ABOUT US

Spire Chocolates was founded in October 2012 by
Lindsay Gardner; chocolatier and self-confessed
chocolate obsessive.

We are based in the beautiful market town
of Louth, in Lincolnshire.

By combining the finest Belgian chocolate
with the freshest local and finest national
produce we strive to offer you the very
height of indulgence.

We are Spire Chocolates. Welcome to our website.

About Lindsay

Lindsay Gardner Founder and Chocolatier

It all began with a praline - my first chocolate memory, a childhood wonder. I remember it very clearly, the look of it, the shape, the smell, the texture; and most importantly - the best thing I’d ever tasted (and praline is still my favourite today).

My love of chocolate came with me to school, in and out of vending machines, all the time striving to try new things, different sources, deeper flavours.

Into adulthood, my passion for chocolate pervaded, became my pass time, hinted at more. Eventually I couldn't stop cooking up the wonderful stuff! I began working out of my kitchen, experimenting, researching, tasting.

In 2010 I was given a most wonderful gift – a day with Derbyshire based chocolatiers CocoaDance. With their infectious enthusiasm and inspiration I returned to my kitchen to learn more, to practice, hone and... taste.

I learned more about my ingredients, trying different kinds of chocolate made with a wide variety of cocoas from around the world; trying single origin and blended chocolates, learning to pair their distinct flavours with other ingredients.

I sought out some of the best, most highly-regarded flavours in the country alongside the quietest, most delightful local treasures: local creams and honeys, butter from the Lincolnshire Poacher dairy and quinces grown in the village where I grew up.

As the cocoa dust settled, I realised I really didn't want to do anything else.

In 2012 I undertook a short course with chocolatiers Slattery of Whitefield, Manchester. Five wonderful days of nothing but chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

Armed with new skills and knowledge I was ready to make my chocolate dream a reality.

I was fortunate enough to be accepted onto the Prince’s Trust ‘Explore Enterprise’ programme, which offered me the opportunity to develop the business skills I needed. With a great deal of help and support from them, the idea of my own business became a real possibility.

It was only then, and with an enormous effort of help, support and sheer hard work from my family that I was able to nurture this possibility into a reality.

So finally, after much research, learning, practice (and more taste testing than would strictly be considered necessary) Spire Chocolates emerged from my kitchen in October of 2012.

How do we make it so good?

Firstly, we really do understand chocolate: its depths of flavour, its heights of indulgence, its occasion and sense of ceremony. We're no snobs though: we love scoffing and savouring alike! Sometimes you really do want that big, purple-foiled bar calling your name as you stand powerless in the newsagent queue; other times the only thing in the world is you, sitting down with one or two perfect chocolates, savouring each lingering nuance of flavour. We salute both occasions, but our fresh chocolates are most certainly in the latter camp - and we can be as creative and decadent as we like in designing them because, let's face it, we all know they’re never going to be one of your five-a-day!

This brings us on to our ingredients: we're crazy about them. Each and every one. Suffice to say here that what we have chosen for you is the best. And thanks to our location, we have a wealth of fantastic produce at our fingertips. You see, we're based in Louth, the Wolds market town famed for the high quality and character of its local produce (as well as its spire, our namesake). Yes, dear chocolate hunter: we have won the food miles lottery.

Every single ingredient we use is selected for one reason alone: not convenience, price, branding or loyalty, but flavour.

That's how we make it so good.