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.
Rossi's has a long tradition in Southend, making top quality ice creams for locals and tourists alike. Recently bought out by new management but hopefully the quality of the ice cream won't be affected. Available in restaurants as well as their own seafront store, and a fleet of traditional ice cream vans.
Almost anywhere in Southend.
Notorianni's is an old-fashioned ice cream parlour in South Shore Blackpool. It certainly isn't fancy, and the American 50's style decor is only like that because they've never updated it.
Oh, and they do one flavour, vanilla, but what a vanilla it is. The texture and flavour is unlike any other, and I have so many childhood memories of going there.
And if it's luxurious triple-fudge, pecan middle-class swirl you want, you can always go to Tesco and buy some Haagen-Dazs.
Waterloo Road, South Shore, Blackpool, Lancs FY4
Luca's is one of the best ice cream restaurants in Britain and has almost 100 years of history to prove it.
In cornets, you get a choice of vanilla, strawberry or chocolate - none of the fancy flavours as all their expertise goes into making these just wonderful (you can get tubs of different flavours). Soft and creamy, they're popular all year round. And in winter in Musselburgh, that's saying something.
32 - 38 High Street,
Tel 0131 665 2237
Quite possibly the richest, tastiest ice cream in the UK. Hocking's make vanilla ice cream to a generations old family recipe, believed to include clotted cream.
I was first introduced to it by my former grandfather-in-law who, so beloved of this local delicacy, would offer to get you some, only to return with a teaspoons-worth in a bowl. He, nor I, never tired of this joke.
At a time of nanny-state dictats, treat yourself to an indulgent bowl of Hocking's ice cream. And to be really naughty, eat it like the north Devonians do, with a splodge of clotted cream on top.
It can only be bought from the company's vans at the following locations - Ilfracombe Seafront, Bideford Quay, Appledore Quay, Torrington Commons and Westward Ho! Seafront - and I'm pretty sure they're only there through the summer months.
A funked-up glass restaurant on the sea front in Swansea, Wales, run by Italians with Welsh accents and with home-made concoctions like tiramisu and pistachio flavour ice-creams.
This is the most beautiful, friendly, chilled-out place to relax and the staff are young, friendly, and attractive with a startling consistency - moody dark Italians mix with cheerful Welsh blondes as the cherry on top, though, of course, there are many cherries in the ice cream, should you wish.
A favourite among families, sundae-sharing couples and grannies treating themselves, a summer sundae there is divine, and the city lights shimmering over the sea at night make the old city look more magical than it looks close up, that's for sure!
Knab Rock, Mumbles, Swansea, Wales, SA3 4EN
tel +44 (01792) 369 135
Rossi's ice cream is the best in Essex, and has been since my childhood nearly 40 years ago. Authentic Italian ice cream, with a delicious creamy flavour and consistency.
Rossi Ice Cream Parlour
Westcliff, 12-14 Western Esplanade
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1EE
Tel: 01702 348 376
It's a farm. There are loads of delicious creamy flavours. You can see the cows being milked. There's a wacky mailing list. They have little plastic spoons in all the colours of the rainbow and then some.
Drive from Helston on to the Lizard. Some way past the turn for Mullion you take a right then a sharp left. (Take a map with you : it's late at night right now .. & I'm in Amersham.)
On a hot summer's day on the coast of a small town in Kent, your ice cream fantasy (well, one of them) can be fulfilled!
Rio's Ice Cream operates from an ice cream van. And she works at the seafront outside the Hotel Imperial.
Not only does Rio serve up the best ice cream, she is friendly, courteous and patient (I often take my clients with learning disabilities to see her).
The view can be outstanding. Look across the Channel to France; watch the locals fish for mackerel from the rocks; take a walk up the Prince's Parade promenade; or sit in your car in the nearby car park and watch the walkers, cyclists, roller bladers, and dog walkers go by while you enjoy a double coned ice cream for £1 - not bad for Kent!
Hythe is just west of Folkestone on the A259.
Almost a day out in itself! My favourite part is the ice cream parlour with its long list of flavours, plus frozen yoghurt. I also recommend the restaurant and the farm-made juices, pickles, mustards etc. There's plenty for children to see, with wildlife watching, ponds and milking. Self catering on site, and the whole place is organic!
Tregellast Barton, St. Keverne, Helston, Cornwall TR12 6NX
Tel. 01326 280479
A wonderful ice cream parlour in the Yorkshire Dales next to its own farm, with ample car parking. Lots of flavours to suit all tastes, plus cheesecakes and sorbets. Take-home also available. Closed only on Dec 25th and 26th.
High Jervaulx Farm, Masham, N. Yorks.
HG4 4PG Tel. 01677 460337
Not all great ice cream parlours are Italian. This dairy-farm-come-ice-cream-parlour, just a cornet’s throw away from the coastline of the Lizard.
It serves some of the most flavoursome ice cream in the south west, made using the rich organic milk and cream of the farm’s Jersey herd. The onsite ice cream parlour offers 24 artisan flavours, such as gooseberry, trifle, boysenberry, passionfruit and Cornish clotted cream.
Visitors can watch the cows being milked from a viewing gallery on the farm in the late afternoon.
St Keverne, Cornwall.
Tel: 01326 280479.
Open: 10am – 6.30pm daily.
The Alonzi family’s Harbour Bar (opened 1945) is a gleaming, glamorous time capsule from post-war America mislaid among the Victorian boarding houses of North Yorkshire.
Mirrored walls feature neon ice-cream cones and signs with the dubious advice: “Keep fit by eating ice cream every day.”
Patrons sit on red leather banquettes or on high stools at the half-moon, chrome-edged counter. Ice creams are mainly traditional – vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, banana, and lemon and blackcurrant sorbets – made from natural ingredients including Scottish seaweed instead of gelatine.
The café is a meeting place for everyone from local fishermen to playwright Alan Ayckbourne and Michael Winner, a big fan since filming scenes for A Chorus of Disapproval there.
1-2 Sandside, Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Tel: 01723 373662. Open: 7.30am - 6pm, daily.
Cafes don’t come more swellegant than Brucciani’s, a shrine for lovers of art deco as well as gelato. Opened in 1939, the shop has earned Grade II listed status for its immaculately preserved oak panelling, pink mirrors etched with Italian scenes, chrome window frames and Bakelite fittings. Bruno and Gloria Brucciani have been running the business for nearly 50 years, and still bustle around the premises dusting, polishing and serving up their classic confections.
Ice creams are mostly traditional flavours – strawberry, pistachio, lemon, toffee crunch – and sundaes are simple but excellent standards, including peach melba, chocolate nut sundae, fruit sundae. The coffee is famous, but you can also live it up with a Bovril or a glass of sarsaparilla.
The location is superb: sit at a formica-topped table in the front and you can gaze over the whipped peaks of your sundae towards the shadowy hills of the Lake District.
217 Marine Parade, Morecambe, Lancashire. Tel: 01524 421386. Open: 10am – 5pm, daily.
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