12 of the tastiest ice creams to try in Somerset
PUBLISHED: 10:14 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:14 14 August 2018
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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! There’s delicious, homemade ice cream being made in the county and with a little help from our readers, we choose 12 of the best places to enjoy a scoop in Somerset
Where can I find it? You won’t be able to miss the bright and inviting frontage of The Creamery on The Avenue in Minehead. Inside you can expect vintage décor and kitsch furnishings and a huge menu full of delicious dishes including loaded fries, sandwiches and ploughmans – and they’re especially well-known for their desserts.
Flavours? Locals may rave about The Creamery’s delicious, homemade buttermilk scones and all the trimmings but The Creamery also offers an extensive selection of ice cream too, whether you fancy a no-frills scoop in a cone or a decadent ice cream sundae.
Where can I find it? All of the ice cream is made fresh in Rodhuish, Minehead on the Styles farm. Recipes are carefully perfected by Sue Baker in her farmhouse kitchen, using only locally sourced Jersey’s cow milk. Styles can be found in plenty of farm shops across the South West (see all the stockists here), and luckily for Watchet residents, in the town’s marina café.
Flavours? From the classics including rum and raisin and mint choc chip to the more unusual, tiramisu and amaretto biscuits and chocolate orange and Cointreau, there’s plenty to choose from. Ours will be the salted caramel please! Styles also offer sheep’s milk ice cream (lower in calories) and fruity sorbets.
Where can I find it? You’ll be able to find Lovingtons stocked across the country, and it’s particularly revered here in the West Country where it’s concocted and crafted in the sleepy village of Lovington.
Flavours? With over 60 flavours to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to picking your scoop with Lovingtons. Their trusty creamy vanilla always hits the spot, or for something more adventurous, dare to try the bright blue bubblegum flavour.
Where can I find it? Freshly handmade on a family dairy farm, overlooking the gorgeous scenery of the Somerset Levels, Mendip Moments is made using milk and cream from their pedigree herd of Holstein cows. In most cases, the other ingredients are sourced as locally as possible. Keep an eye out for it at a number of farm shops and delis across the county.
Flavours? Enjoying much success since its launch in 2006, Mendip Moments can boast a string of accolades for many of its flavours, including banana with salted caramel, Somerset strawberries and clotted cream and stem ginger.
5. Ice Dreams, Cheddar
Where can I find it? Loved by locals, and the crowds of tourists that flock to Cheddar each year, Ice Dreams can be found on the Cliffs, a short walk away from the Gorge. An ice cream from here is the perfect reward after a walk up Jacob’s Ladder (or if you don’t fancy that climb, don’t worry, you deserve an ice cream from Ice Dreams anyway).
Flavours? Take a deep breath, Ice Dreams has over 80 locally made ice cream flavours, as well as a number of toppings and different cones, to choose from. The staff are super friendly and genuinely love what they do, adding to why people return again and again.
6. Swoon Gelato, Bath and Bristol
Where can I find it? Gelato fans can visit Swoon on the College Green in Bristol or on Kingsmead Square in Bath.
Flavours? Everything is lovingly created by gelato chefs on site, and with the slower churning process, their gelato promises to be creamier than your traditional ice cream (with less calories too). There are eleven flavours to try including the popular pistachio, and five new monthly seasonal flavours.
7. Buffalicious Ice Cream, West Country Water Buffalo
Where can I find it? You can pick up a tub of Buffalicious ice cream at the Buffalicious Farm Shop on Higher Oakley Farm in Chilthorne Domer, Yeovil. Alternatively you can visit them at a number of farmers markets across Somerset – click here to see where they’ll be.
Flavours? Dairy products from their herd of West Country Water Buffalo are the name of the game at Buffalicious including a range of deliciously smooth and creamy ice creams. From the no frills but absolutely tasty, plain, anything but plain, In The Buff to the amaretto buffalo ice cream, Amore Buff.
Where can I find it? Granny Gothards is now distributed across the world – visit the website to find out how you can arrange delivery of their ice cream. Customers in Taunton and Willand in Devon can now use a click and collect service on 01823 491591.
Flavours? Winner of ‘Best Food Product of the Year’ at the Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2016, we’re big fans of a scoop, or three, of Granny Gothards ice cream. Handmade on their farm in the heart of the Somerset levels, Granny Gothards ice creams are made with passion and flair, using milk from their own cows to create a fabulous array of tasty ice cream flavours. There’s something to suit every taste, whether you’re after something fruity, to appease a sweet tooth or fancy something boozy. Butcome Blonde Beer ice cream anyone?
9. The Real Italian Ice Cream Company, Bath
Where can I find it? The Real Italian Ice Cream Company enjoys a prime position in the centre of the city, just a short walk away from the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. It’s open until 10pm daily which is handy if you fancy something sweet after dinner.
Flavours? The family-run gelaterie offers a great range of traditional ice creams, sorbets, crepes and drinks, with plenty of flavours to choose from.
10. PJ’s Ice Cream Parlour, Weston-Super-Mare
Where can I find it? PJ’s can be found pretty much opposite Weston-Super-Mare’s Grand Pier. On a sunny day, order your cone or tub of ice cream to go and enjoy with a view of the beach.
Flavours? There’s a huge array of Marshfield Farm ice cream flavours (over 40 in fact), toppings and sauces to choose from, whether you fancy something simple or a truly decadent treat. We love a double scoop of clotted cream and honeycomb in a waffle cone but we assure you the possibilities are endless – and the elaborate creations keep little ones seriously impressed.
11. Ice n Cold, Brean
Where can I find it? It’s easy to spot the Ice n Cold in the Beachcomber Complex in Brean. The candy-coloured interiors, including bright blue tables, are reminiscent of an old style ice cream parlour and make a charming backdrop for a sundae.
Flavours? The family run ice cream parlour and coffee shop is open daily, offering an extensive menu of locally made Marshfield ice creams, as well as a host of other tasty treats. To satisfy a sweet tooth, go for an indulgent sundae with all the trimmings.
Where can I find it? Brinkmann’s Ice Cream can be found at a number of events across the West Country and founders Christine and Jon Brinkamn are happy to provide ice creams at any venue – they’ll bring their trailer or frosty griddles to you!
Flavours? After seeing two young ladies creating ice cream on a frozen plate in France, Christine and Jon bought that magic back to us in the South West. Brinkmann’s is made using only fresh fruit and a homemade dairy ice cream mix (using Somerset double cream) and cooked on a frozen griddle. Flavours include Mango Madness, Rhubarb and Ginger and Banana Banoffee, and you can pimp your scoop with tasty toppings.