Our Story Since 1927 | Friars Luxury Chocolate

Many of our online customers may not have had the luxury of being able to visit one of our brick and mortar stores, a true haven for chocolate and sweet lovers around the world! Based in the Lake District tourist towns of Keswick and Ambleside, Ye Olde Friars has served both local people and tourists alike with luxury chocolates since 1927, providing people with the chance to escape the real world with little bitesize moments, in the form of locally crafted chocolates.

Of course, our expansion into the online world now means we can provide more customers than ever before with our huge range of locally made luxury chocolates, with everything from Chocolate Buttons and Chocolate Bars, to Gift Hampers, Retro Sweets and more available from our online shop.

Our History | Friars

In 1927, our creator William Long envisioned opening a luxury chocolate shop right in the heart of Keswick. Based on the high street, in the same store premises, our ‘Ye Olde Friars’ luxury chocolate shop still stands in the same family today, carefully blending traditional chocolate manufacturing techniques and the beautifully nostalgic 1920’s style, our Keswick store brings back customers time and time again, to sample our chocolate delights and to explore our huge chocolate, sweets and gift collections. 

Interestingly, our founder William Long only opened in the summer months during the store’s inception. The summer, much like today, would bring waves of tourists to Keswick which would of course ensure greater foot traffic, and lots of excited new customers, eager and willing to try our locally crafted chocolates. It’s said that during the winter months, William Long would retreat to his own holiday home on Madeira! 

Nowadays, both our Lake District stores remain open all year long, ensuring that locals and visitors alike can experience our delights, all year round! 

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Our webstore is built upon the very same principles as both of our shops, ensuring that we provide top quality luxury products to customers reaching far and wide. Our luxury chocolates are innovative, exciting and there’s always something new to try. Our chocolatiers are dedicated to ensuring that their highest quality work is reflected in the products we sell, that’s why if you’re looking for the finest in luxury chocolate products, or luxury chocolate gifts and more, you need look no further than Friars. 

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