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Five top places to buy ice cream in England

Where do you go for the best ice cream? Whether they're producing off-piste creamy concoctions like marmalade on toast or indulgent vegan scoops, we round up five favourite places to buy the good stuff in England.

Published 10 Aug 2018, 20:00 BST, Updated 14 Jul 2021, 16:42 BST
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From traditional dairy ice cream to the eclectic flavours found in gelaterias, we choose five of our favourite places to buy ice cream in England.

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It's not often we get the chance to revel in hot and sunny weather, but when the mercury rises, it's our cue to seek out ice cream. But where do you go for the tastiest scoops? A good port of call is the National Farmers' Union's digital ice cream map, which highlights the farms that produce 'real' British dairy ice cream — many of which will sell it to you on site. Farms aren't the only place to get your hands on the good stuff, though. Below, we've listed five of our favourite places to buy ice cream in England.

Ginger's Comfort Emporium, Manchester

Ginger's dishes up gourmet ice cream from a vintage van in Manchester and beyond; between March and October, catch it at a range of events and festivals. Served in a cone, cup or brioche bun, flavours include marmalade on toast and a vegan malted coconut milk.

Gelupo, London

Chef Jacob Kenedy's menu changes constantly, but you can expect off-piste concoctions at Gelupo 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.

Callestick Farm, Cornwall

Watch flavours being mixed from a viewing platform, then pick up a tub to take home. At Callestick Farm, a 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.

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.

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

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