The founders of Hotel Chocolat, the premium chocolate retailer, have opened a new chocolate-themed store-meets-café concept at London’s Borough Market called Rabot Estate. The format is something of a departure from the duo’s core business of boutique style chocolate shops, with a exposed brickwork, recovered timber and corrugated metal. The Rabot Estate name stems from the place in St Lucia where Hotel Chocolat sources its cocoa beans, which was bought five years ago by the entrepreneurs behind the chain – Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris. The board of Rabot Estate also includes Peter Klauber, a non-executive director at Domino’s Pizza UK & Ireland, as chairman. Hotel Chocolat has 42 stores in the UK plus two in Boston, America, and is about to open a franchised store in the Middle East.