Chocolate shop opens on Welbeck Estate

Maker of fragrant chocolates and patisserie Boutique Aromatique is opening an outlet on Welbeck, joining Stichelton cheese, the Welbeck Bakehouse, Welbeck Abbey Brewery and the School of Artisan Food on the historic Nottinghamshire estate.

The chocolaterie will be located in Welbeck’s Courtyard inside the estate’s farm shop, near the Harley Gallery and Lime House Cafe.

Boutique Aromatique will sell chocolates, truffles, patisserie such as tarts and citrus meringue pies, and luxury ingredients.

The driving force behind the new business is native Nottinghamshire businesswoman and chocolatier Shelly Preston, who after a career as a Product Developer in the natural beauty industry in London, is using her knowledge of essential oils, flowers, herbs and spices to create her range of fragrant chocolates.

Shelly Preston

“London has been a mecca for fine chocolate in recent years,” said Shelly. “Fortnum & Mason were blazing a trail and I soon learned that there was so much more to chocolate than I had ever realised.

“It was another world, a bottomless pit, which grew deeper and deeper the more I dug. Now I can’t wait to share it all with customers in the East Midlands.”

Boutique Aromatique launches on July 1 and from then will be in Welbeck Farm Shop, 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays.

Boutique Aromatique

Welbeck Farm Shop

The School of Artisan Food

Matt Wright
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Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.