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Cocoa Mountain Balnakeil

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8 Craft Village | Balnakeil, Durness IV27 4PT, Scotland
+44 1971 511233
09:00 - 18:00
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Elgin, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We ordered the hot chocolate and it was light full of taste but obviously very indulgent.Make the detour and enjoy.It was impossible to resist the chocolate bars on sale and watch the staff tempering chocolate so useful fuel for our roadtrip.

Thank nicholas169
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped for a coffee when visiting adjacent Durness Beach. It's located within (I think?) an old series of Nissen Huts that were previously used as accommodation for visiting armed forces to the nearby firing ranges. The clutch of buildings were a bit uninspiring but have been converted into all manner of community or collective use. Cocoa Mountain is a chocolate... More 

Thank Jerry G
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Cocoa mountain serves the best Hot Chocolate I've ever tasted. A lovely warnMing reward after exploring Smoo Cave and Sango Bay sands.

Thank dawnandalan
Lymm, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite small seating area - they specialise in chocolate so don't expect a lot of food. Outside Durness so need to ask directions. The Hot Chocolate was beautifully presented too. Mmmmm

Thank Patricia W
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Coffee shop in middle of nowhere but amongst craft shops - take a look. Also next to a chocolatier so shop sells great chocolates - we bought a lot. Try chocs with coffee get a deal. Small selection of home made quiche and sandwiches. Dry warm and friendly if location a bit odd - do try it you will like... More 

Thank janelassey
Zwolle, The Netherlands
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So it's a boutique chocolate place. The chocolate is great. But two hot chocolates and 4 Chocolates are going to set you back £13 just be warned. They are very nice though.

Thank scorp888
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been here a couple of times now. My daughter and I are chocolate addicts and the hot chocolate is to die for! It's not overly sweet but perfectly crafted from milk (not water) and melted chocolate, finished with frothy milk and more melted chocolate. It's not cheap at £3.95 but worth the treat. They have a chocolate workshop on... More 

Thank deborina
Livingston, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quaint place. Friendly welcome and lovely Hot Chocolates and other chocolate treats. Some nice little trinket shops around it also.

Thank BigJeffs
Northampton, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I must admit, I only came to the craft village for the Cocoa Mountain cafe. I'd seen pictures and read reviews, I wanted THAT hot chocolate ! And I got one. Nice big mug lush hot chocolate topped with cream and two melted chocolates drizzled over it. Lush! It was so good I had a second, with a chocolate rocky... More 

Thank Carlshirley
Musselburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We would have driven past this place, but someone recommended it to us. And they were right! The hot chocolate was amazing and would have you buzzing all day. I had the tasting bowl, coffee with 4 chocolates. Delicious!

Thank lornadoone606766

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 13
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Craft Village | Balnakeil, Durness IV27 4PT, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Caithness and Sutherland  >  Durness
  • Phone Number: +44 1971 511233
A happy place, where people come to relax and enjoy themselves - surrounded by stunning landscapes.We are a working artisan chocolatier, producing our completely unique range of truffles, chocolates, and chocolate shards, each day - in our cafe/shop and for our popular online store.In our cafe, we produce and serve our range of chocolates, we serve our famous 'best' Hot Chocolate, Mocha, coffees, teas, and...other treats. Walk inside and breathe in the aromas! We use the finest ingredients, often (as in our triple certified coffees), fair-trade and organic, but really, it's all about the taste - a little taste of heaven!

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