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Yorkshire ice cream takes some licking, says afficionado Tony Greenway
The print version of this article appeared in the July 2012 issue of Yorkshire Life
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I consider myself to be something of an ice cream expert. Dont get me wrong. I have no training in ice cream manufacture and couldnt even list the ingredients that go into its production.
But I do know a lot about eating ice cream mainly because I have two children who are pretty much fuelled by the stuff. They dont care, incidentally, what the weather is doing. Theyd queue up for a raspberry ripple and a mint choc chip in a force nine gale. If they were allowed (and theyre not, before you start sending in letters or if Social Services are reading this), theyd eat it every day.
Of course, this being the case, Ive tucked away quite a bit myself over the years and have some favourite Yorkshire-based ice cream parlours and producers. With that in mind, here are this months six of the best nominations for Yorkshire ice cream excellence.
The Harbour Bar, Scarborough
Its not just the ice cream (made on the premises) thats wonderful. The dcor all sunbursts, mirrors, red leather and neon is great. In fact, when you step through the door, you whizz back in time to a 1950s milk bar thats so good its become a long-time favourite with the national press. The Harbour Bar is the home of the Alonzi family, who have been making ice cream in Scarborough since the turn of the 20th century and opened this particular venue in 1945. Should you be visiting here for the first time I have two words for you: Knickerbocker Glory. Much to enjoy.
Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream
Three generations of ice cream experience go into this tasty business based near Bolton Abbey. This is extra-special ice cream with a twist because, at Yorkshire Dales Ice Creams Bolton Abbey farm, theres also an American-style parlour/diner, serving traditional US breakfasts, hot dogs, burgers and, of course, ice creams and milkshakes.
Luxury Ice Cream Company
I only discovered this one the other month; but, whoo, its good. Luxury Ice Cream Company or LICC, for short is a parlour that opened in 2010, tucked away on the street parallel to Yorks Stonegate (the less-than-attractive sounding Back Swinegate). The shop is a dapper delight, with old-fashioned style sweets on display, vintage-looking signs and helpful, friendly staff. LICC currently makes 150 flavours of ice cream including strawberry and kiwi, bubblegum, jellybean and Caramac. Delicious with a capital D.
Yorkshire Wolds Dairy Ice Cream
You can find this ice cream in a variety of places (hotels, farm shops, restaurants and even Yorkshire Wildlife Trust outlets). Its all homemade and there are 75 flavours to choose from. Yorkshire Wolds Dairy Ice Cream produces fabulous gelato, sorbets and yoghurt ice cream, too.
Brymor Ice Cream
Produced with milk from cows on its own High Jervaulx Farm (in Wensleydale near Jervaulx Abbey), this family business makes all the flavours youd expect, and some you wouldnt. The latter sort includes crme caramel, cranberry crunch, praline pecan delight and rhubarb crumble. Sob. Im getting emotional just thinking about it.
Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream Company
Yummy by name, yummy by nature and winning so many awards its positively embarrassing. Founded by Jeremy and Louise Holmes, Yummy is made with local ingredients where possible and milk from their own herd of Holstein cows. Flavours include coconut and lime curd ripple, Jaffa cake, malted milk, dandelion and burdock and lemon mascarpone.yorkshiremilk.co.uk