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Our Story

Friars is a family business specialising in luxury chocolate and unique gifts. Since 1927 the business has evolved from a gift shop/cafe to a specialist chocolate and gift store.

Our online business was launched in 2010 and more recently we have opened a second ‘Ye Olde Friars’ high street store in Ambleside to support our flagship store in Keswick. 

What makes us different?

Why settle for ordinary chocolate? Our gifts are designed in house so you will not find them anywhere else. We want to make it easy for you to be original, so you can give gifts that taste and look amazing and will be remembered.

We love new products (perhaps because we get bored easily!), so every Valentines, Easter, Summer, Halloween and Christmas we launch a new range. It certainly keeps us entertained and hopefully our customers interested.  

A Brief History


Celebrated our 90th birthday. 


Moved our online business to a specialist distribution centre.


Opened a high street store in Ambleside in the old HSBC building.


Launched our eCommerce site.


Purchased the adjoining building in Keswick ‘The Central Hotel’ and doubled our size.  


The café was closed and the business became focused purely on confectionery and designing gifts in house.


The business was re-named ‘Ye Olde Friars’ gift shop and ‘Ye Olde Friars Café’


William Long opened ‘The Gift House’ gift shop with Long’s Café upstairs.