Chocolate Week – Time to indulge at the Clock House

he Choc House – oops, Clock House in Ripley, is playing to our sense of self-indulgence for Chocolate Week (9-15 October)

A Chocolate Martini will be available for pre and/or post meal enjoyment in the bar, and one of head chef Fred Clapperton’s signature desserts – Chocolate, Thyme, Rose – will be back on the menu. And if that’s not enough, diners can further indulge their chocolate cravings; the sweets served with coffee will include a Lapsang Truffle and White Chocolate & Vanilla Fudge.

If you can’t manage to secure a booking at the Clock House during Chocolate Week, fear not… Fred has shared with us his recipe for Lapsang Truffles. These are an indulgence you can make at home to share with friends and family. And with (dare we say it) Christmas on the horizon, they make a lovely homemade festive treat.

Lapsang Truffles


  • 420g 42% chocolate
  • 80g 75% chocolate
  • 100g full cream milk
  • 12 Lapsang Souchong teabags
  • 100g double cream
  • 10g runny honey
  • 60g salted butter, diced
  1. Heat the milk, and infuse with the teabags for 5 minutes.
  2. Carefully squeeze the liquid from the teabags individually into a bowl individually, reserve the liquid and then put back into infused milk.
  3. Add the cream and honey to the pan.
  4. Bring to the boil, pour over the chocolate and whisk until the truffle mixture is smooth.
  5. Start adding the butter, a little at a time, until it is all combined and you have a smooth truffle with no lumps of butter or chocolate.
  6. Pour into a large container allow to set for 6 hours in the fridge, then make into balls with a melon baller (Parisian scoop) and roll them in cocoa powder to coat each truffle.

Makes approximately 50 truffles. Keep refrigerated and eat within a week.

You can halve the quantities to make around 25 truffles.

The Clock House Restaurant in Ripley offers a range of menus, starting with the lunch menu for £26 (two courses) or £30 for three. The a la carte is £45 for two courses (£55 for three). The seven-course tasting menu is available for £49 at lunchtime or £70 at dinner.