Mr Simms Old Sweet Shoppe, Bath

Mr Simms Old Sweet Shoppe In Bath

I’d been in the Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe in Bath before and bought a raspberry chocolate log and a Mint Chop Chip Chocolate bar which I didn’t think was all that great. And as I’d just come out of the House Of Minerva with some great chocolates and I had a big visit to Fudge Kitchen the next day I decided not to buy anything else on this trip – so my ratings are from a mixture of visits.

The Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe is basically on the same street as Minerva, although this end is called Westgate Street. It’s just a touch further of the main street however, but close to the theatre so I’m sure it’ll get quite a bit of passing trade from that. Actually, whenever I’ve been in it’s been very busy so I think that’s a good indication of its location.

Score: 10/10

From the kerb the shop looks pretty rustic and jam-packed full of chocolate and sweets. There’s nothing that would put you off going in, but it did lack a bit of the “wow-factor” that I would have hoped for.

Score: 9/10

The Walk In
It’s not hard to find chocolate – it’s basically along the left-hand wall, the jars of sweets are along the back wall and various other bits and bobs on the right-hand wall. It’s pretty easy to find stuff as you just work around the shop.

Score: 8.0/10

I don’t think they make anything themselves, it’s either rebranded chocolate, or from national chocolate companies. I did notice this time, however, that they’d got some Amatller in – which I thought was bit strange from a traditional sweet shop. Most of the selection was obviously aimed at tourists than the average buyer.

Score: 6.5/10

Whenever I go in its always well staffed – you’re never left waiting for someone to help and when I asked for a receipt, which it looks like they don’t normally give, they were very helpful.

Score: 8/10

I found the prices a bit higher than I’d usually expect, but they do get a lot of tourists in so it’s understandable that they’d raise their prices a bit.

Score: 6.5/10

Taste Test
The chocolate I did taste wasn’t all that great. But I do think I need a larger sample to give a complete score.

Score: 6/10

Can you Buy Online?

It’s not my favourite sweet shop of all time.

Score: 6.75/10

Would I go back?
Mmmm, probably.

Lee McCoy

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  • It’s such a shame when these old fashioned sweetshops don’t create that wow factor – taking you back to that childhood magic that you felt.

    Mr Simms definitely has a big impact from the outside, but it looks like it is almost trying to be Victorian. The sweetshop that I remember from when I was young (in the 1970’s) didn’t look like that at all… maybe Mr Simms is trying to look too quaint and, insodoing, is missing the nostalgia.

  • Roy

    What are all these people on about, its not just a chocolate shop. Iv just come from the Kingston branch with some fruit salads & black jacks & some lemonade powder, best things iv tasted in ages, get your head out of your choc cloud and try other things.

  • Loulou

    mmm the chocolate is not the best,in fact very poor.I would not reccomend Mr Simms chocolate to anyone !!

  • Guest K

    Having worked in this particular branch and being a chocolate lover myself I have to say that the large bars are a bit ‘pot-luck’ as some of them aren’t great. But most of the other stuff is really good some of the prices are a little steep but Bath is a tourist city and can afford to put the prices up as tourists will pay it. I am disappointed you gave it 6.75 overall think a 7/8 would be more appropriate.

  • Meribel123

    Just another franchise with bought in expensive stuff and rude staff to fleece the moron tourists