Where did all of these suddenly come from? Leicester city centre has become invaded by ice cream and gelato parlours, but is that really a bad thing? Walking around town on a hot day, there’s nothing better than a frozen treat. So we headed to one of these newly opened dessert bars on Belvoir Street, Waffle and Scoop.
Unlike its newly opened neighbours at nearby Granby Street, Waffle and Scoop occupies a modest position on Belvoir Street opposite chain restaurant Las Iguanas. The small shop, painted radiantly in white, has a bar seating area complete with stools and a couple of tables.
The menu features a host of sweet treats all based around ice cream and Belgian Liege waffles, freshly made to order. The menu allows you the freedom to mix and match, effectively building your own dessert. Adding candy floss to everything seemed to be the order of the day for most customers and we were about to follow the trend.
After much deliberation we decided on the Eton Mess Ice Cream Cone with that all important candy floss. We’ve got the scoop, so we had to go for a waffle – a Black Forest one, as it turned out, with vanilla ice cream as an additional extra.
This is a great place to bring your kids, a young couple sat across from us appeared lost in the world of romance and sugar. A family next to us sat in admiration of their candy floss creation. There’s a great vibe here.
Our turn came with the Eton Mess served first. A huge hat of candy floss with an upside down cone, resembling a student prank, sat on a cup of smooth vanilla ice cream. Crushed meringue and fresh strawberries formed a pretty ring around the cone.
It’s agony watching someone eat this while waiting for yours. Especially when the dessert is this good. When I had the opportunity to steal a bite, the taste was sensational. Sweet and crunchy meringue and smooth delicious ice cream – heaven! Candy floss just adds that wow factor, not something commonly seen in the city of Leicester’s eateries.
At last, my wait was over. The Black Forest Waffle looked superb, artistically decorated with melted chocolate and served with whipped cream and cherry compote – just in case, like me, whipped cream isn’t enough, grab some ice cream on the side. It’s so worth it.
Even the cutlery here gets the royal treatment, gold spoons are a great touch. Anyway, back to the waffle. I quite enjoyed it, okay, I really enjoyed it. Black Forest flavours in any combination are likely to go down well with most people. Whack a fresh Belgian waffle into the mix and you’ve got a winner. The ice cream actually lifted the dish up a level, highly recommended.
We also took two bottles of San Pellegrino water along with our desserts, both good quality. The two girls running the store on our visit were friendly and seemed to really enjoy putting the desserts together, although be prepared to wait a while during busy periods.
Still, good things come to those who wait. The desserts we had were top notch. We would go back in a heartbeat. Waffle and Scoop may be new to the growing dessert parlour scene in Leicester but with quality puddings like these at a fair price they will go far. We will be back for another sugar fix no doubt.
Opening Times: Wednesday-Friday 1400-2300
Nearest Train Station: Leicester