Tuesday, 05 August 2014
Ice cream: Where to find the UK's best
Play barns, cafés, farm walks, craft shops – these farms have all this and ice cream too.
Pedigree Jersey cows make a distinctively creamy ice cream your mini gourmets will adore – if they're not too busy in the play areas. Meanwhile adults will be bowled over by flavours such as amaretto or gin and tonic.
The curious moniker comes from the nickname for this farm's South Devon cows – with rusty coats and big ears, they're the largest native breed. Ducks, calves and a pet sheep add to the fun – and there's an Elephant Maize Maze. Ice cream flavours include, of course, crumbly Devon fudge.
In the summer, shire horses, rare breed pigs and chickens greet you here. Watch ice cream being made – there's an emphasis on fruit with flavours such as apple pie, lemon curd, and clotted cream with strawberries or blackcurrants – and shop for local foods and crafts.
Another farm where you can watch ice cream ranging from Cheshire Plain to another boozy number, Cointreau and orange, being made. As well as play areas, there are state-of-the-art and
retro games machines dads will love.
Pick your own or buy field-fresh produce along with the 'fruit cream ice': the fruit content is so high it's almost good for you. Work it off on a farm walk and a visit to the Old Piggery Pottery.
Bring healthy appetites: the café with its pretty terrace serves hearty homemade food including 40 flavours of ice cream and hugely indulgent chocolates. There are also calves, alpacas, sheep and rare breeds to meet.
Vallum farm, Newcastle
Gorgeous food, artisan produce to take home, indoor play area, wildlife walks, monthly markets and ice cream-making courses are among the attractions at this very high-class farm.
Not a farm, but people rave about the ice cream and the fantastic views from the sunny terrace. And there's a play area with ride-on toys too.