Slattery's Patissier & Chocolatier
Since Christopher Columbus discovered cocoa in the New World in 1502, the epicurean merits of chocolate have been undisputed worldwide. Luckily for us, in Whitefield, a lively suburb of Manchester, Slattery's Patissier & Chocolatier keeps this tradition of appreciation alive. This family-run business is thriving and excelling in all its areas of expertise and is currently in the process of expanding its premises to meet the demands of its customers. Slattery's, a school of excellence, have successfully created their own niche market, where you can wine and dine, have breakfast if you so wish or opt for a light and simple lunch or dinner. The only dilemma you may encounter is deciding what to choose from the exquisite selection of food. You'll chance upon bagels and tortilla wraps which burst with flavour, packed with delicious mouth-watering fillings. I'd thoroughly recommend trying their refreshingly still homemade lemonade to wash it all down. On the third floor, tailor-made courses take place, with one-toone tuition, ranging from learning the basic skills of working with chocolate and celebration cake-making, to advanced five-day courses. Also available are chocolate and cake workshops, which are half a day in duration. There are even creative and fun courses designed especially for children. You may decide to take a course based on home baking; these courses include everything from Christmas cakes and pudding-making, to homemade jams and chutneys, breadmaking and savouries. If none of these take your fancy, there are plenty of other courses to choose from too. And then there's the shop, which will leave you spellbound. This is a truly magical experience, like something out of a fairytale; I was half expecting Prince Charming and Cinderella to make a guest appearance. There's everything you'd expect to find and then some - the intricacies will simply blow your mind. So, make sure you take the time to experience something very special - Slattery's Patissier & Chocolatier is unique indeed.