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Wedding Cheer in the Depths of Winter

In November, we were delighted to be part of a photo shoot with Fife’s new and utterly idyllic wedding venue The Cow Shed, found just outside Crail, in the East Neuk.


This converted barn couldn’t make a more romantic venue for your big day, with views out to sea and seating for up to 230. Equally, it’s perfect for a more intimate gathering, or even a special celebration of the BIG-0 kind. As a special supplier for the venue, we can offer wedding-size hot chocolate services to make your special day (or the evening of) warm and wonderfully cosy, for brides, grooms, and guests alike. Take a look…

Lots of love,
Sophie x

Photos © Pedro Everett Photography

The Pittenweem Gatehouse

Located in Priory Court, just off Marygate, the Priory Gatehouse is one of the oldest buildings in the East Neuk of Fife. Dating back to the fifteenth century, this delightful A-listed structure is the only surviving Scottish Augustinian gatehouse.

The local ‘Friends of the Gatehouse’ group are aiming to raise funds to save this iconic local building. Their ambitions are to, first and foremost, make the building wind and water tight, whilst conserving the ancient stonework. Further work will see the interior refitted, plus information boards and a disabled parking space outside. The idea is that the Gatehouse will then be able to generate sufficient income to pay for its own long-term up-keep, as an art exhibition space, performance venue, club/society meeting room, or even for wedding receptions.

Fund-raising and awareness events are taking place throughout the year, such as last month’s Doors Open Day, which saw eighty visitors cross the threshold, but the group are looking for support to really get the project off the ground with substantial funding. If you would like to get involved, there are numerous ways, so please email

And, most importantly, do spread the word – the more support (particularly written) that the group have, the greater the chance of funding.

Very best wishes,

Sophie x

Exploring Scotland

It’s half term and what better way to keep the kids entertained than a special treasure trail, here in Pittenweem itself?

In the Cocoa Tree we sell the absolutely brilliant Treasure Trail maps, with options for Pittenweem. The ‘top secret’ packs – like the Spy Theme – contain all you need for an hour and a half of fun in and around the village, solving clues, looking out for symbols, and discovering a bit more about our village that you didn’t already know. The kids – and, let’s face it, you – will have a great time piecing together the puzzle to reach the end of the trail.

When you’re done, you’ll certainly be ready for a chocolate milkshake, or a nice cup of coffee and some cake at the Cocoa Tree Café. Come along, we’re open till 6pm every day.

Have fun!

Sophie x

Hot Chocolate Indulgence Far and Wide

Our cosy Cocoa Tree Café in Pittenweem serves all of our luxurious hot chocolates, from our 70% Dark, classic Rich Milk and sumptuous White Chocolate, to our indulgent Hazelnut and comforting Orange.

We serve our thick hot chocolate too – an espresso cup of either Intense Vanilla or Caliente, with a dash of chilli. And the Intense is now fully lacto-free and suitable for vegans.

But if you’re not in Pittenweem, and you’re longing for a taste of our luxurious hot chocolate, perhaps you can visit one of our wonderful stockists to satisfy your craving…

Cafés serving our hot chocolate:

Little Green Van, Edinburgh
A bright green, Citroen HY van that can’t be missed, offering well made artisan roast coffee on the beach front – find them at Portobello Beach on the promenade, at the foot of Bellfield Street.

The Old Cheese Shop of St Andrews
A small, specialist cheesemonger with a big passion for cheese, specialising in real, full-flavoured cheeses made using traditional methods and fantastic milk. Their artisan food café serves delicious food and wine in a delightful al fresco setting.

The Pavilion Restaurant & Café, Elie
A family run and family-friendly business, open all year round, using locally sourced and produced ingredients whenever possible.

Selling Retail Packs for you to enjoy at home:

Ardross Farm Shop, Elie
Located between St Monans and Elie, in the East Neuk of Fife, the shop stocks fresh, local, inspiring food from the farm and the surrounding area, along with an abundance of produce from Scotland’s natural larder.

Cairngorm Leaf & Bean, Moray Coast
Located at Logie Steading, they specialise in premium coffee beans, ground to your requirements, and teas crafted in Scotland, plus unique accessories and gifts.

JA Braithwaite, Dundee
Dundee’s oldest shop, now run by the fourth generation of the Braithwaite family. Selling over 100 different types of tea, or tisane, more than 30 types of coffee and, of course, our luxurious hot chocolate.

The Old Cheese Shop of St Andrews
(see above)

Happy exploring!

Sophie x