I love gelato.
Actually, I’m pretty keen on ice cream too, but gelato is definitely having a moment, with places popping up all over. And if you want places in London, then mainstream media have those well covered.
This is my very personal guide to great places to eat gelato outside of London. Some are my favourites, some are on the wishlist.
None of them is inside the M25.
They all just have delicious, creamy gelato, ready to go when you are! Here goes:
This one has a very local connection for me, as the milk comes from a herd of cows on the hill above me. Freshly made instore every day with non-homogenised milk from Belvoir Creamery, these guys know their stuff. Both from Turin, and Antonio went to a gelato university.
Why did they never mention that option when I was at school?
I love their pistachio gelato and the hazelnut, but always like to just see what’s on that day. And if it’s gone, it’s gone. Get there quick. The coffee is also great, so you can get a double hit of a taste of Italy.
Highly recommend it if you’re in Leicester for football, rugby, on the Richard III trail or any other good reason. Open daily, and open late until 11 pm Monday to Saturday in the Italian style.
Unlike Leicester, most people don’t have much reason to be in Rugby. It’s also a bit of a food desert, though there are some bright sparks of light. Maia is new on the scene, but a welcome addition in my book, if not in my waistline’s.
Great gelato, good pastries and really good coffee. I like that they have an “Italian” cappuccino, or a cappuccino as they call it in Italy. If you like your coffee strong and not in a bucket, you’ll like their coffee. I’m lacking a photo of my gelato on my trips there, but the pastries are definitely worth a stop too.
So, maybe you’ll come to visit the Rugby Hall of Fame, or the cement works (probably not for pleasure in the latter’s case). At least you can now add a worthwhile extra stop to the day.
I was as undecided as to which location as to I normally am when choosing a flavour! West Bay is delightful and overlooks David Tennant’s first home in Broadchurch. I’m going for Lyme Regis as the new kiosk is right on the beach,
Wherever you choose, the flavours are delicious. Some traditional, some a little more offbeat, and some good sorbet choices often on offer too. You’ll also find them carried at good delis and farm shops in the area, as well as a growing number of restaurants.
This is on my wishlist for a couple of days in Edinburgh later in the summer. Mary trained at the same prestigious gelato university as Antonio at Gelato Village, so obviously, the Carpigiani Gelato University is the one to go to.
Flavours are seasonal, and freshly produced each day. I’ve no idea what to expect, although I’ve seen peanut and caramel and baked pear with dark chocolate on the website. A scoop of each of those would suit me fine.
With a Grassmarket location, this will be an ideal stopping point during sightseeing on that side of the city. Or worth a complete detour.
This one is for a friend of mine, who has more reason to go to Lancaster than me. However, Wallings comes highly recommended, particularly if you like your gelato flavours less on the traditional side. Not to mention plenty of choice, given there are 40 flavours.
Apple Pie sounds kind of traditional, whereas Bonfire Toffee sounds like a taste of my childhood in Yorkshire. The Iron Brew one I could probably leave, but Christmas Pudding is tempting.
They’ve been in business since the 1940’s so would suggest they have got this down to a fine art by now.
Rubbish website, but great gelato. And Leamington is one of those great places for a gentle potter around, with some great places to eat and drink. Swirls is not very big but had an impressive array of flavours. It certainly seemed to have attracted a bevvy of Japanese tourists (not sure what the collective noun is) who were busy Instagramming the heck out fo their cones.
Ignore the tourists, just grab a couple of flavours and a decent coffee, and while away a few blissful moments.
So, these are my off the beaten track recommends, please share yours! Where should I make a beeline for to taste great gelato without getting on the plane to Italy?