On a dreary wet Sunday afternoon, there is only one thing to perk me up – hot chocolate and cake. Having just returned from Caracoli in Alresford to a cosy crackling fire; I can confidently tell myself that moving from sunny SA to England was certainly the right choice!
I adore Caracoli, there is just so much to be tempted with; a delicious choice of coffees, teas, cakes and nibbles or a light lunch with a glass of wine. The staff are so friendly and the shop has a buzzing yet relaxing atmosphere, the perfect place to just relax and browse their selection of newspapers and magazines or take advantage of the WiFi hot spot. If you are anything like me, you could just sit back and “people watch” (not too obviously of course!)
Remember Willie’s Chocolate Factory? Well, Caracoli now stock some of his delicious chocolate bars. He has the most fantastic website, it has to be seen. Another interesting item I spotted today was gourmet popcorn by Zaramama, it looks absolutely divine and coupled with a DVD will make a great gift to a movie lover (hint-hint, nudge-nudge, you know who you are!). Other bits that always catch my eye are pastas, herbal teas by T2, chocolate swizzle sticks and mini marshmallows, chocolate coffee beans, cook books, Martin Gulliver crockery and just way too many more to list!
Whether you need to stock up your pantry or find a gift or greeting card for someone special, then Caracoli is the right place to go, especially as they are open 7 days a week. I think we can all agree we have found ourselves in a mild state of panic on a weekend having remembered a birthday yet have no gift or card! Panic no more!
Caracoli Coffee House & Food Store
15 Broad Street
Monday to Saturday: 08:30 – 17:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00