Friars Blog


Father’s Day Action Plan

Breakfast in Bed Why not wake dad up with a tasty bacon butty and a cup of tea. We would advise against a full English as that could get messy with tomato sauce and egg flying everywhere. Presents Our golden ale gift box is a real winner this year, artisan ale, chocolate, sweets and nuts…..what is there not to love!? Afternoon Now assuming dad conforms to the classic dad clichés then an afternoon watching his chosen sport on TV will be just the ticket. Dads usually are low maintenance so... Read More


Father’s Day Gifts – By ‘Dad Type’

Difficult Dad? Men are notoriously difficult to shop for! Our collection of over 40 Father’s Day gifts should help….we think. Chocolate Dad? Everyone loves chocolate and Dad is no different! With over 60 boxes to choose from you’re sure to find the perfect one.   Sweet Dad? For Dad’s with a sweet tooth we have plenty of ideas, from traditional favourites to scrumptious sweets with a boozy kick.  


Celebrating Our 90th Birthday

Ye Olde Friars has now been trading for 90 years! Founded in 1927 by William Long as ‘The Gift House’ gift shop it soon change its name (1929) to the more recognisable ‘Ye Olde Friars’. It has adapted over the years from a café come chocolate shop to a specialist luxury chocolate shop. The business has been in the Webster family since day one and currently has four family members working in the business. One of the most significant changes came in the late 80’s to early 90s when Gina... Read More


Our Fabulous Summer Windows

We have gone for a teddy bears picnic theme with a picnic basket, cup and saucers and plenty of flowers.   To complement the picnic window we have an outdoor garden theme with table, chairs and washing line (with sweets pegged on…..of course). With falling ladybirds and daisies.


Brand New This Easter

Hotcross Bun Chocolates The traditional hot cross bun just got better with our delicious hot cross bun chocolate. High cocoa milk chocolate is combined fruit and cinnamon for a delicious treat. Luxury Easter Eggs Specifically designed to suit the milk, dark or white chocolate connoisseur, these eggs will not disappoint. A large 15cm chocolate egg  is complimented beautifully by giant half truffle eggs in death by chocolate, Eton mess and salted caramel flavours. Gummy Carrots Sweets Great fun gummy Easter carrot sweet in orange flavour. Easter Chocolate Box A delicious... Read More


The Perfect Mother’s Day

Breakfast in bed A fabulous start to the day. A fruit salad topped with Greek Yogurt followed by a boiled egg with soldiers and then homemade porridge topped with Friars honey buttons mmmm…. A walk in the country A great way to chat to Mum one on one and we all know walking is great for physical and mental health. Plus after that breakfast there are probably a few extra calories to burn.     Home cooked meal with coffee and chocolate Tagliatelle with prawns and mussels cooked in a... Read More


Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Everything Prosecco Gift Box Prosecco is a girl’s best friend and if you are a Mum, you probably deserve an extra glass. Well worry not, you can now accompany that extra glass with Prosecco Truffles and Prosecco Sweets. Prosecco Truffles An elegant gift box of fabulous Prosecco chocolate truffles. A crisp white chocolate shell is filled with a smooth white chocolate ganache infused with a splash of Italian Prosecco. The perfect Monther’s Day gift. Signature Chocolates – 48 A show stopping selection of our finest chocolates. A chocolate lovers dream... Read More


New Website Coming Soon

We are in the process of re-designing our website so we decided to have a chat with Jackie Woodier our head of online to find out what the plans are. Why are you updating the website? One of the main reasons is our current website isn’t responsive which we feel is something that will really improve the customer experience. Responsive means that it will automatically change shape to suit all devices from an iPad to a mobile, so users won’t have to scroll sideways. Any new features? We are planning... Read More


Shhhhhh….. Whisky & Coke Sweets … and Cider Sweets

We thought we had done pretty well with the development of our delicious Prosecco Sweets and Chilli Jellies, if you haven’t tried them yet they are a must. But our sweet developers haven’t rested on their laurels and we are about to launch our new Whisky and Coke Sweets! A hard boiled sweet made with real Scotch Whisky and beautifully combined with Coca Cola. As with all our products we have experimented with the recipe and done lots of taste test (it’s a tough job) in order to get the... Read More


Why We Give Chocolate On Valentine’s Day

The history of Valentine’s Day, legend says, originated during the third century in Rome. During this time, Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers, so he outlawed marriage for young men. A young priest named Valentine was furious with this injustice and defied Claudius by continuing to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. Claudius eventually discovered Valentine’s actions and sentenced him to death (not quite the fate of those who fail to buy their significant others chocolate on Valentine’s Day, but you’ve been warned!). During his... Read More