Macaron Patisserie, 22 The Pavement, London, SW4 0HY
This is such a dreamy little patisserie situated directly in front of Clapham Common with a rustic but stylish French interior. It even had one of those big retro ice creams outside (pictured right) which you just don't seem to see anymore but actually I think they are pretty classic.
French and extremely friendly.
The ice cream:
You are greeted by the ice cream display instantly and some of the flavours were a little exotic, such as yogurt and apricot. Considering they only had about 6 or 7 flavours that is ballsy for a parlour. I am always under the impression that for a one off shop the less flavours the better, as this way you know or at least hope that they are making them fresh. I had the yogurt and apricot with Charlie and it actually tasted of yogurt, so pretty reassuring. Freddie went for raspberry sorbet which again received the seal of approval.
£1.80 for quite a decent scoop.
Notice he is still grasping that Milk Tray...ice cream is not enough for some people!
They sold one of my favourite kinds of chocolate, Valrhona (pictured). This is one of my secret ingredients when I make chocolate ice cream and is incredible when making chocolate sauce or simply great for a light snack.
Another great touch was this assortment of homemade chocolates .
I did not have time for tea as we had another parlour to investigate but Charlie explained how they arrive in these cute little tea cups and there is a great selection of coffees in the jars pictured below.
This little place definitely left you wanting more as I would have liked to have stayed with some tea and chilled on their terrace, perhaps with something from the bakery too? I thought it was unique and quite stylish, the only negative is that it's not close enough to my house so I cannot become a regular anytime soon.
Next up on the ice cream quest was Nardulli.
Nardulli, 29 The Pavement, Clapham, London, SW4 0JE
This is completely the opposite to the quaint patisserie as it was modern and had a simple design. Again, the situation of the shop is perfect with the Common being so nearby and it is ideal to grab an ice cream and have a stroll round the park. The waiters were also extremely friendly being typical Italians.
All in all a fun excursion with Charlie and Freddie, although Freddie, the greedy bugger, who still had an entire box of Milk Tray continued to steal some of poor Charlie's cone. Cheeky!