Chocolate orange fans can pay homage to the Goddard family, owners of Terry’s Chocolates and the innovators behind the popular tangy-sweet flavor combination at their family home and garden. The grounds offer a tranquil way to spend the afternoon: learning about chocolate and British life in the 1930s.
Visitors to the brick, 1927 Arts and Craft-style cottage can see displays on Terry’s Chocolates’ 250-year history, type out comments and memories on a vintage typewriter, sip sherry by the fireplace in the drawing room overlooking the garden, and learn how the Goddard children entertained themselves on rainy days with activities like indoor croquet. The property’s four acres of wooded gardens feature two ponds and seasonal blooms for pleasant strolls year-round, and abut the now-shuttered The Chocolate Works factory where the first chocolate orange was produced.
The house serves tea and chocolate orange cake al fresco on the terrace in spring and summer. More substantial meals, highlighting ingredients from the onsite greenhouse and surrounding community, are served in a garden-side dining room in the house.
Goddards House and Garden (27 Tadcaster Rd York) is a mile and a half south of downtown York and run by the National Trust, which maintains regional offices onsite. The house and grounds are open to the public Wed-Sun from 10:30am ‘til 5pm in spring, summer and fall, and with limited openings in November and December.
General admission is £6.30 ($7.80) adults, £3.15 ($3.90) children or £15.75 ($19.60) for families of two adults and up to three children. The attraction is included in the York Pass, which bundles admission to the city’s most popular sites.