9 of Gloucestershire's tastiest ice creams

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Gloucestershire's best ice-cream – with nine places to indulge on SoGlos's super cool hot list.

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 9 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!


1. Winstones Ice Cream

If you’re looking for an ice-cream parlour with a view, make a beeline for Winstones Ice Cream 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.


2. Wholly Gelato

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 of 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 its gelato on a summer’s day.

Having 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.


3. The Ice Cream Cottage

After recently celebrating its first birthday, Tewkesbury’s desert and ice cream takeaway serves a range of delightful soft-serve trays and sundaes in flavours such as doughnut delight, rainbow fun, chocolate heaven and Jammie Dodgers.

Open Wednesday through to Sunday, the Cotswold Ice Cream Cottage is the perfect place to treat the family on a sunny day! What’s more, it also offers a great range of vegan and gluten free options too, so there’s something to please everybody.


4. Harriet's Jolly Nice

When it comes to unique flavours, Harriet’s Jolly Nice is most definitely paving the way with her ice creams, with 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 even 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.


5. Dolcetti

With 24 flavours spanning gelato, sorbet and frozen yoghurt, 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.


6. The Old Mill

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The beautiful Cotswold village of Lower Slaughter is home to The Old Mill, an award-winning gift shop, café and ice cream parlour which 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.


7. Hillbrooks

Head to the Forest of Dean to sample Hillbrooks luxury ice cream. Situated on the family-run farm in Kemply, Hillbrooks creates completely natural frozen desserts using milk from its very own 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.


8. Oh My Goat

Launched in early 2020, Oh My Goat specialises in goats milk gelato made with premium milk, fresh from its very own happy and healthy goat herd.

The ice cream company based in Mitcheldean offers a delicious range of flavours such as honeycomb; banana pecan; salted caramel brownie; and strawberry – made from locally grown berries. Specials vary throughout the year so you’re sure to want to keep coming back – with tubs available to take home every Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 4pm.


9. Creams Cafe

Specialising in indulgent puddings with an impressive selection of gelato and sundaes on offer, 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 for a refreshing treat on a summer’s day.


By Zoe Gater


© SoGlos
Monday 07 June 2021

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