A new dessert shop has opened in Darwen and it is receiving rave reviews, despite only being open for a few weeks.

Dolce Vita, in Railway Road, mainly sells a range of desserts, including cakes, pancakes, doughnuts, waffles and beyond.

It also sells some ‘old school’ classic puddings such as jam roly poly, chocolate cake with mint custard, and apple crumble.

Lancashire Telegraph: Look inside Dolce Vita in DarwenLook inside Dolce Vita in Darwen (Image: Ahmed Akhtar)

Hot drinks, iced coffees, smoothies, milkshakes, and mocktails are also sold to wash down the sweet treats.

Blackburn businessman Ahmed Akhtar owns the business, which opened at the end of May.

Ahmed, 30, said he feels his new venture fills a gap in the market that Darwen was lacking.

Lancashire Telegraph: Food at Dolce Vita in DarwenFood at Dolce Vita in Darwen (Image: Ahmed Akhtar)

He said: “I felt like Darwen was in need of a place like this, where people can dine in and indulge in delicious freshly prepared desserts and drinks in a calm, relaxed atmosphere.

“I have worked within the fast food industry in the past but I did not want to open a fast food restaurant as there are far too many in the town.

“We opened our doors on May 20 and since then we have been extremely busy serving the people of Darwen and beyond.

“We offer takeout, eat-in or delivery service.”

The business has only been open for a matter of weeks but already it is receiving rave reviews from customers, with an average five-star rating across all platforms.

Lancashire Telegraph: Ahmed Akhtar, owner of Dolce Vita in DarwenAhmed Akhtar, owner of Dolce Vita in Darwen (Image: Ahmed Akhtar)

One Google reviewer said: “You will not be disappointed with the dessert and mocktail selection. It was very tasty, I highly recommend to all.”

A JustEat customer described the food as “unreal”.

She said: “This was our first time ordering from here and we will certainly be ordering again!

“The desserts were unreal and piping hot when arrived, tasted delicious and we were also given two free slushes!

Lancashire Telegraph: Food at Dolce Vita in Darwen Food at Dolce Vita in Darwen (Image: Ahmed Akhtar)

“Thank you so much we will be ordering again… best dessert place I’ve been to.”

Another said:” Ordered the chocolate pudding with mint custard, it was delicious and we even had some drinks thrown in for free. Will definitely order again.”