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You can't fail to notice the ice cream carousel, filled with vibrant fruit sorbets and pastel gelato, it dominates Affogato's window. Stepping over the threshold, the sweet fragrance of spiced, buttery waffles makes me drool. 

Then there's Epix's canine greeting us with a bouncy welcome along with cheerful smiles from owner Anna Campbell and her staff. This dug friendly establishment is overseen by well-behaved Epix and her very waggy tail. 

Primarily a gelateria, Affogato offers a few savouries, but that doesn't really matter, because ultimately it's all about the gelato, waffles and feisty Illy coffee.

Seasonal specials and everyday favourites twist tantalisingly slowly in the revolving display freezer. Anna trained in Bologna and her decision to keep her flavours simple does her credit. As well as the ice creams, she also makes the majority of cakes including some rather fine macarons (75p) that would be the envy of any Great British Bake Off contestant.

The Husband starts with spiced pumpkin waffle, bacon and maple syrup (£5.50); it's almost sensuous - hint of spice, warm and soft, the saltiness of the maple-doused bacon is pleasurable. I ease my way in with a ham and cheese croissant (£2).

It is also a place for the glutton with the 'build it yourself option' - basic waffle (£2.50); toppings and sauces at 50p each include nuts, butterscotch chunks and chocolate cookie bits, chocolate, coffee, dulche de leche, fruits (£1), and gelato at £1 per scoop.  

I love the Dutch spice mix speculoos, so I plumped for a good-sized dollop in a bowl of espresso (well one of us had to have an affogato - £3.10). The bitter coffee contrasts delectably against the warming spiciness of the ice cream. It could easily have been nutmeg or rum & raisin or mince pie. The Daught built herself one helluva waffle; layers of banana, chocolate cookie bits, salted caramel and chocolate orange gelato with a good squirt of fresh raspberry sauce. We took our tax payment from her (several spoonfuls were extracted!).

Breadwinner supplies baked goods, tea is from Dammann Frères Premium Teas and Valrhona chocolate is used in the hot chocolate. Anna is more than happy to make ice cream to your specification with prior notice. 

With free wifi, this is going to be another addictive haunt for us.


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