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It’s a scoop! Top 10 ice cream parlours in Devon

Yep, we've got this one licked! Muddy has left no cone unturned with our delicious guide to the best local ice-cream parlours in the county.

Three scoops are better than one.

No, it’s not frivolous! There’s nothing worse than buying your scoop from a bog-standard, boring Mr Whippy only to discover there’s a fantastic parlour making the creamiest, tastiest, home-madiest ices just around the corner (although I suppose it’s an excuse to have two). Anyway, we’ve tried them ALL – here’s where to get your ice cream fix when you’re out and about in Devon.


Ask any Ashburtonite where to get your ice-cream fix and they’ll usher you down the end of St Lawrence Lane to Creamo’s. It’s one of those hidden gems which opens its doors every few days and sells the homemade tubs and cones out the front of the shop. Muddy has scooped up a fair few of their ice creams and sorbets, including unusual flavours with fennel and herbs. Amazing! On weekends they often sell doughnuts and pastries too. (Closed Easter Sunday and Monday).


The oh-so, pretty-in-pink parlour, Scoops on Fore Street is your go-to. They do over 50 flavours with new ones always coming through to keep the locals happy. Triple scoop Biscoff/Honeycomb and Chocolate, anyone?


We love, love, LOVE Delphini’s! Don’t you ever dare go past without trying the homemade gelato from this teeny-tiny indie parlour on the High Street. Made daily with organic milk and cream, and they do proper Italian coffees to fix the brain freeze. BTW gelato has less fat in it so it’s less calorific – another good excuse.


Swerve the booths on the beachfront and head to Cherry on Top, just left of the bowling green on The Den. They do Yarde Farm, made in Plympton, including what-every-child-wants, Blue Bubblegum, brilliant for turning your tongue azure. Muddy’s favourite? Marshmallow Mudslide (or is it Raspberry Pavlova or no! Blackcurrants & Clotted Cream?) More intensive studying needed.


We’ve never met a North Devon’er who doesn’t love the family-run Hockings. Look out for the old-fashioned vans (they’ve been making it since the 1930s) parked up on the front at Appledore, Bideford, Instow Quay, Ilfracombe and Torrington and order yourself a large one – three scoops and a flake in a triple cone. That’s 359 cals but who’s counting?


This one’s easy, it’s the oldest ice cream parlour in the harbour town, The Good Intent as what better intent can there be than to hop off the lower ferry and go straight for a cream tea-themed ice cream, complete with strawberries, clotted cream and pieces of scone? If you want to be really naughty, buy some homemade fudge and a takeaway cream tea too.


As if the name alone isn’t enough to warrant a visit (Gay’s Creamery once got name-checked on The Graham Norton Show) this pasty shop and parlour on the Brunswick creates the hugest medleys of vanilla and clotted cream you are likely to see. I mean if you’re going to have a coronary, this is the way to go, scoffing ice cream while looking at the coastal town’s famous black swans.

Just across the road on Piermont Place is the brilliant new The Local Scoop, run by Jack and Emma who make all of their ice cream daily on site, and serve it up in yes, cones obvs, but also freshly made shakes and frappes. And look! Ice-cream stuffed Easter eggs, yes really!


You will find Salcombe Dairy ice cream and chocolate for that matter, all over Devon and indeed the UK, but where better to feast on a Peppermint Chocolate Flake or ooh, a Banana Ice their salubrious home town? Too rude not to.


Ooh la-la, this gorgeous patisserie and parlour halfway down Exmouth’s golden sands, Cafe Patisserie & Glacerie, celebrates its 1st birthday this month – and if that’s not an excuse to have a cake with your cone, then what is?? The shop matches their sweet treats, prettily decorated out in sherbet shades, and good for your ‘gram. Check out the viewing window at the back for a glimpse of them at the churner, making fresh gelato in 16 delicious flavours, including coconut and mango.


Sea buckthorn gelato take your fancy, or how about Strawberry & Balsamic Vinegar? If you’re after something really offbeat – any totally delicious – head to Otter Valley Field Kitchen, a fourth generation dairy farm that started selling gelato from a small shack ten years ago and has blossomed into an oak-beamed kitchen with amazing views over Otter Valley. How’s this for the perfect Easter Sundae?


New on the list for 2022, and (yes that does makes 11 not 10 but Muddy can’t count) and here by popular demand as the good folks of Sidmouth will clobber me if I don’t include it (see comments) – Taste of Sidmouth, for made-on-the-premises gelato. Lots of vegan flavours, and some for the pooch. Hmmm, and that Ferrero Rocher one has caught our eye. Saddle up, I’m on my way!

Got a local favourite we should get on our lick-list? Let us know in the comments below.

Updated April 2022, sadly we’ve taken out The Orange Elephant as the owners have closed for the foreseeable future due to, unbelievably, the threat of a landfill site being built nearby.

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10 comments on “It’s a scoop! Top 10 ice cream parlours in Devon”

  • Maggi May 10, 2022

    Barzotelli’s Gelato in North Tawton should definitely be included here. A tiny little hole in the wall, but the gelato is absolutely FIRST RATE — easily some of the most exquisitely delicious gelato to be tasted anywhere in the world — super creative and lush flavours, too.

    • lisabuckland May 16, 2022

      Ooh, thank you, looks like a great find.

  • Zoe April 17, 2022

    Surfing Cow should definitely be on this list! Artisan gelato made on the farm with milk from the cows! Based near Mothecombe beach.

  • Charlotte September 6, 2021

    Think you’ve missed one! Creamo’s in Ashburton. The flavours are incredibly unusual and amazing!

  • Margaret Jenkins September 1, 2021

    We used to live in Starcross and used to go to the Orange Elephant (for non locals an Orange Elephant is a breed of cattle) a lot. The problem with that part of the world is that you are spoilt for choice, there is no such thing as a bad ice cream down there

  • Carmen Tse August 29, 2021

    Scoopz in the Preston area of Paignton – cure little shop with pink and white stripe decor with a decent array of ice creams, vegan ice cream and desserts – think warm cookie dough, waffles, pancakes, too many good things to list! I’m drooling at the thought of it all. If you need a review doing, I’m happy to do a guest one!!!

  • Jaime Hounsell August 24, 2021

    I completely agree with David Nash, Taste or Sidmouth should definitely be on this list!

  • David Nash August 17, 2021

    I’ve sampled four of the above and good though they are “ The Taste of Sidmouth” beats them all and they have the most generous portions too. 🍧🍦😋

  • Liz August 17, 2021

    Hi Muddy! Don’t forget the two iconic Hockings’ vans in Westward Ho!

  • Denise Jones August 17, 2021

    Creamo’s in Ashburton has fabulous home-made ice cream in amazing flavours. Customers are always asked what they think and about flavours they’d like to see offered. Their pastries are delicious too. Add fantastic coffee and you’ve got heaven.


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