16 of the most indulgent dessert cafés in Gloucestershire

Milkshakes, freakshakes, cruffins, muffins and more! SoGlos handpicks the most delicious sweet treats in Gloucestershire, with 16 dessert cafés serving up the ultimate sugar fix.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
Get the ultimate sugar fix at these deliciously sweet eateries in Gloucestershire.

Who doesn’t love a sweet treat every now and then? From decadently-topped waffles and pancakes, to chocolate challenges and colourful ice cream sundaes, Gloucestershire is full of places to pick up indulgent desserts and puddings.

Helping you to satisfy those sugar cravings, SoGlos shares 16 of our favourite dessert cafés in Gloucestershire.

Hotel Chocolat at Gloucester Quays

Indulgent hotspot, Hotel Chocolat at Gloucester Quays, is serving up all the chocolatey goodness at its café, providing the ultimate treat for those with a sweet tooth!

Try its cocoa whip: a light, deliciously creamy chocshake… it’s what dreams are made of. 

He Says She Waffles in Cirencester

Tucked away in Cirencester town centre, He Says She Waffles is a haven of golden waffles, sweet toppings and all the delicious treats you could ask for.

Dive in to the rich chocolate brownie waffle; hazelnut waffle with chocolate sauce; or perhaps the banana, Nutella and M&M waffle will take your fancy... With so many options, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Smokey Joes in Cheltenham

The king of eccentric dining, Smokey Joe’s in Cheltenham just had to be included in this hot list with its unicorn hot chocolate. Topped with cream, marshmallows and even a rainbow sweetie – it’s sure to hit the spot if you're craving something sweet!

The café also offers loaded milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and desserts – waffle sharing platter, anyone?

SISU Pancakes in Cheltenham

For a truly decadent pud, award-winning patisserie SISU Pancakes provides incredible pancake cakes filled with lashings of buttercream - not for the faint-hearted!

Flavours include cookies and cream, pistachio, Nutella, Biscoff, hazelnut chocolate Kinder, with plenty more to sink your teeth into. 

Choux Bun Appétit in Stroud

Choux Bun Appétit's desserts are irresistibly indulgent, with servings of fresh cream, chocolate, strawberries… you name it, it features in one of the beautifully-crafted sweets!

The small batch patisserie's menu has something for everyone, with options including macarons, lemon meringue choux buns, chocolate orange opera cakes and creamy eclairs, to name a few. 


Huffkins has a number of tearooms across the county, including on Cheltenham’s Promenade and inside the town’s John Lewis store. Serving up tasty cakes and pastries, it’s the perfect spot to get your sugar fix.

Carrot cakes, raspberry éclairs, lemon drizzle cakes, salted caramel shortcakes and triple chocolate gateau slices line the countertops, filling the café with a gorgeously sweet aroma.

Café au Chocolat in Tewkesbury

Handmade chocolates. Need we say more? Celebrating all things chocolatey, Café au Chocolat in Tewkesbury is one of the very best places to go for sweet treats.

If you’re up for a foodie challenge, the café also offers three different indulgent chocolate challenges, which involves polishing off a platter of different treats… if you dare!

Creams Café in Cheltenham

Located in The Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham town centre, Creams Café’s puddings taste just as good as they look. With everything from crêpes and waffles, to milkshakes and cookie dough, there are plenty of sweet options to choose from.

And with the dessert shop having recently introduced a vegan menu, there’s now even more to feast your eyes on!

Hetty’s Kitchen in Gloucester

Hetty’s Kitchen is a chocoholic’s dream, serving freshly-baked goods from its Gloucester café and bakery. Yes, we’re talking Hetty's legendary fudgey brownies! 

A cosy and colourful spot to grab a quick treat, as well as scrumptious hot drinks to dine in or take away, it's one to keep in mind for when your chocolate craving kicks in.

Botanica Coffee Kitchen in Cheltenham

Nestled away on a Cheltenham business park, this hidden gem is a must-visit for a mug of coffee and a slice of cake.

Botanica Coffee Kitchen is an Instagram-worthy haven of chocolatey and cakey goodness, with homemade brownies, pastries and cruffins on the menu.

Edible Art Patisserie in Cheltenham 

Top UK pastry chef Damien Wager's flagship shop in Cheltenham, Edible Art Patisserie, provides an array of beautifully-crafted cakes and pastries for visitors to indulge in - and they look like true works of art!

Sweet treats include miniature gateaux in the shape of fruits such as strawberries, watermelons, coconuts, apples and pears; perfect macarons that look like they're fresh from a Parisian patisserie; as well as glossy tarts, French fancies and plenty more. 

Wholly Gelato near Gloucester 

Serving ice cream from its base on Barhouse Farm in Elmore all year round, Wholly Gelato uses milk from cows reared on its own farm to create its signature product.

Delicious flavours like triple chocolate, Malteser raspberry, salted caramel and lemon and rose mascarpone have all been big hits in the past – but you’re sure to be delighted no matter what’s on offer on the day you visit.

Yanto’s Pancake House in Gloucester

The first of its kind in the area, Yanto’s Pancake House in Gloucester offers a wonderful concoction of delicious pancakes, waffles and cakes.

With options like Oreo and raspberry crêpes and its banana, peanut butter and dark chocolate waffle, sweet-toothed diners are in for treat, whatever they decide on.

Luxe Café in Cirencester

With its pretty pink décor, Luxe Café in Cirencester is a truly Instagrammable location; not only thanks to its fun flower wall and neon signs, but because of its creative desserts and bakes. 

Indulge in everything from Nutella cookie sandwiches, Lucky Charm Rice Kirsipie treats and Oreo pancakes, to doughnut-topped iced lattes and Reese's peanut butter hot chocolates. 

Guilt Trip in Cheltenham

A newly-opened coffee shop in the centre of Cheltenham, with a store in Broadway too, Guilt Trip has a great selection of doughnuts – which are handmade to the highest standard and in popular demand!

From its signature blueberry glazed doughnut, filled with cream cheese and melted white chocolate, to its espresso glazed ring with Biscoff spread on top, there’s a whole range of flavours to choose from, with seasonal specials to look out for as well.

Once Upon a Tea Room in Cheltenham

Combining the savoury and the sweet, tuck into cakes, macaroons, scones and finger sandwiches at Once Upon a Tea Room with its afternoon tea. Perfect for any celebration, this tasty offering of sugary goodness certainly hits the spot! And don’t worry – if you can’t manage it all, you can always box it up and take it home for later.

Once Upon a Tea Room also offers exclusive and themed afternoon teas; menus for dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and vegetarian diners; and the chance to create your own sweets at its Crafternoon Tea. 

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