Food shop creates inhouse treats

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Hotel Chocolat will today open the UK's first shop that sells and makes chocolate under one roof.

The chocolatier's store in London's Covent Garden will show customers how cocoa beans are roasted and ground in a "conch" to create chocolate. Angus Thirlwell, the chief executive of the 60-store chain, said: "This is the only shop of its kind in the UK." Hotel Chocolat posted sales growth in December, which he described as a "resilient performance".