‘I battled against the driving wind and rain, along Corran Esplanade, and entered beneath the inviting purple facade, looking a bit more windswept than interesting…’
Walking into its cosy surroundings, on hard wood floors, the smell of chocolate immediately hit me and, despite resembling some wild-eyed, messy haired, scary woman, I could feel myself starting to relax. Also, after an epic 2.5 hour drive to get to Oban, I was in dire need of coffee.
The menu at OCC is extensive and, obviously, contains a LOT of chocolate. This includes a wide array of hot chocolate drinks, which come in a variety of guises and each looking tastier than the last. I like my chocolate in solid form, so I left LT to indulge in the liquid stuff. I opted for a tasting plate, which comprised 6 individual chocolates as well as a small tub of chocolate buttons – which made me feel like a child again – all served up on a very adult looking piece of… slate. You thought I was going to say chocolate there, didn’t you?? Leslie, who is in no way concerned about his calorie intake on account of his hollow legs, went all out and ordered banana chocolate waffles with whipped cream and a massive hot, gooey chocolately drink. Obviously, I had to try a little (in the name of research) and can confirm it was OHMYGODSOGOOD. The little bit I tried then became a slightly larger bit. What can I tell you? I have zero willpower.
We sat at a cute high table and stools, and gazed out of the huge picture windows across the water. The weather was stormy we learned that the ferries from Oban to Jura, Islay and Mull had all been cancelled and I couldn’t help but picture crowds of angry mainlanders, throwing themselves into the freezing water to swim back to shore in the name of chocolate. And my heart went out to them all. After filling our boots, and having to ask the waitress for a bag to take the chocs we couldn’t finish, we went over to see how the magic was made. We gazed longingly through the window to the kitchen/chocolate wizard area and watched a ribbons of glossy milk and white chocolate were shaped and moulded. And if you don’t want to leave without taking something home for your loved ones (read: yourself), there’s also a shop on site where you can spend All Of The Money on your favourite treats.