Whether you’re partial to a 99, a tub of gelato or a decadent sundae, Gloucestershire is home to an array of places to indulge in an ice-cream with a host of utterly delicious treats on offer.
SoGlos has scooped up nine of Gloucestershire’s finest spots to treat yourself, perfect for indulging your sweet tooth this summertime – whether you plump for a classic vanilla, salted caramel or even absinthe flavour!
If you’re looking for an ice-cream parlour with a view make a beeline for Winstones Ice Cream which is perched on the edge of Rodborough Common, a picturesque National Trust site, near Stroud.
The award-winning family-run business has been making ice-cream for more than 100 years and produces a range of 30 real dairy flavours spanning classic vanilla to spiced plum, along with five sorbets, which can be devoured in-situ or bought to take home.
Based in the charming village of Elmore, right on the banks of the River Severn, take a trip to Wholly Gelato for a cone or tub or deliciously local gelato. Handmade on the Hobbs Family farm using milk from the dairy cows on site, visitors have been known to queue right across the car park for a taste of tasty gelato on a summer’s day.
Having only opened in 2018, Wholly Gelato is proving to be one of the most popular ice cream producers in Gloucestershire. It’s also a big hit with kids, who can meet the cows while they enjoy a cone on the farm, and even take away a tub to indulge in at home!
With the motto ‘from cow to cone in 12 hours’ Chedworth Farm’s Cotswold Ice Cream hasn’t travelled far to be transformed into delicious flavours including classic chocolate, lavender, rhubarb, and lemon meringue, along with the innovative and ever so slightly unusual beer concoction.
The ice-cream parlour is situated at Chedworth Farm Shop near Cheltenham, where you can tuck into a scoop or two, a knickerbockerglory or even build your own sundae.
When it comes to unique flavours Harriet’s Jolly Nice is most definitely paving the way with her ice-creams which encompass combinations such as passion fruit curd and torched marshmallow, beetroot and raspberry, and spiced pear stracciatella, while the sorbets span sloe gin and tonic, and absinthe.
The delicious ice-creams are made from the purest ingredients and can be sampled at the Jolly Nice farm shop and café, situated at a former petrol station between Stroud and Cirencester, where they are exclusively sold.
With 24 flavours spanning gelatos, sorbets and frozen yoghurts, Cirencester-based Dolcetti has plenty to tempt you whether you’re a fan of fruity creations or utterly decadent chocolate delights.
The family-run business crafts its artisan gelato from locally sourced ingredients, while a visit to the parlour also offers the chance to observe the production process of the Italian-style ice-cream.
The beautiful Cotswold village of Lower Slaughter is home to The Old Mill, an award-winning gift shop, café and ice-cream parlour where it serves its range of handmade organic flavours in sugar cones or tubs.
Treat yourself to a scoop of wild strawberry, garden mint choc, brown bread, butter crunch or ground coffee, before heading for a stroll along the River Eyre for a truly relaxing summer’s day out.
Head to the Forest of Dean to sample Hillbrooks luxury ice-cream, which is situated on the family-run farm in Kemply where it creates completely natural frozen desserts direct from the milk of its herd of cows.
Call in the farm to stock up on tubs, with flavours such as blackberry and apple, honeycomb, orange and mascarpone, damson, coffee and walnut, and lemon meringue on offer.
Emily Watkins, the award-winning chef proprietor of The Kingham Plough has recently launched her own range of ice-cream after repeated customer requests to produce tubs of the dessert to enjoy at home.
Emily’s Ice Cream is currently available in four flavours including lemon curd and honeycomb; elderflower and raspberry ripple, toffee apple, and strawberry, and can be purchased at The Kingham Plough and Burford Garden Company.
Specialising in indulgent puddings with an impressive selection of gelato and sundaes, Creams Café offers plenty to tempt those with a sweet-tooth at its dessert parlour in Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter.
The menu is brimming with everything from waffles, crepes and cookie dough, through to banana splits, hot fudge sundaes and milkshakes.
There’s a huge range of gelato and sorbet to top off your dessert, or choose a simple tub of 2 (or more) scoops if you’re craving a refreshing sugar hit on a summer’s day.
For a full list of venues to get your ice-cream fix in and around the county, see SoGlos's directory of Gloucestershire ice-cream parlours.
Monday 22 May 2017
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