With temperatures set to rise over the next few days, the launch of new Leicester dessert parlour Minus 14 couldn’t have come at a better time.
Minus 14 has just opened in Queens Road, Clarendon Park, in the former NatWest bank.
The new business specialises in topped gelato and frozen yoghurt, with some extravagant and indulgent creations on offer.
Customers also have the opportunity to build their own dessert by choosing from a wide variety of toppings, including cereals, biscuits, brownies and even Victoria sponge cakes!
You can take a look inside the new parlour with our gallery below
Minus 14 has been launched by a Leicestershire couple who say they want to bring a bit of colour – literally and figuratively – and fun to the area, and be “a bit of a bright spark in what has been a pretty dull and dark few months for everyone”.
They told LeicestershireLive: “Anyone coming to visit can expect some bright colours, positive vibes and plenty of smiles (with our eyes, behind our masks!)”
Customers can choose from vanilla, salted caramel, or chocolate gelato, or natural frozen yoghurt.
There’s also sorbet, available in mango or strawberry flavours – both of which are suitable for vegans.
All of the options are gluten free.
Although they are not made in-house, each product comes in a contained capsule which is then put through the Minus 14 machine, which gives it a soft whip texture.
All of the capsules are stored at minus 14 degrees – hence the name of the business.
This is the temperature that the owners deem to be the perfect temperature to serve their desserts – which are then finished with goodies from the toppings bar.
There is a seating area in what was the vault of the old NatWest building – which wasn’t easy to create.
According to the owners, it took two weeks for the specialists to get through the wall.
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To allow for social distancing, there are currently only three small tables in this area, but as restrictions ease, the owners hope to be able to accommodate more people who want to eat inside.
Of course, there’s also the colourful swings in the window of the dessert parlour, so you can always enjoy your treat whilst having a gentle swing back and forth. Don’t worry – they are secured to the floor!
Opening hours are currently Monday to Thursday 12-6pm Friday and Saturday 12-10pm, Sunday 12-6pm.