Growing up in Loughborough, it is easy to overlook the things that make it unique. Being a cynic when it comes to my hometown I was reluctant to see what it had to offer on my return, which was extremely foolish of me because I might never have discovered this veritable feast for the eyes and tongue, Dolcino.

Admittedly, it doesn’t look like much from the outside. On the inside however it could be the lovechild of a classic American 1950’s dessert diner and a kawaii themed cafe nestled in the heart of Tokyo. The pastel turquoise booths are tasteful and comfy and there is a definite 60s mod vibe emanating from the mopeds, pop art, and unions jacks dotted around the space. The upbeat, bright atmosphere is heightened by a suitable 60s dance playlist

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What really makes it special is the menu. On display is a wide range of gelato including interesting flavours like Blood Orange, Ferrero Rocher, Oreo Ripple, and Tangy Apple, but this really is just the tip of the, eh, ice-creamburg. There is an extensive menu of sweet and savoury crepes and waffles, and as well as huge decadent sundaes, calzones, sandwiches, cake,  and pastries. There are also menus for kids, vegetarians, and gluten free diets.

Some highlights include the succulent green macha cake, the ‘Nick the Greek’ crepe with falafel, humus, cherry tomatoes, guacamole, red onions, black olives, extra virgin olive oil,
lemon juice, and the ‘Wide Load’ waffle with diced Mars Bar, fresh strawberries with chocolate sauce ginger biscuit & whipped cream.

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Perfect for a light snack, brunch, or unbridled death by sugar, a Dolcino is a sweet tooth’s paradise and an essential stop if for some weird reason you are ever passing through Loughborough.

4 Cattle Market, Loughborough LE11 3DJ | Mon to Sat 9:30am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm | Tel: 01509 210382


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