Luxury chocolate company Hotel Chocolat has opened its latest store, featuring its delicious Velvetiser Café, at the Stroud Leisure Park off the M40 at Banbury where InstaVolt’s super hub is located, making a stop to recharge your EV almost irresistible!

An intimate industrial style has been used for the interior of the store and 40 seat cafe and a neon sign promises “More cacao, less sugar.” Menus on the wall show as range of iconic Velvetiser hot chocolates and other drinks including salted caramel and clementine hot chocolate and even apple pie hot chocolate. It also sells dunking biscuits – perfect for the cold weather!

The café is named after Hotel Chocolat’s Velvetiser, a hot chocolate maker that allows people to create velvety smooth drinks at home. Hotel Chocolat said the space has been designed as a place to escape and unwind while browsing the range of top-quality chocolates.

InstaVolt’s Banbury super hub is just two minutes off junction 11 of the M40 and hosts 32 chargers, capable of speeds up to 150kW. With plenty of amenities on site for drivers, the new addition of Hotel Chocolat is complemented by a Costa Coffee, a Miller and Carter restaurant and a Premier Inn.

With plans to install 10,000 rapid chargers by 2030, InstaVolt currently has more than 1,380 chargers across the country and is installing at a faster rate than any other charge point operator.

Adrian Keen, the CEO of InstaVolt said: “Hotel Chocolat’s store and café is a fantastic addition to the offering at the Banbury super hub and will make the stop for recharging an even better experience. Our philosophy at InstaVolt is to create hubs where people can stop and recharge their EVs while at the same time relax and recharge themselves.”

Voted as one of Britain’s top rapid charging networks**, InstaVolt’s chargers are powered using 100% renewable energy, easy to use and take contactless payment: there’s no need to sign up and no subscription required.

Drivers can visit the website, or sign up to the optional InstaVolt App, where they can find their nearest charging station, search for real-time availability across its sites, and pay for their charge – all in one place.

For more information visit or download the App or visit

**: The results have come from Zap Map’s annual EV public charging network satisfaction survey

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