In early September 2016 the tearoom that was Legends of Grandtully, a marvellous establishment in Perthshire, ceased to exist.
While I was sad to learn about this, I was delighted to find that the space has instead been turned into a chocolate lounge.
Attached to Iain Burnett’s chocolate shop, the new lounge focuses on drinks and chocolates, but also offers various cakes (including chocolate cake, naturally), savoury muffins and ice cream.
The hot drinks menu suggests individual chocolates to go with different types of drink, and you can either order your hot beverage alone or with one of the suggested sweets. The difference between the cost of a drink on its own and a drink with a paired chocolate is £1.30, which is pretty expensive for one small chocolate. Then again, you’re paying for a novel culinary experience and the chocolate is of a high quality.
It’s more a place to go for a snack than a meal and, as I used to find when the place was called Legends, some of the cakes are a bit hit and miss, to my mind. One of the things they do exceptionally well, however, is a fruit slice.
As well as gateaux-type cakes (these are the ones I find a bit hit and miss), there are cookies, shortbread and bite-size chocolate brownies. I had a brownie with a pot of ginger chai tea and was very pleased with my choice. The brownie, at 40p, is perfect when all you want is a small taste of sweetness to help your drink down (and good value considering it’s bigger than a handmade chocolate and less than a third of the price).
Iain Burnett’s chocolates have won many awards, and next-door in the shop you can purchase a wide variety of individual handmade chocolates and chocolate bars, as well as various gifty items and greetings cards.
The Chocolate Lounge is open 7 days a week, from 10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 to 16:00 in the winter season, from January to mid-March).