A SPECIALIST hot chocolate and coffee shop in Bowness has been ranked as Cumbria’s top place to eat on Tripadvisor, just a year after opening.

ChoccoBar, of Quarry Rigg in the town, creates its own unique hot chocolate drinks using real Belgian chocolate, not powders, and also offers a range of speciality teas, coffees, confectionery and light snacks.

The venue opened during Easter 2015 and has had the top Tripadvisor rating for Bowness for some time.

Owner, Mark Tomlinson said: “Being named as Cumbria’s top place to eat on such a renowned review site is really some accolade, even more so considering we’ve only been open a year.

“People like something new, something different and we think we’re certainly offering that. Our chocolate is thick enough to trick your mind into ‘chewing’ but it’s still thin enough to drink.

“And the wide range of unique flavours we offer gives an extra wow. We even do a smoky bacon and a venison flavour!

“Certainly from the fantastic response we’ve had, the wonderful comments people leave us and the fact we’re now number one in Cumbria makes us so grateful and extremely proud of what we’ve done in the past 12 months.”