Artisan chocolatier named 12th Économusée in Northern Ireland

Artisan chocolatier named 12th Économusée in Northern Ireland

The Chocolate Manor in Castlerock has been named the 12th Économusée in Northern Ireland.

Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust welcomed artisan chocolatier Geri Martin into the international network of elite artisans in a celebration attended by guests from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Tourism NI and guest speaker Paula McIntyre.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, councillor Richard Holmes, said: “Council is very proud of the role it has played to help Geri transform her hobby and passion in to a very successful business venture.

“She has participated in our Sales Growth Programme, Alchemy Business Mentoring and received practical support from our Covid recovery grant, Rural Development Programme and most recently the Tourism Excellence Programme, all of which have aided her sales growth strategy and capital purchases.

“Through Taste Causeway we have supported Geri and other food artisans to showcase their products at Balmoral Show and BBC Good Food Show, and it’s hugely encouraging to witness her progress, which is based on her exceptional products.

“The Chocolate Manor is a fantastic addition to the thriving Économusée network and I wish her well as she embarks on this next important step.”

Graham Thompson, CEO of the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, said: “As with all our Économusée businesses, visitors to The Chocolate Manor will have the opportunity to meet the artisan and discover the history of their craft. Having an Économusée artisan, especially a chocolate one, in this superb coastal location will have a positive impact on the area and will be a valuable addition to the network. We welcome Geri and her team and we look forward to working with you and promoting you locally and internationally.”

Artisan chocolatier Geri has worked with 5-star restaurants and some of the biggest names in the culinary industry to produce bespoke chocolates for special occasions and has even had several commissions for members of the Royal Family.

“I want to thank everyone who has helped me on this journey. I am excited about the future and look forward to being part of the Économusée network, welcoming chocolate loving visitors from far and wide into our workshop to experience, experiment, indulge and create their own unique handcrafted chocolate treats and build life-long memories along the way. This accolade is truly a dream come true for us,” she said.