Do you want to stay in vegan accommodation in York? If you are visiting the stunning city of York, are a self-confessed chocoholic and care about the planet you need to check out this wonderful vegan accommodation in an old cocoa bean warehouse!
I Should Cocoa York is a 100% vegan apartment in the heart of the beautiful northern city of York. Located in a historic warehouse the owners have painstakingly made sure that this space is cruelty-free! We were recently invited to enjoy a night at I Should Cocoa York and try all their local vegan goodies!
As vegan travellers we love staying at 100% vegan accommodation and supporting vegan businesses. We have stayed at Little Sansook in the Lake District and have some incredible vegan B&Bs in the UK listed on this blog. Yet we had never stayed in vegan self-catering accommodation before and we were excited to stay at this stylish vegan apartment!
This is a sponsored post. We received a complimentary stay at the 100% vegan I Should Cocoa York in exchange for a review. All opinions are of course our own.
Our arrival at I Should Cocoa York
Our arrival at I Should Cocoa York was very smooth. You are sent instructions via Airbnb on how to access the Cocoa Suites, your vegan self-catering apartment and collect the keys for the car park.
Upon arrival I accessed the Cocoa Suites by using the code at several doors. It certainly made us feel very secure! The key could be obtained by using a lock box. Lock boxes are great if you are not sure of your exact arrival time.
Once I was in the apartment, I could get the keys for the car park. Parking in the centre of York is not easy so the ability to leave the car in the complimentary parking space is another great reason to stay at this vegan apartment in York. Though if you choose to arrive by train, York train station is just a short 15-minute walk away from I Should Cocoa York.
With the car parked, we could then admire the incredible building we would be staying in!
The Rowntree Wharf Building
I Should Cocoa is situated within the historic Rowntree Wharf building. Known as one of York’s most iconic industrial buildings, the Rowntree Wharf is a beautiful brick building surrounded by water. This very instagrammable spot with its picturesque riverside location means that despite being in the heart of the city it is very quiet. Guests can see the River Foss from their apartment. It reminded me of the Hanse district in Hamburg, Germany.
The Rowntree Wharf, built in 1860, was designed as a flour mill. The structure is 5 stories high and there is a 9-storey high water tower. In 1935 the grain was replaced with cocoa beans when Rowntree and Co brought the building to use as their warehouse. Rowntree Wharf was the new name of the premises and it would be used to store cocoa beans up until the 1960s. It wasn’t until a few decades ago that the warehouse was converted into flats and offices. Due to it’s history, chocolate – we realised – would be a running theme during our stay at I Should Cocoa York!
I Should Cocoa York gives you the opportunity to stay in two of these histotic apartments. The owners have managed to retain the charm of the building’s industrial past whilst creating sustainable and cruelty-free accommodation within the city walls of York.
The I Should Cocoa York Apartment
The I Should Cocoa vegan apartment in York is gorgeous and cruelty-free! Whilst veganism is so often associated with food and clothing it is important to remember that room interiors and furnishings can contain animal products too. When Emma and Mark, the owners of I Should Cocoa York, were working with the Cocoa Suite developers they ensured that everything in the studio was vegan-friendly. The carpet in the rooms elsewhere in the building included wool, and the paint also contained animal products. I Should Cocoa York, on the other hand, has taken the time to ensure both suites are good for the animals and the planet.
Not only is it wonderful how much thought they put into what was being used but also how they designed the space. The I Should Cocoa York apartment is one of the most stylish places we have ever stayed at!
“The apartment benefits from a pull-down double bed, comfortable seating area, well-equipped kitchen, and stylish shower room.”Emma, the owner of I Should Cocoa York
The lounge area in I Should Cocoa York
The lounge area in the Joseph apartment affords a beautiful button sofa, glass table, flat screen TV on a wooden TV unit, and a plant from the local vegan business Botanic York.
I don’t believe anyone could look at the plush sofa and not imagine curling up there with a coffee and magazine. We enjoyed relaxing on the sofa after our sight-seeing in York and utilising the complimentary Netflix that is provided. Watching TV isn’t usually something we do whilst travelling, but we took any excuse to sit on that sofa for longer…
I also enjoyed a hot drink in the morning sunshine before my partner woke up. It was a great place to read the magazine and scan through the Indie York map.
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The bedroom area in I Should Cocoa
The bedroom area in I Should Cocoa had a pull-down bed covered with plush pillows and a dressing table with a golden mirror. Placed upon the dressing table were handy books. One book contained pages of local tips and information about the history of the building, whilst the other was a guest book in which visitors could leave messages. We really appreciated the local tips and enjoyed sampling some of the vegan options in York during our stay!
The bed was really comfy, and the apartment very well insulated. We actually slept with the window open as it was very warm under the snug covers.
The bathroom at I Should Cocoa York
In line with the rest of the apartment, the bathroom at I Should Cocoa York was stylish and cruelty-free.
The bathroom had a modern shower, toilet and vegan toiletries. The theme of caring about the environment continues as guests can use bamboo toilet paper and vegan soap. Even the shampoo, conditioner and body wash are refillable and have not been tested on animals. Whilst having a shower we noticed that the body wash smelt of chocolate! We loved how the vegan chocolate theme was present throughout the whole space. This truly was a vegan chocoholics idea of what an apartment should be!
The kitchen at I Should Cocoa York
The kitchen at I Should Cocoa York has plenty of utensils, a fridge and an oven. We did not get a chance to really use the kitchen (as we ate so much yummy vegan food whilst we were exploring York) except for the kettle which we did use to enjoy some of the nicest ethical coffee and bespoke tea!
Vegan breakfast at I Should Cocoa York
There are so many thoughtful touches at I Should Cocoa but our favourites could be found on the glass kitchen table. Have you ever tried a chocolate and orange tea before?! Guests at I Should Cocoa can enjoy a cup of ethical coffee, take home a custom tea blend and nibble on a yummy gluten-free brownie.
The owners of this vegan apartment, Emma and Mark, wanted to make sure that they supported local, sustainable businesses as much as possible. This means that the tea, coffee and cake on offer have all come from the wonderful county of Yorkshire.
The North Star Roasters Coffee
The coffee comes from North Star Coffee Roasters who are based in Leeds. There is a handy leaflet all about the coffee and where it comes from next to the freshly grounded beans. I also enjoyed sitting on the comfy sofa with a magazine called The Grind which is produced by North Star Roasters. The magazine was a fascinating read as it highlighted certain ethical issues within the coffee industry and the impact climate change is having on the growth of coffee beans. There was even an article about the woman who owned the coffee farm from which our coffee came. It is so nice as a consumer to know exactly where something has come from and what North Star Roasters are doing to give back to the communities which harvest the coffee.
The coffee jar on the table notes that your coffee has been freshly ground that morning. There are two apartments to choose from at I Should Cocoa York, we stayed in the Joseph vegan apartment but if you stay in the Seebohm vegan studio you can grind your own coffee! Turns out I was happy that our vegan coffee had already been prepared at that time in the morning!
The vegan coffee was from El Salvador. It’s described as having subtle hints of peach, toffee and macadamia. It was absolutely delicious! We will most definitely be visiting North Star Roasters in Leeds to try this lovely single origin coffee again!
After the wonderful coffee it was time to try the custom Birdhouse Tea.
The Birdhouse Tea found in I Should Cocoa York cannot be found anywhere else! I Should Cocoa and Birdhouse Tea have created a custom blend just for guests! And you have guessed it, chocolate is involved!
Birdhouse Tea are a company based in Sheffield. The founders, Rebecca and Julie, have won many awards for their delicious tea. You can visit the tea haven they have created in a hidden courtyard in Sheffield, but can now try this unique blend of their tea when you stay at I Should Cocoa York!
The I Should Cocoa York custom blend contains: black tea, rooibos, orange peel, cocoa shells and natural flavouring. Whilst the idea of having cocoa shells in a tea may sound strange, this tea is surprisingly refreshing due to the orange hints, yet still feels indulgent due to the chocolatey tones. Alex, my partner, would have liked a dash of almond milk in his cup but I liked it neat!
Whilst we were enjoying our lovely hot drinks, it was time to try the gluten-free and vegan brownie!
The owners wanted to make sure that the brownie could be enjoyed by vegans and gluten-intolerant individuals alike! The brownie was packed full of healthy ingredients as well as chocolate of course! Whilst I generally prefer my vegan cakes to be as naughty as possible, this brownie was a perfect breakfast treat. It did taste like a decadent dessert but with a healthy twist. You certainly wouldn’t know it was made with sweet potato!
Overall, the quality, taste and amount of thought put into the ethical coffee, unique tea and vegan brownie makes the stay at I Should Cocoa very memorable. You truly feel like you are being pampered even though it is self-catering accommodation.
The hosts at I Should Cocoa York
The hosts at I Should Cocoa York, Emma and Mark, are a lovely couple. Communication beforehand was excellent due to the quick responses and helpful guide in terms of checking in. We also met Mark as we were leaving, he gave us many more vegan places to try in York and told us all about the ethics behind the apartments. It was so nice to hear how they support local ethical businesses and give their guests the opportunity to truly live like a local during their stay in York.
Would we stay again at I Should Cocoa York?
We would love to stay at I Should Cocoa York again! The location, the cleanliness, the style, the vegan goodies, the comfy bed, the handy tips, the friendly hosts (the list goes on) all contributed to a wonderful experience. We would love to stay in the other I Should Cocoa apartment one day and try grinding our own coffee beans!
Would you like to stay at I Should Cocoa?
Are you ready to plan your trip to Yorkshire? Have you been inspired to stay at I Should Cocoa in York? Would you like to snuggle up on that sofa or try the delicious North Star coffee? Let us know in the comments below or book your stay on Airbnb here.