A tiny family-run ice cream factory in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Choose a cornet of one of umpteen flavours in the shop, and eat it on the bench outside, peering through the windows at their collection of ice cream vehicle memorabilia. Or take home a tub! Or one of their fantastic ice cream cakes!
Award-winning Treacle Town, with a rich flavour and little marshmallows is particularly good, as are their seasonal fruit flavours and the Christmas Pudding ice cream which appears in winter.
74 Newton Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6RJ, 01625 424391
Simply the best tasting ice-cream in the world!!
Produced by a small dedicated family firm who really know how to make natural ice cream.
Norwich, on a barrow in London Street and in restaurants/cafes/shops in Norfolk.
Apart from those who will only walk on tarmac roads, this island truly caters for all ages. Being a happy urban family, we spent a week here with our 3 kids (then aged 6,9 and 11) and they are begging to go back.
My husband used to love philosophising during the evenings at the tavern after pulling out rhodis all day and then, in our loved up youth, we spent a
very happy time drifting around the many walks and sights of this tiny island.
But our best time was with our kids (no TV or playstation but sadly mobiles do work out there) watching puffins, walking amongst the rocks and having them drag us off in to the Marisco Tavern which greeted them in a truly friendly manner.
The Tavern boasts numerous books and games to amuse
all ages, is welcoming at all hours and there is usually a troubadour or two (with instruments on hand) to provide an up-market karaoke element. Once, we even had a unicycle display around the whole tavern, weaving his way amongst the drinkers and diners. This is an island that provides both peace and quiet when required but also many opportunities for socialising.
We would have no hesitation in going back because, having been on many occasions, it's been a novelty every time. Oh! and the tavern male loo has one of the best views in the whole of the country!
The best ice cream ever is to be found served at the Captain's Table in Woodbridge. Pascal, the chef/owner, churns out his own, and will also sell by the tub. It's unfair to single out the honeycomb and lemon curd flavours because the others are all so good too!
Runner-up is Suffolk Meadow Ice cream, sold at various outlets, farm shops and farmers markets in Suffolk - it's made on a farm in Rendham and sold by members of the family (say hello to George - the most cheerful ice cream seller I've ever met!).
Honourable mention to the ice cream parlour at Aldeburgh - the only problem is that its 60 flavours make choosing a nightmare.
The Captain's Table, Quay Street, Woodbridge.
Suffolk Meadow ice cream - available throughout Suffolk.
Aldeburgh ice cream parlour, High Street, Aldeburgh.
If you want an authentic experience as to what it was like to live in a 19th century railway community, look no further than a walk around Swindon's railway village.
Arriving appropriately by train, turn right out of the station's main entrance, and in a few minutes you'll be amongst the distinctive architecture of the railway village.
Stroll through the individual streets that were named after locomotives that passed through Swindon, and get a feel for the type of habitat that many of the railway workers dwelt in.
The turreted building is where the town's railway museum used to be housed, and next door to this, you can visit a railway cottage as it used to be in Brunel’s day, and get a feel for how things were for a typical railway worker's family.
In need of refreshment? You'll come across three pubs in the Emlyn square area of the village. I can personally vouch for the Gluepot, a fine selection of real ales along with a bowl of their chilli or cheesy chips will go down a treat.
Make your way to the pleasant open space of Faringdon Park, and then visit St. Mark's church with the modern railway running at the back.
The railway village is a real oasis of tranquillity, in contrast to the busy town centre. In early spring, daffodils and primroses are abundant.
Make your way back along Church Place and Bristol Street. You'll see a sign for Steam, where the railway museum has relocated. You also have the option of shopping at Swindon's designer outlet village, which has tastefully incorporated railway memorabilia into their malls.
As you walk along the underpass, spare a thought for former poet laureate Sir John Betjeman. In the 1960s, he successfully campaigned to save Swindon's railway village from redevelopment. Well played Sir John!
Seriously good ice cream made from sheep's milk from their own herd and fruit from local growers. Buy a cone and eat it sitting on the grass in the "honesty" bookshop under the castle.
9 High Town, Hay-on-Wye
Tel: 01981 550716 www.shepherdsicecream.co.uk
I know it's a naff choice but honestly the ice cream there is worth the visit. These Italian guys run it and you can request a flavour you want in advance and they'll prepare it for you. Last time I went I tried blood orange sorbet which was amazing!
Harrod's, London. Knightsbridge Tube Station
This is a great new Italian restaurant in Clifton Village. As a small independent restaurant it offers a seasonal menu.The owner/head chef is from Veneto the northeast region of Italy and this forms the flavour of the menu. Having only opened Nov (06) it has had many favourable reviews. Metro four stars
0117 973 4499
It is a cafe, surprisingly enough, but the traditional-style ice cream is the best I have ever tasted. If you are in the Glasgow or Ayrshire area it is well worth the journey.
Esplanade, Greenock, near the Ocean Terminal where if you are lucky you might see a cruise liner (www.inverclydenow.com/news-shipping.asp)
The first Cadwalader's ice cream parlour is in Criccieth. I remember queuing up for the delicious ice cream when I was a little girl, and the shop is still there, now with a much bigger range of flavours (Dragon's Breath?). Pick up a cornet as you walk up the hill from the beach to the castle.
Address: Castle Street, Criccieth, LL52 0SB
Tel: 01766 523665
A groovy newsagents that hasn't been decorated since the 70s complete with 3D wall paper.
They are famous in Belfast for their original Italian recipe ice cream. It only comes in one flavour and you can buy cones, tubs, oysters and sliders. Ice creamalicous.
9 Atlantic Avenue, Antrim Road, Belfast, BT15 2HN, 028 9074 5344
Authentic clotted cream ice cream. Produced by small local family business dating back to the mid 1930s. Only serve vanilla from the vans (no diversification necessary). Vans can be found on Ilfracombe Seafront, Bideford Quay, Appledore Quay, Torrington Commons, and Westward Ho! Seafront. Fantastic!
Hockings Dairy Cream Ices
The Icecream Factory
Brymoor ice cream is made in Jervaulx in Wensleydale. They only use milk from their own herd of pedigree Guernsey cows. You can either buy ice cream from the parlour at the farm itself or you will find it stocked in various local shops and supermarkets. It is a local favourite for very good reasons.
A.B. Moore Farmers Ltd
High Jervaulx Farm
Tel: 01677 460337
Open daily 10am-6pm
Visocchi's is an institution in Dundee. The ice cream here (from an Italian family, naturally) is so good that locals will eat it in the height of winter, and there are queues outside when it's warm and sunny.
The restaurant is also first-rate, and they only shut when Italy are playing in the World Cup final.
40 Gray St,
Ripley Ice Cream is lovely. Not only is it the best, the height of ice cream you get in a cone seems gravity defying!!!
You get a choice of two freshly blended flavours a day (or you can have half and half - which is the best) and they taste amazing. They often have some really nice fruity frozen yoghurt flavours. The people who own the place are brilliant and there is nothing more satisfying on a sunny day that mooching around Ripley castle courtyard with a cone in hand.
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