Where are the best places to get hot chocolate in North Devon? Now the darker nights are drawing in, here are some suggestions for your sweet tooth...

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The temperatures are starting to drop and the darker evenings are coming in – so here at the Gazette we officially declare it hot chocolate season.

But where can you find the best hot chocolates in North Devon? From traditional froth to the weird and the wonderful, here are some of our favourites…

Fremington Quay Café

Walk, run, cycle (or drive) your way down to Fremington Quay, where you can enjoy a deliciously sweet hot chocolate with some stunning views.

Look out over the estuary while you either brave the outdoor seating, or snuggle up next to the log burner inside and learn about the quay’s vibrant shipping history.

The Chocolate Teapot, Bideford

Chocolate is the speciality of this cute little café in Mill Street, in the heart of Bideford.

Watch the busy shoppers rush by as you take a few moments to enjoy your hot chocolate, and why not go all-in with a chocolate fondue as well?

Market Street Kitchen, Appledore

Tucked away in Market Street, this cosy café is a great place to enjoy the fishing village of Appledore with a yummy hot chocolate.

It’s dog-friendly and you can even try adding clotted cream to your hot chocolate for an extra special treat.

Annie and the Flint, Ilfracombe

This on-trend café in Ilfracombe High Street is the place to go for a hot chocolate and some healthy treats to go with them.

They often feature new drinks as well, such as turmeric lattes, and if you’re taking your drink away, their packaging is all biodegradable too.

Tea on the Green, Westward Ho!

Giant sharing hot chocolates laden with marshmallows are the drink of choice at Tea on the Green – and believe us, you’ll need to share these huge treats.

And new this year and the beautifully-pink unicorn hot chocolates, which are bound to satiate any sweet tooth.

Blue Groove Café, Croyde

Situated in the heart of the popular village of Croyde, Blue Groove offers fresh vibes to sit and enjoy your hot chocolate, and pretend the summer isn’t over.

If the sun is out you can enjoy their large beer garden, and it’s the perfect stop off point after a walk on the beach too.

Tooters Diner, Barnstaple

Tooters are famed for their freakshakes and sweet concoctions, and their hot chocolates will not disappoint if you’re after an indulgent treat.

Whatever you choose from their menu, it’s bound to be piled high with calorific treats and an absolute feast.

Tea by the Taw, Barnstaple

If enjoying a hot chocolate surrounded by beautiful vintage crockery is your idea of heaven, look no further than Tea by the Taw.

This is the perfect stopping point on a busy shopping trip, overlooking the river and away from the hustle and bustle of the High Street.

Café Collective, Bideford

Don’t be put off by the walk up the steep Bideford High Street – it’s worth it to spend some time in this eclectic café.

Café Collective is a feast for all the sense and their hot chocolates are delicious – burn it off afterwards with a walk back down the hill and along the River Torridge.

Grand Barista, Barnstaple

Can’t find the time to visit any of the cafes above? Not to worry – there’s a man with a van who delivers sweet-laden hot chocolates to your workplace.

Grand Barista makes his way around Barnstaple’s industrial estates, so look out for him and his iconic horn for a hot chocolate at your desk.