Review: Mrs Potts Chocolate House
by Jess Carter
16 July 2018
With dessert bars booming as socialising sans booze gets more popular, this place is surely on to a good thing...
Not a actually a house made of chocolate, this business is a far more viable concept – a café serving the good stuff in countless guises, to eat and drink.
Chocolate bars are popular in Australia, so when owners Michael and Jennifer Potts moved from there to Bristol and realised we were devoid of ’em, they decided to rectify the situation. Now in its first summer in business, Mrs Potts has come up with a new menu for the hottest season.
There are plenty of local suppliers on the books here; coffee comes from Wogan, fruity thirst quenchers from Lovely Drinks, ice cream from Marshfield Farm, milk from Bruton Dairy, and much of the choc itself is by Nailsea-based Ooh Chocolata. It’s Jenny who comes up with the menu ideas (with a little help from the couple’s daughter), and gets her hands dirty in the kitchen.
Visitors are greeted by a counter displaying several different types of brownies, biscuits and other bakes, including cupcakes and the popular salted caramel carrot cake. There are a decent number of vegan bakes and drinks, too.
We took a seat in the newly opened courtyard out the back, and got cracking with a nice cold mocha frappe and toasted marshmallow milkshake (both £4.90). Of course, if this were a colder season we’d probably have got our chilly mitts around one of the hot chocolates which, made simply from chocolate and milk, include numbers like roasted white chocolate as well as the classics.
The white chocolate and strawberry Eaton mess (£6.90) was an impressive looking plate. Soft, light-textured cheesecake with a pleasingly crumbly biscuit base was piled with fresh strawberries, cream, meringue and dollops of coulis. Balancing sweetness with fresh and tart flavours, it had a good mix of textures, too.
The chocolate peanut butter sundae (£6.90) involved scoops of vanilla ice cream layered up with hunks of brownie and crowned with a wonderfully chewy, salty slab of peanut brittle, as well as whipped cream, melted choc and peanut fudge sauce. It may not look as big as some would perhaps expect for seven quid, but it’s decadently moreish and easily enough for two – trust me.
A more modestly priced brownie ice cream sandwich (£3.50) did just what it said on the tin (er, menu): thin slabs of brownie top and tailed a filling of velvety vanilla ice cream, and came drizzled with melted chocolate. Worth all the napkins it required.
Mrs Potts is, of course, a place to head to for a treat (although you can drop in just for a tea or coffee – if you have the kind of steely willpower I can only dream of, that is). But these are honest, homemade treats that, while not pretending to be fit for daily consumption, also don’t hide any added highly-processed ingredients, either. If you’re going to do indulgent, then this is the kind of stuff to do it with, surely?
Mrs Potts Chocolate House, 20 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JA; 0117 929 2727