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Dessert and ice cream places in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 10:20 02 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:20 02 October 2017

Dessert places in Hertfordshire (photo: hurricanehank, Shutterstock)

Dessert places in Hertfordshire (photo: hurricanehank, Shutterstock)


Whether you want ice cream, waffles, cake, pancakes, we have selected some of the best dessert and ice cream places in Hertfordshire to stave off those sweet cravings

1. Fabio’s Gelato, Hitchin

After being inspired by the gelaterias in Rome that serve many different flavours of creamy gelato, Fabio and Hannah opened their own store in Hitchin. All the Italian ice creams are made in store and the flavours regularly change often making use of local ingredients.

What to order: you’ll want to visit again and again to try the changing flavours – perfect to enjoy in the sunshine during the warmer months. If you’re feeling a little decadent, have your ice cream on a freshly homemade waffle.

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2. The Pudding Stop, St Albans

We know why you clicked on this article – sweet things! The Pudding Stop has plenty of sweet things from breakfast to closing time; you can find buttermilk pancakes with blueberries in the morning or custard filled profiteroles dripping with salted caramel chocolate sauce throughout the day.

What to order: drinks include coffee from London-based Climpson & Sons that provides artisanal coffees to sip alongside your desserts; sweet dessert wines by the glass; and craft beers too.

3. Belgique Café and Patisserie, Ware

Belgique Café and Patisserie is a chain of Belgian-style patisseries with many locations in Essex but also with a store in Ware. Expect pretty cakes, crafted with care and full of inventive flavours such as a pear and caramel cheesecake, pistachio and vanilla gateau or strawberry swiss roll.

What to order: on top of the patisserie selection, you can order milkshakes, waffles, ice cream, pancakes and much more! Order a full tart or cake from Belgique to share or bring to a celebration.

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4. The Waffle House, St Albans

For people who know what they want (waffles!), then the Waffle House in St Albans is the place to be. With both savoury and sweet made-to-order waffles on the menu, there’s something for everyone, but we know you are the sweet-toothed type. Loaded with sumptuous toppings such as spiced fruit and nuts; hot apples; or banana, flapjack pieces and homemade butterscotch sauce, the sweet waffles at the Waffle House are prepared with your choice of white, wholemeal or spelt flour.

What to order: sorry for stating the obvious, but, waffles.

5. The Shaken Cow, various locations

Before you argue that milkshakes aren’t desserts, you have to see the creations at the Shaken Cow. With stores in St Albans, Welwyn Garden City, Hertford, Berkhamsted and Harpenden, there are countless possibilities to create your ideal milkshake.

What to order: try something from the Super Shakes menu consisting of thick shakes such as the “Homer”, created by blending toffee, fudge and doughnuts with fresh ice cream and milk and topping with toffee fudge and doughnut pieces. There are so many to try, so make sure to peruse the menu at leisure!

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6. Nice, Harpenden

Ice cream at Nice in Harpenden is made from fresh cream and whole milk for a deliciously creamy texture. Whether compounded into a sundae; heaped with an array of tempting toppings; or blended into a milkshake with sweets, biscuits or fruit, you’re sure to find a sweet treat to satisfy your cravings.

What to order: Nice has crepes and Belgian waffles too, with an array of toppings; why not opt for a banoffee crunch crepe or go for a scoop of ice cream on top of your sweet Belgian waffle?

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7. Mario’s, Berkhamsted

Crepes, waffles, gelato, coffee, oh my! There are many tantalising treats to sample at Mario’s in Berkhamsted; whether you’re in the mood for a retro banana split on a hot day or a steaming cup of coffee with a loaded crepe to warm up.

What to order: past gelato creations have included blue banana, salted caramel, Christmas pudding(!), rum and raisin, apple and cinnamon, ‘tootie fruity’, purple berry, chilli chocolate and much more. Find your new favourite.

8. Flints, Hitchin

Located in the marketplace in Hitchin, Flints serves juices, smoothies, teas and coffees to take away – but also sweet desserts such as crepes, ice lollies and loaded milkshakes.

What to order: why not order a sugar laden Nutella milkshake? Made with ice cream, milk and nutella blended then topped off with a whole brownie, lashings of whipped cream, more brownie pieces and drizzled with melted Nutella.


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