You won’t remember because you’re too busy expiring in today’s THIRTY-DEGREE heat, but exactly a month ago there was a terribly dull Sunday of wind and rain.
Hove beach and Marrocco’s on King’s Esplanade called. It was eyewateringly windy on the beach, and there was dog shit everywhere (but I won’t go into that because I get apoplectic about it and I want to keep things nice). We battled against the forces of nature, picking up washed up cuttlefish and wobbling along the groynes, until we reached the cheerful facade of Marrocco’s, its chiller-full of gloopy waves of gelato in saturated hues visible from the door.
Marrocco’s opened as an ice cream shop by owner Pietro’s parents in 1969, in a spot where a restaurant called Fortes had been since the 1930s. Its interior, with its wood panelling and button-backed booths is a gift from the past.
Pietro’s dad Renato got up at 4am each day to make the ice cream, which won awards and drew promenading families in of a Sunday. Then, in 1998, Marrocco’s became a full-blown Italian restaurant, its booths filled with people eating delicious food ‘from the old country’, including fresh-as-anything fish and, since 2013, amazing fresh pasta.
Its ice cream is still a major draw and on hot days the queue is out the door (the only thing Marrocco’s say they’ll apologise for!). There are 24 flavours, including frozen yogurt and sorbet, and their popular blue bubblegum (a hit with my two). You can order by the scoop in a waffle cone or tub.
Yes, yes they are.
Drive: 20 mins
Train: Five per hour, changing in Brighton, 28-34 min. Walk, 15 min
Address: 8 Kings Esplanade, Hove, BN3 2WS
Tel no.: 01273 203 764
Open: Mon-Sun, 9am-late
Price: One scoop, £2.50; two scoops £3.50
Disclosure: My family and I went to Marrocco’s one blustery Sunday as a wonderful diversion. I took some snaps and made a mental note to write about it when the weather was better. Marrocco’s did not know I was reviewing their restaurant or the ice cream. No compensation, financial or otherwise, was offered or accepted for the writing of the post.
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