ye olde friars


Our New Crazy Windows

Our Keswick store with its fabulous large windows is an excellent playground for new ideas! From whole fridges to a herd of sheep we have had some unusual ideas in the past! With all the snow and reindeer’s tidied away from our Christmas windows, we have gone a little crazy this time with our rain and contrasting tropical themes. With hanging foliage and tropical plants this window certainly stands out in the centre of a Lake District town. Even unicorns and dinosaurs make an appearance. Admittedly this is a stretch... Read More

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Bring On 2019

After a very busy Christmas it seems the right time to take a breath and reflect on last year and look ahead to 2019. We had a fantastic Valentine’s day, there was a lot of love for our heart shaped gin and prosecco truffles. The happiness and love experienced when giving or receiving a chocolate box  never seems to fade. Easter as always was full of colour and vibrancy. Our new additions to last years offerings, the gin and baileys Easter eggs, went down extremely well and so this year... Read More


What’s New For 2018?

We had a fantastic 2017 here at Friars. After a busy Easter we invested heavily designing our new look website. This was followed by our first Christmas at our new online warehouse, which saw record Christmas sales. Our two stores in Keswick and Ambleside continued to be packed with shoppers looking for ‘something different’. All in all we have had a great year, with the business going from strength to strength and we are forever grateful to our fabulous customers. What’s new for 2018 you ask. Currently our new gin,... Read More


We Have Moved!

After 6 years we have now out grown our current address and have moved our online business to a new warehouse. We have moved into what used to be the ‘cars of the stars’ motor museum situated in the picturesque town of Keswick. So we are not going far! Plus it gives us a lot more room, which we are very excited about!   The Batmobile and Trotter Independent Trading Co. car have been replaced by chocolate games controllers and gin truffles! There is however one relic from its museum... Read More


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


Ye Olde Friars Famous Christmas Windows

We actually plan our Christmas windows during the summer months which is actually a lot easier than you may think! This year our theme is a street view of a town house, complete with a Christmas wreath, Royal Mail post box and of course lashings of snow. There is also some mysterious foot prints in the snow leading to the front door…   The second window is sets the scene of a child’s bedroom on Christmas morning. Just as it should be with presents and sweets everywhere. We have gone... Read More

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Psssst……Christmas Is Coming….It’s Alright To Have A Look!

Here a quick off look at some of our favorite products for this Xmas. Don’t you just love Christmas?! Sprouts Chocolates A crisp white chocolate shell is coloured green and then filled with a smooth milk chocolate truffle filling. They look super realistic and it gets better…..they are alcohol free! Prosecco Truffles After months of top secret research and product testing we are excited to announce the launch of our exclusive Prosecco truffles.  A white chocolate shell is filled with a smooth milk chocolate ganache, finished beautifully with a splash... Read More


It’s Our Ambleside Shops 1st Birthday

Our Ambleside store will be one years old as of the 1st June. Here we chat to our store manager Sam Melbourne about what has been an exciting and chaotic year. Do you have a first memory from when you started? Not sure I should say this but when I started the smell of chocolate when you walked into the shop was so intense it actually made me feel sick! For the first 2 weeks I was contemplating quitting as it reminded me of morning sickness, I have 4 kids... Read More


Father’s Day – One Of Our Directors Talks About His Experience

Father’s day (19th June) is fast approaching and over the last few months we have been planning and designing our delicious range. With the two directors of the company both young Father’s there has been a heightened focus this year. Director Richard Webster spoke to us about how he looks at Father’s day. ‘Being a Father now it has made me think a little differently about Father’s Day. It’s nice receiving a little gift on the day, for me it doesn’t have to be expensive, just something that has been... Read More