot chocolate which was nice but nothing amazingly special. For me 'amazingly special' is the chocolate shop & cafe in Strathpfeffer called Maya, Maya have the best hot chocolate & chocolates I've ever tasted. The shop's owner Fabienne De Mulder is a master chocolatier from Belgium so I think she knows her stuff. If you are a bit of a chocoholic like me do go and visit if you are in that part of the Highlands but check opening times as it can be a bit seasonal.
Anyway I've digressed from Chocolat in Hornsea. The nice thing as you'll see in the picture is the fact they use alot of Hornsea pottery, I think I might have been more interested in their collection of pots than the chocs on this occasion!
You still get a complimentary chocolate when you leave and I bought a small selection too.
However, I think the cafe itself has lost some of the character and quirkiness of the old premises. I can appreciate they needed a much bigger shop but before it was more of a chocolate shop with a couple of tables for coffee, now it is more a cafe with only a small cabinet of chocolates. The emphasis seemed to have flipped and I think I preferred it before it moved.