5 of the best ice creams from Cheshire

PUBLISHED: 12:58 12 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:43 13 June 2016

Cheshire ice cream farm

Cheshire ice cream farm

Laurence Hudghton Photography

There's no better place than Cheshire to sample the delights of an ice cream on a hot day, writes Janet Reeder

Daresbury Ice Cream

The lowdown
Says Claire Whitlow: ‘We are a family run farm ice cream producer. All our ice cream is created using milk from our family’s dairy cows and is lovingly made in small artisan batches. We use only  the finest ingredients in our ice cream. 

Number of flavours?
We always have at least 12 different flavours on offer in our shop for our customers to choose from but the range of flavours we produce is actually in excess of 35.
These range from the traditional flavours such as vanilla, through to more innovative options including jaffa cake, lemon cheesecake, rhubarb and custard and our pink lemonade sorbet.

Bestseller?
I would say our most popular flavours are honeycomb or chocolate. We have recently won the Bronze Award in the chocolate class at the National Ice Cream Alliance Competition in 2016 and we are very proud of it.

Celebrity scoop?
I’m sure we do have one or two famous fans but we try to treat all our customers as VIPs!

Daresbury Dairy, Penkridge Lake Farm,Newton Lane, Daresbury, WA4 4HZ www.daresburydairy.co.uk

 

Snugburys

The lowdown
It’s our 30th anniversary this year,’ says Hannah Goodwin, who with sisters Kitty and Cleo Saddler now runs the business, set up by parents Chris and Cheryl Saddler.
‘It was started by Chris and we still manufacture the ice cream at the farm to this day, although now we run the day-to-day stuff.’
Over 200,000 people now visit the Snugburys ice cream shop each year to eat the famously BIG ice cream cones or take some tubs home with them.

Number of flavours?
Around 40.

Bestseller?
‘Probably honeycomb, or our chocolate brownie ice cream. We make the chocolate brownie on site and it’s all mixed into our ice cream’.

Celebrity scoop?
Fans include Zara Phillips, Pete Waterman, Gareth Gates and Noel Gallagher. ‘We go to a lot of outside events so we get a lot of people at festivals eating our ice cream’.

Park Farm, Hurleston, CW5 6BU 01270 624830 www.snugburys.co.uk

 

 

Seven Sisters

The lowdown
Bec and Rob Bell opened Seven Sisters farm  in May 2011 on the main A50 route from Knutsford to Holmes Chapel where visitors can take in the  views of the rolling Cheshire countryside from its ice cream parlour.
All of the ice cream is made on the farm using milk from the herd of pedigree Holstein Friesians ( the supermodels of the cow world ) and there is always a selection of fruit ice (sorbets) which are fat-free, dairy-free, lactose-free and gluten-free. They use seasonal and locally sourced ingredients which are what makes their posh ice cream very special.

Number of flavours?
16

Bestseller?
‘Oreo cheesecake and blood orange for the dairy-free - and we do a popping candy for children which is also popular.’ says Bec.

Celebrity scoop?
Harry Styles, Bobby Charlton, children’s TV presenters Sam and Mark, as well as Coronation Steet stars, footballers and rugby players.

Holmes Chapel Rd, Knutsford WA16 9ER 01565 723813 www.sevensistersfarm.co.uk

 

 

Cheshire Farm Ice Cream

The lowdown
The Fell family has been creating award-winning Cheshire Farm Ice Cream for nearly 30 years. As the business started to grow, people would visit the farm in order to buy the delicious ice cream and with growing numbers, The Ice Cream Farm tourist attraction was born. The site, which sits adjacent to the Cheshire Farm Ice Cream production unit that supplies over 1000 pubs, restaurants and retail units throughout the UK, has expanded dramatically with time and currently attracts over half a million visitors a year.
These huge visitor numbers makes it the most visited ‘free to enter’ attraction of its kind in the North West.  In addition to all of this, the site, which has recently had a £4 million redevelopment, is considered to contain the world’s largest purpose-built ice cream parlour and Europe’s largest sand and water play.

Number of flavours?
Around 50.

Best Seller?
Honeycomb is a good seller but  the best-seller for 2015 was bubblegum.

Celebrity scoop?
Fans Coleen and Wayne Rooney have visited the farm, Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace loves their Sticky Toffee Pudding flavour and Natasha Hamilton was a recent visitor with her children.

The Ice Cream farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall 0800 133 7000 www.TheIceCreamFarm.co.uk

 

Great Budworth Real Dairy Ice Cream

The lowdown
The Ice Cream Farm was set up by June Wilkinson in 1994, at New Westage Farm on the edge of the idyllic village of Great Budworth and is now run by June, daughter, Sarah, and sister-in-law Rachel Wilkinson.
The dairy farm’s herd of Friesian cows produces the milk and Rachel says it is the  fact that people can buy the ice cream and sit in the garden close to where it was produced that makes it really special.
Their real dairy ice cream is made on site in the dairy  each morning and there’s a tearoom  where customers can enjoy a cone of ice cream or indulge in a home-made slice of cake.

Number of flavours?
Around 18.

Best seller?
‘It’s still vanilla,’ says Rachel. ‘It’s the flavour tiny tots start on and is still a great favourite, although people also love more grown-up flavours such as rum and raisin and marzipan.’

Celebrity scoop?
Their fans include Harry Styles, HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex (she has eaten it twice at the Cheshire County Show), Chancellor George Osborne and several actors from Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

New Westage Farm, Great Budworth, Northwich, CW9 6ND www.icecreamfarm.co.uk

 

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

The Real Fruit Creamery
The Real Fruit Creamery in Knutsford make their ice cream on site with seasonal fruit and have regular specials such as Morello Cherry drizzle and Amalfi Lemon Curd Ripple. For those who prefer a more indulgent and richer flavour, they also have Salted Caramel, Cocumut and Ginger and Intense Chocolate on the menu.
1 Malt Street, Knutsford, Cheshire East WA16 6ES
therealfruitcreamery.co.uk

Scoop Ice Cream Café
A little less rural than the other suggestions, Scoop Ice Cream Cafe is located in the Golden Square shopping mall in Warrington, so it’s a handy stopping point after a day of shopping. They serve ice cream made fresh in store everyday with milkshakes and smoothies on the menu if you’re just too busy to stop shopping.
15 The Mall, Golden Square, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1QE; 01925 577 007 www.scoopicecream.com

Teresa’s Ice Cream Parlour
Based in Oatmarket in Nantwich, Teresa’s Ice Cream Parlour serves the locals favourite Italian style gelato along with waffles, pancakes, milkshake, cakes, pastries and a variety of hot drinks. There are some extremely intriguing flavours on the menu including: Bakewell Tarte, Jaffa Cake, Gingerbread Men and Pink Grapefuit sorbet.
1 Oatmarket, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5AL; 01270 619234 www.teresasicecreamparlour.co.uk



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