The Esplanade Cafe, 2 Greenock Road, Largs, North Ayrshire, KA30 8NF
  • Telephone 01475 675000 (01475 689300 for restaurant reservations)
  • Food served Restaurant: Mon–Thu noon–9.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–9.45pm; Sun 12.30–9.30pm. Café: Mon–Sun 9am–9pm. Ice-cream parlour: Mon–-Sun 10am-–9pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri noon–6pm
  • Average price £9.95 (set lunch); £15 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £9.95
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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One of Scotland's most famous seaside cafés, Nardini's is an ambitious operation with its enormous revived-Deco interior, an ice-cream parlour, Italian bakery and Italian restaurant. In collaboration with Glasgow restaurateur Toni Macaroni since 2011, the ristorante-pizzeria serves stone-baked pizzas, focaccia and Italo-Scottish concoctions such as lasagne verdi all'haddock. The business is also known for Equi of Hamilton ice cream, made in 35 flavours on the premises - an 'ice cream window' allows you to see it being made with your own eyes.

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Established in 1935 and refurbished in 2008 to make the most of its impressive Art Deco design, Nardini’s ice cream parlour and café/restaurant is one of Ayrshire’s – not to mention Scotland’s – most iconic diners. Set on the waterfront in the heart of Largs town centre, a popular holiday spot for day-tripping Glasgow folk for generations, the main selling point is probably still director David Equi’s 32-flavour ice cream menu, although pastry chef Mario Risi’s home-baked Italian cakes and the in-house branch of the connected Tony Macaroni Italian restaurant chain (whose specialities include pizza, pasta, antipasti and focaccia) run it close. For more traditional diners, the café menu includes a good-value fish tea and some inventive ice-cream sundaes, while a live band plays every Friday night.

  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs

Reviews & features

The Ayrshire ice cream trail

20 Mar 2015

Ayrshire brown and white cows help supply the region with fresh ice cream

For an area with such a rich history in dairy farming and production, it’s perhaps little wonder that ice cream making is booming in Ayrshire. You can sample scoops in common and exotic flavours galore up and down the region. In the north west…