From zesty sorbets to decadent sundaes, discover Britain's best ice cream with our pick of the parlours you shouldn't miss
Only the finest seasonal ingredients and organic Jersey milk (pasteurised on the premises) make their way into a Snowflake gelato, making for a smooth, rich, heavenly ice cream. Flavours range from old favourites, such as strawberry cheesecake and honeycomb crunch, to a new array of refreshing sorbets that includes blood orange and lime. For more details, see www.snowflakegelato.co.uk
At Roskilly’s, you can watch the herd of Jersey cows graze peacefully in the fields, then head to the farm’s ice cream parlour to taste the fabulous ice cream made with their milk. All the sauces and toppings are also made on the premises for extra fabulous freshness. For more details, see www.roskillys.co.uk.
Antonio Parisi makes delicious artisanal gelato by hand using Jersey milk and cream which he pasteurises on the premises to keep freshness intact. Flavours change with the seasons – Antonio uses fresh ingredients – and range from fabulous, traditional vanilla to the zingy, innovative honey, rosemary and orange zest and the delicious Bellini sorbet, packed full with peach and prosecco. For more details, see www.lagelatiera.co.uk.
Morelli’s ice cream started with a bicycle – the one that Italian immigrant Giuseppe Morelli used to sell his freshly made ‘ices’ in 1907. Since then, the company has opened stores in ten different countries while remaining faithful to its roots. The Broadstairs parlour, opened by Giuseppe’s son, Mario, in 1932, is still going strong, with its retro decor of formica tops, pink leatherette booths and juke box. Among the many flavours on offer there are the smooth caramel, zing wild berry and scrumptious nocciola, made with Italian hazelnuts. For more details, see www.morellisgelato.com.
The best ice cream makers on the Isle of White have a parlour at Brown’s Family Golf, by the Isle of White Zoo, in Sandown, but you can find their fabulous ice creams elsewhere on the island too – don’t miss Bill Jackson’s Minghella Ice Cream Van in Brading Down. The range of flavours is enormous, from the classic, award-winning Crushed Strawberries and Cream through the decadent Pear, Mascarpone and Pinenuts to the fresh, aromatic Mango sorbet, made with the prized Alphonso mangoes. For more details, see www.minghella.co.uk.
Strong, intense flavours and a dense texture set Gelupo’s ice cream apart. The shop’s vast range spans from zingy raspberries through an indulgent chocolate sorbet to the unusual ricotta and sour cherry. Even better, Gelupo has just launched a range of low-fat, low-sugar, high-protein, guilt-free ice cream in peanut butter, banana, strawberry, vanilla and chocolate flavours, as well as delicious summer sorbets including beetroot, carrot, & ginger and orange, carrot & lemon. For more details, see www.gelupo.com.
Rich, creamy textures and long, intense flavours make Danieli the ultimate ice cream treat. Try the dairy-free chocolate sorbet for decadent chocolatey bliss, crema antica for a different take on custard (cherry’s mixed in) or pistachio, fig and mandarin for an unusual, palate-tickling combination. For more details, see www.gelateriadanieli.com.