Scoop

Price guide: Budget

40 Shorts Gardens, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9AB

Price guide: Budget

Great choice of flavours © Simon Coppock

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#51 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Food and drink:
5
5.0
Ambience:
3.8
3.8
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Relaxation

Best for Families - Expert review of Scoop

My favourite ice-cream parlour in London.

Among the boutiques to the north of Covent Garden, Scoop is a friendly place for homemade Italian ice-cream, serving big scoops of excellently fruity and flavourful naughtiness.

Food and drink: 

The ice-cream here never fails to bring a smile to my face. There’s usually a dozen different flavours, from strawberry and pistacchio to cioccolato bianco (white chocolate) and amarena (slightly bitter cherry), but I rarely see the need to venture beyond a scoop each of frutti di bosco and limone - the almost fizzily sharp lemon a perfect contrast to the richly sweet, darkly coloured fruits of the forest. Hot and cold drinks and sweet snacks are also served.

Ambience: 

Scoop is barely even a café. There are a few tables and chairs in the back, beyond the serving counters, and a kind of perch along the front of the bright orange shop, but that and the counter of ice-cream is all you need. Is anyone ever glum in an ice-cream shop?

Service: 

It can get hectic - especially at lunch on hot days when local workers queue up for their scoop of cold paradise - but the staff manage to keep cheerful and enthusiastic. Come at quieter times of day if you can.

Location: 

Handy for the covered market in Covent Garden - and perfect for the much better array of boutiques to the north of the tourist-focused market - but, because it’s off the main Neal Street drag at the quieter Endell Street end of a pretty anonymous back alley, it doesn’t get unbearably crowded.

Price advice: 

Two generous scoops and a cone cost £2.80.

Other useful branches: 

A second branch of Scoop opened in Soho (53 Brewer Street, W1F 9UJ, 020 7494 3082) in May 2010 - the same excellent ice-cream, but no sitting space at all. Simon Coppock covered this opening in his blog post London's best new ice-cream shop opens in Soho, if you’re interested.

More information on Scoop:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Ice-cream parlour
Food:
Ice cream
Address:
40 Shorts Gardens, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9AB
Telephone:
020 7240 7086
Website:
http://www.scoopgelato.com
Opening times:
Sun-Thu noon-9pm; Fri-Sat noon-10pm. From the beginning of April to the end of October it opens until 10:30pm (11pm Fri and Sat).
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
Quick bites, Takeaway

Have you been to Scoop? Would you recommended it?