It’s a scoop! Top ten ice creameries 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.
No, it’s not frivolous – there’s nothing worse than buying your scoop from a bog standard boring Mr Whippy then discovering 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.
The newly made over 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 and 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.
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, there’s a gorgeous new patisserie and parlour halfway down Exmouth’s golden sands, Cafe Patisserie & Glacerie, all decorated in sherbet shades where they make fresh gelato, 16 delicious flavours, including coconut and mango. Check out the viewing window at the back for a glimpse of them at the churner.
Destination kids’ day-trip! Taverner’s Farm is known as the Orange Elephant to locals because of the life-size orange elephant which acts as its signpost in a field on the edge of the Devon Expressway. Hoof it here for piled-high sundaes, cornets, and oodles of toppings, with ice cream all made fresh by farmer Helen on site, which you can scoff in the parlour or on picnic benches al fresco. They can run it off afterwards with a walk across the fields to a rustic meadow and play area.
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.
Got a local favourite we should get on our lick-list? Let us know in the comments below.