Echoing the former victualling Yard’s proud food-production past, it now features its very own chocolate factory, with handmade chocolates, freshly baked pastries, hot drinks, and unique edible gifts skillfully crafted throughout the week at Domea Favour. The confectionary creations often draw inspiration from the region, including a chocolate Smeaton’s Tower and cream tea truffles.
The business is owned and run by chocolatier Nicholas Kittle, who has found a permanent home for his popular chocolate business at Royal William Yard having spent years operating from a spectacular converted 1940s electric milk float and upcycled horsebox! A regular at the Yard’s Good Food and Craft markets, Domea Favour mobile chocolate shop became a firm favourite amongst visitors.
No stranger to working in a grand Naval setting, Nicholas was previously Head Chef at HMS Drake. After 20 years working in fine dining, he left to become a full-time chocolatier. Nicholas describes himself as a self-taught enthusiast with “no formal qualification but a degree in passion and honours in originality!”
Reflecting the sustainable values of Royal William Yard, its newest resident is also committed to embracing environmentally friendly measures. Domea Favour uses bio-recyclable paper packaging partially made from the husks of cocoa beans and is increasingly turning to compostable bags for its products. The high-quality Belgian chocolate comes from sustainably grown cocoa beans.
Nicholas Kittle, founder and owner of Domea Favour, said: “I’m delighted to open the doors at Royal William Yard. A workshop, chocolate shop and taste sensation, there is plenty to see, sample and enjoy here. I’m proud to bring my passion and skill I have with chocolate to the Yard, and create totally unique handmade chocolates and goodies. I love to see my loyal customers supporting me and welcome new faces – giving into the temptation of chocolate is always a good idea!”
Hailey Cattle, Regional Marketing Manager for Urban Splash, added: “We are delighted to welcome Domea Favour to the Yard. Always a popular trader at our monthly market, we are thrilled to have become its new home. This is such a fascinating and fun business to have amongst our vibrant restaurants, shops and cafes – and yet another reason to venture to the Yard for a visit. Already proving an amazing attraction; the smell of chocolate wafting from the shop is impossible to resist!”
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