The seeds of the business began in 2001 from the family kitchen in Aylesbury. Nigel had been a pastry chef for 20 years and was working in the kitchens of New College Oxford when a colleague asked if he would make a batch of chocolates for him to take home to his family. He enjoyed making them so much that he made a second batch for his own family too. Years of experience as a Chef and Patissier provided the inspiration and depth of knowledge needed for Nigel to become a Master Chocolatier of distinction. He began creating his exquisite range of award-winning handmade chocolates in the family kitchen in Aylesbury, then expanding to a small catering unit at the back of his house.
Demand for Nigel’s handmade chocolates quickly outgrew his home kitchen. Although his two boys will always fondly remember the day a tonne of chocolate was delivered to their home!
‘The Old Bank’ on the High Street in Wendover seemed like the idea premise to bring Nigel’s dream of opening his own chocolaterie to life. Now decorated with cornflower blue walls and antique fixtures and fittings, Rumsey’s is full of charm. Inspired by the film 'Chocolat', their aim was to provide a wonderful sumptuous environment in which to sit drinking velvety hot chocolate and choose from the wonderful selection of truffles, ganaches, pralines, creams and petit fours; each with its own distinctive flavour.
Headlines regularly talk about the doom and gloom of the British High Street. Whilst Rumsey’s have experienced difficult periods over the last 15 years, the strength of their brand and an army of loyal customers have kept the business thriving.
As we enter November our thoughts turn to Christmas and Rumsey's chocolate 'elves' start to fill the shelves with all manner of delights. Christmas chocolates tend to sell fast at the chocolateries and many customers say Christmas is not complete without their annual selection of Rumsey's treats.