Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sweet Treats Add Up to a Perfect Meal; This Week ELAINE BLACKBURNE Gives Her Verdict on GELATO JOJO in Seaton Carew

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sweet Treats Add Up to a Perfect Meal; This Week ELAINE BLACKBURNE Gives Her Verdict on GELATO JOJO in Seaton Carew

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Byline: ELAINE BLACKBUR| Gelato JoJo

NAME AND ADDRESS: Gelato Jojo, 79 The Front, Seaton Carew, TS25 1BU, 01429 286452.

TYPE OF FOOD: Diners are given two menus. The food and drink menu includes a delicious selection of light bites and mains ranging from breakfasts to main meals but the show stopper is the desserts menu - three pages of sweet treats ranging from waffles to sundaes.

PRICE RANGE: Snacks start from PS1.50 for toast or croissant, pizzas are PS5.95, burgers PS6.95 and share boards from PS5.95 Desserts are PS4.99 for sundaes, waffles from PS4.50 - or double up for PS7.95 or push the boat out if you can't decide and you could have JoJo's Extravaganza at PS12.99 - eight assorted scoops of homemade gelato and a selection of toppings, plus syrup, whipped cream, chocolate flakes and wafers.

COST OF A DRINK: Alcoholic drinks are limited but you can have one of their craft beers or fruity or berry cider, both PS3.50 and house wine is PS3.75 a glass. There as a good variety of more unusual soft drinks such as Fentimans Botanical Sodas PS2.25 - options include Ginger Beer, Rose Lemonade, Wild English Elderflower and Dandelion and Burdock FIRST IMPRESSIONS: From the moment we walked through the door we knew we were going to be in for a treat. The stylish room you step into is a mass of pink and white stripes giving a lovely fresh feeling. Yet it is only once you get inside you realise what an incredible place you have stepped into.

We were seated by a friendly helpful waitress who brought us two sets of menus - food and drink and desserts. We soon discovered why two were needed - the dessert one alone covered three pages with scores of offerings.

But as we looked around us we noticed there was a lot more to this eatery than at first glance. Hidden behind one wall was a breakfast bar with a row of shiny moped seats. A look at the ceiling revealed beautiful wallpaper which covered the roof with an array of waves and whales.

We commented on it to the waitress who was quick to tell us there was more to be seen - and a look around revealed yet more hidden rooms, each creating its own personality for diners. There was a cosy woodland nook, decorated with Alice In Wonderland, tables for two with trunk seats and a large airy room full of light tucked away at the back.

But it was a trip to powder my nose which revealed my favourite room - the ladies' toilet. This was decorated with vibrant carnival wallpaper and beautiful fixtures and fittings. "Everyone loves it - loads of people take selfies in here," laughed one member of staff.

CHOICE OF FOOD: There is a good selection whether you want a light bite - sandwiches and ciabatta melts - through to sharing platters, pizza, lasagne and burgers. Children's meals are PS4.95 and arrive in a pink princess carriage or a galleon ship and include fries, juice and ice-cream. …

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