Our Bar Du Chocolat cafe runs on a first come, first serve basis. Our busiest times are weekends & during school holidays. We operate a queuing system during these times. Weekdays are usually quieter. There are a limited number of tables available for reservation each day. Reservations are up to seven day in advance. Reservation times are Monday - Saturday 11:30, 13:00, 14:30 & 16:00. Sunday 11:00, 12:30, 14:00 & 15:30. If the Bar Du Chocolat is full upon your arrival, a member of the team will happily advise you on what time to return, adding you to the waiting list should you choose. You are welcome to browse the wonders of the store or pop away and return at your agreed time.
Online orders for collection/ delivery
If you would like to collect your online order from either our Brighton or London store on a Saturday or Sunday, please select the Friday from the online calendar and we will hold your order in store for you to collect at your convenience. For all orders for delivery at present we only deliver Monday to Friday.
Storage Instructions & Shelf Life of Cakes & Products
All of our Cakes are dated with a ten day shelf life from the day that they are baked. Our Chocolate products are all made using Belgian couverture, the date will vary from 3-12 months depending on the inclusions used within the product. We recommend that you do not refrigerate or chill our cakes or chocolate products as this will cause the chocolate to bloom resulting in a loss of flavour.
Gluten Free Cake
We currently offer our Lemon cake which is made without gluten. We use almond flour as a substitute. Please note that this is made in an environment where gluten is stored and handled so there may be trace amounts.
What is Couverture?
Couverture chocolate is a very high-quality chocolate that contains a higher percentage of cocoa solids and cocoa butter than other types chocolate. We use couverture chocolate for all of our cakes and products.
Responsibly Sourced Chocolate
Our chocolate is responsibly sourced and our supplier is openly accountable although not branded fair trade. Cocoa growers must pay to have their cocoa accredited fair trade.
We do not make diabetic specific cakes or chocolate. But we do follow diabetes UK policy of recommending occasional and small portions of our usual recipe.
We use non-edible glitter on our decorative embellishments, the non-edible glitter has no nutritional content so EU law dictates that it is classified as non-edible although it is completely non-toxic so if it is eaten at your choice then it will not be digested.
As chocolate is highly toxic to dogs we do not allow dogs in our shop or cafe unless they are seeing eye dogs or canine partners.
Wheel Chair Access
As our Brighton & London stores are both in listed buildings, there is only access to the ground floors. Access to other areas of the stores are via stairs. We do have ramps for both store to access the shop floor. If you would like to enjoy the cafe experience in our stores we would be happy to set up an accessible table to suit your requirements. Please contact the store you wish to visit directly to arrange this.
Booking a Bespoke Cake Design Consultation
We love creating one of a kind cakes and our bespoke work starts from £2,500 for a 3 tier cake that provides up to 150 desert servings. If you would like to come in for a bespoke cake design consultation with one of our designers, please feel free to call us on 01273 329 462 to book for Brighton or 0207 734 9713 to book for London. Alternatively, we can organise a telephone consultation for you at your convenience or why not start an email consultation with the lovely Rosie or Donna by emailing all your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
As much as we love creating beautiful works of art out of chocolate, most things you see on television and in magazines etc are copyrighted, so we would not be able to recreate them, why not drop us an email to check.
As you can imagine we get asked for many donations and cannot help everyone – so we do have a list of charities that we support annually.
Our gift vouchers can be bought instore or online, these are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and can be used in both shops & bars or saved up to be used against larger items or room bookings.
Private Room Hire
We have 4 dedicated areas that we hire out in 1 hour time slots and these cost £30 per person. The areas in Brighton are the Decadent cake garden for up to 6 people, and the Witches kitchen for up to 20 people. In London we have the Cake Salon for up to 4 people and the Parlour for up to 10 people.
All our products are homemade, handmade which does not involve machinery. At times we work with other chocolate companies at certain times of the year who have spinning machines to manufacture hollow figures. Our products are always made to our specifications, using our own special chocolate recipe. The moulds used are not unique to us, sadly. Products made within our own studio are always solid chocolate and our shop staff are always happy to point them out. These are made from unique moulds created by us.