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Top 5 ice cream hotspots in the UK

Our pick of the vans, parlours, farms and labs serving up the best scoops this summer

Top 5 ice cream hotspots in the UK

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It’s not often we get the chance to revel in good weather, but when the sun does make an appearance, it’s our cue to seek out ice cream. In this spirit, the National Farmers’ Union has relaunched its digital ice cream map, highlighting farms that produce ‘real’ British dairy ice cream — many of which will sell it to you on site. But farms aren’t the only place to get your hands on the good stuff — here are five options for those wanting their ice cream fix.

The van: Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, Manchester
Ginger’s dishes up gourmet ice cream from a vintage van in Manchester and beyond; on 1-2 September, catch it at Vintage by the Sea, in Morecombe. Served in a cone, cup or brioche bun, flavours include marmalade on toast and a vegan malted coconut milk.

The parlour: Gelupo, London
Chef Jacob Kenedy’s menu changes constantly, but you can expect off-piste concoctions like saffron and vanilla ice cream, and tomato, basil and chocolate sorbet. This tiny Soho gelateria is open late — so you can stop for a scoop after dinner at sister restaurant Bocca di Lupo, across the road. Pull up a stool, or take your cone for a wander.

The ice creamery: Callestick Farm, Cornwall
Watch flavours being mixed from a viewing platform, then pick up a tub to take home. At this farm and ice creamery in Truro, the ice cream is made using milk from Callestick’s cows, and local fruit. Try the Cornish sea salted caramel, or a sorbet — made with the farm’s spring water.

The lab: Science Cream, Cardiff
Every scoop here is made to order and frozen while you watch, using liquid nitrogen. The point? Because it freezes in seconds, only tiny ice crystals form and the end product comes out silky smooth. Plus clouds of vapour drift off your dessert. On the menu: Heston Blumenthal-inspired flavours such as black coconut charcoal, and bacon and egg.

The farm shop: Brymor, Yorkshire
Brymor, on the edge of the Dales, has been making ice cream from the milk of their Guernsey cows for more than 30 years. Flavours include rhubarb crumble or liquorice and blackcurrant, with tubs available in the farm shop, where you can also buy other local goodies such as meats and cheeses, preserves and teas. Can’t wait ’til you get home? There’s an on-site ice cream parlour too.

Did you know?
Norway consumes more ice cream per capita than any other country, averaging 9.8 litres per person in 2016. Australia comes a close second, with 9.4 litres per person.

Featured in Issue 2 of National Geographic Traveller Food, published with the September 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK).