The only chocolate shop in York who make and sell only our own chocolates, we are very proud to be York's longest established artisan chocolatiers.
Monk Bar Chocolatiers first opened at 1 Goodramgate, in the shadow of the Monk Bar, one of the historic gates into the beautiful city of York in 1999. Ray Cardy, a former teacher, first learned his craft from his brother in law in New Jersey, U.S.A. Once the technical skill had been aquired further training was undertaken in Belguim. He set up with a vision of making high quality exclusive chocolates with a luxurious taste to remember.
The quality of the chocolates quickly began to gain an excellent reputation with the York public and visitors alike. This allowed Liz Cardy, Ray’s wife to also retire from teaching and enter the world of being a Chocolatier. Realising their dream Ray and Liz in November 2002 opened another shop in the heart of York down the famous Street, ‘The Shambles’. The opening of this shop also coincided with their son Alan Cardy joining the business.
We continually work on improving and expanding our range of chocolates. Our range of chocolates for weddings and functions is also continually growing with many bespoke designs for those special occasions, including incredibly eye catching chocolate sculptures.
Ray now also makes incredible artisan ice cream for sale in both shops.
The two shops have continued to grow in popularity, leading to Ray being invited on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme in November 2004.
As York's longest established artisan chocolatiers we are proud to offer our customers that extra care and attention as well as a bespoke service when required, please call in and ask for Ray or Alan to discuss any requirements you might have whether it is for a big celebration or an extra special easter egg.
We hope you enjoy eating our chocolates as much as we do!
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From all the Cardy’s at Monk Bar Chocolatiers