Side step: artisan ice cream for when the sun returns

30 May


I think it’s safe to say last Bank Holiday’s sun was a God-send. And when the rays comes out, it’s time to head to Gelupo’s.

The cosy gelateria in Soho serves quirky-flavoured scoops, like ricotta with sour cherry or persimmon sorbet, and the best bit, encourages trying before buying.

Being the chocolate lover that I am, I went for the bitter, dark chocolate AND the bonet gelato, chocolate with rum, amaretti, coffee and egg yolks, which was gorgeous if not slightly too sweet, but that was my misjudgment.


The gelateria is blue-tiled, light and airy, and the staff very friendly. There are a couple of tables outside for sunny days, and a line of stools inside opposite the counter. Round the back are a few tables and chairs where you can sit by a retro ice-cream vending cart and browse the Italian goodies on sale, from sausages to olive oil to home-made pasta.

Gelupo’s also serves a range of coffees, Italian torta, polenta cakes, brownies, foccaccia sandwiches, pies and gelato cakes to take home.

Just across the street is Bocca di Lupo’s, an Italian restaurant by the same owner.

So…maybe I’ve got my timing off with post this given our grim weather, but the Annie inside me is singing, the sun’ll come out tomorrow, tomorrow…so when it does, skip to Gelupo’s.


The details:

Location: 7 Archer Street, Soho. Piccadilly Circus tube.

Opening times: Thursday to Saturday, noon-1am; Sunday to Wednesday, noon-11pm.

Prices: from £3 for a small cup/cone (two flavours)

To visit the website, click here.


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