I’m not an ice cream fanatic by any means – I don’t think I’d ever order it on its own as a dessert – but under the right circumstances I have a real soft spot for a good gelato. Scoop, conveniently located quite close to my office in Covent Garden, does a great pistachio gelato, although I’m often put off by the long post-work queues on hot summer evenings. After a difficult day on Wednesday, I managed to convince Paul to accompany me on a walk down Shaftesbury Avenue to Gelupo. (It wasn’t difficult.)
As well as gelato, Gelupo also sells granita in various delicious flavours like sour cherry or blond almond (I’m having that next time), and sorbets. I went for avocado and honey sorbet, and fennel seed and pine nut gelato; Paul chose two gelati: chestnut, and coffee, ricotta and honey.
The avocado and honey sorbet was pretty nice, but the fennel seed and pine nut gelato was everything I hoped it would be. Absolutely and unusually delicious. Paul’s selections were, if possible, even better: the coffee, ricotta, and honey gelato was rich, creamy and tasted beautifully of all its ingredients, and the chestnut one tasted exactly like an ice cream version of the Clément Faugier sweetened chestnut purée that I’m really very fond of eating straight out of the tin.
The flavours on offer at Gelupo change regularly and have been known to include a blood orange granita that I will most definitely have to try. Anyway, I’ve got a loyalty card now so it’d be rude not to go back.