Okay, so it’s no secret that I am head over heels in love with stuffing my face with scrumptious (if not naughty) food.
I am quite open to trying new things and in all honesty, there isn’t much that I won’t eat (except fish.. it rarely goes anywhere near my mouth!). The cooler, miserable weather makes me feel like hibernating. Or at least comfort eating to take the edge off of the cold days and dark evenings (who needs a bikini bod in wintry England anyway?! it’s all about layers and baggy clothes, darling!). So I thought that I would put together my top five places to go for a decent dessert. Some are nationwide and some are more local to me.
I absolutely adore this place and my favourite branch has got to be the one in Westfield London. It’s such a great location as with so many fabulous restaurants nearby, it’s a perfect plan to stuff your face initially somewhere else and then mooch around the shops before hitting up Crepe Affaire for dessert. It’s open quite late and is inside the shopping centre. Perfect for avoiding a rainy evening in London. I usually opt for a Belgian milk chocolate crepe with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. Totes delish, They also run a loyalty scheme, so you can have a treat for free Hurrah!
2. Indulge dessert lounge
207 Marsh Road, Pinner, HA5 5NE
Indulge is located in Pinner and is a great place to go for a cheeky sweet treat. They have a large selection of cakes, ice cream, waffles and milkshakes. They have recently extended their premises to accommodate more customers. Yippee!
It is open from mid morning until late, so you can pretty much pop in anytime. The thing that I like about this place is that you can easily meet a friend here for a quick catch up and still have a treat. I usually opt for a crepe, but their waffles and milkshakes are most divine too!
There are lots of dessert lounges popping up at the moment, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for local ones.
Whenever I pass an Auntie Anne’s, the gentle waft of their scrumptious pretzels consumes me and I am rarely able to pass one without stopping and grabbing either vanilla stix or a chocolate sugar pretzel. Auntie Anne’s is often near a shopping precinct, so it’s a brilliant idea to stop and grab one whilst out shopping (it also provides an energy boost, resulting in more shopping stamina!)
Auntie Anne’s have also started a loyalty scheme, so you can be rewarded with free pretzels – result!
4. Restaurants that are a pub or feel like a pub
Okay, so as someone with a terribly sweet tooth, when we are in a pub or a pub style restaurant (think Harvester, Beefeater etc), one of the first questions I ask is do they have a dessert menu? Most often, they do and it’s absolutely lovely. You will often find crumbles, cakes and my personal fave, ice cream sundaes. You can’t beat a chocolate brownie ice cream sundae and most of the pub restaurants have a nice selection, so defo check them out!
5. Ask Italian
When Phil and I visited Italy last year, we were disappointed by the desserts on offer. Wherever we went, we would sample the most delicious pizza, risotto, bolognese… followed by a rubbish tasting cake. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all bad – the gelato was obviously delightful, but overall disappointment. Ask Itailian on the other hand serve not only yummy Italian food, but also great desserts to match. I can recommend their chocolate sharing platter (although I think the portion size needs addressing!) and the profiteroles (they are literally the best I have ever had. Ever).Next time you are enjoying the delights of Ask, save room for dessert!
I could list off many other places to go for a naughty treat, but these are my current top five.
Right, I’m off to grab some and Ben & Jerry’s from the freezer!