, Helston, Cornwall
We’ve been known to take on a two hour round trip when the craving for a Roskilly’s ice cream becomes too much. Sold all over Cornwall but you’ll want to check out the ice cream parlour on the farm and agonise over the outrageous flavours. Orange studded with dark chocolate once blew my mind. Ice cream comes from the 125 strong herd of dairy cows who live on this pretty organic farm and all flavours are completely natural and organic wherever possible. You are encouraged to wander around the farm with your ice cream and it’s a perfect place to take young kids. Minghella’s
, Isle of Wight
Sold all over the island, you can’t visit without having a Minghella’s ice. Best of all track down Bill Jackson and his 1960s van which has been selling Minghella’s cornets for 30 years from the top of Brading Down (views right across the island). A family business for 80 years, Minghella’s uses cream and milk from local farms to produce wholesome ice cream that’s pretty much nectar. There’s a crazy number of flavours (230) so alongside the unbeatable trads of vanilla, strawberry and mint choc chip, you’ll find Oriental Ginger with Honey, Strawberry Kulfi Spicecream and Cream Tease (comes with chunk of chocolate coated malt balls) and even Absinthe Sorbet for hedonists. Delicious. Lovington’s
Sold all over Somerset and made in the picturesque village of Lovington, this is knock out ice cream. Think Blackberry, Raspberry Ripple, Blood Orange Sorbet, classic Strawberries and Cream, Chocolate and Honeycombe. One of our favourite places to buy it is the ice cream parlour at the Watch House Café on at West Bay beach near Bridport but you’ll find it all over the West Country. Treleavens
Handmade, local, artisan ice cream with flavours like Ginger Cinammon Crunch, After Eight and Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch alongside Classic Cornish Vanilla. Pure ingredients are everything herte- Treleavens uses milk from nearby Trewithen Dairy and berries from Tamar Fruits and fudge pips and honeycomb from neighbouring sweet factory Bay Tree Candies. Sold in farm shops and cafes right across Cornwall.
Otter Valley Dairy
Sublime ice cream from this dairy farm tucked into the slope of Otter Valley and very close to Monkton on the A303 we think it’s the perfect pre-Cornwall pitstop. The ice creams are made by three generations of the same family and the ingredients are as pure as can be. Fab, imaginative flavours – Lemon Curd, Rice Pudding and Jam, Rhubard & Ginger, Lemon and Lime Meringue. This one goes onto the bucket list. Purbeck Ice Cream
Things can get a little worked up over a shared tub of Purbeck’s Honeycombe Hash or Salted Caramel, trust us we’ve been there. It all began 28 years ago when dairy farmers Peter and Hazel Hartle realised they needed to diversify to survive. Way ahead of the curve they decided to specialise in ice cream made from as few ingredients as possible with their own Purbeck milk and no artificial colours or flavours. Almost three decades later and the ice cream is sold everywhere. They are constantly devising new flavours – this year it’s Sweet Fennel is said to be perfect with white fish, while New Dorset Wasabi goes well with beef. We’ll take their word for it. Marshfield Farm
Marshfield began small back in 1988, a dairy farm just outside Bath diversifying into artisan ice cream. Now it’s sold throughout the West Country and has 28 flavours to choose from. This is gorgeous ice cream – our favourite is Blackcurrants in Clotted Cream, which tastes exactly as it sounds. Heaven basically. Best place to buy? Turnbulls Café in Shaftesbury where there’s an ice cream stall throughout the summer. Widely sold in farm shops and cafes across the SW. Winstones
The Winstones have been making ice cream since Albert and Doris Winston set the company up in 1925 and it shows. A trip to Winstones ice cream parlour will not disappoint – more than 30 flavours to choose from and they do the classics especially well. Think Raspberry Ripple, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Honeycombe Crunch. Everything is local, within a couple of miles from the milk and honey to the fruit and double cream. Look out for the vintage Winstones vans which tour the Cotswolds. Buttercup & Daisy
We love Buttercup and Daisy, a relatively new ice cream business which is made at Briznor Farm just a stone’s throw from Wardour Castle. It’s seriously delicious stuff covering the classics Vanilla, White Chocolate, Mint Choc Flake to the more adventurous Coconut. Rhubarb, Cherry Ripple to the properly outré which we think make the perfect, lo-fi pudding when friends come over – Champagne, Pimm’s, Gin and Tonic, Chilli and Beetroot. You can come up with your own flavour and they’ll make a bespoke ice cream for you. There’s even a Buttercup and Daisy ice cream bike which can be hired for parties.
Baboo Gelato, Dorset
Brand new kid on the block (it launched this year) and we think the artisan ice cream makers to watch out for. Baboo Gelato was set up by Annie Hanbury to make use of the abundance of fruit in her garden – cherries, apples, gooseberries, plums, strawberries and the organic milk of a neighbouring farmer. Annie went to Bologna to train as a gelatiere and now produces exquisite ice cream, sorbet, lollies and chocolate covered ice creams which sells from a converted Piaggio Ape at fairs, festivals and private parties throughout Dorset and Devon. The ice cream also sells in restaurants, hotels and cafes and there’s a website coming soon. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or tel 01308 488629