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.
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?
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.
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.
Two generous scoops and a cone cost £2.80.
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 [node:166567], if you’re interested.
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