13 places to go for ice cream in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 16:31 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:36 10 July 2018
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Norfolk has produced authentic Italian gelato, traditional British creamy ice cream and refreshing sorbets for generations. Here’s our guide to some great ice cream parlours in the county
Ronaldo’s started life in 1983 as a vintage style Victorian ice cream cart that gained popularity and now makes delicious ice cream with naturally-sourced ingredients and fresh milk and cream in its Lothian Street factory.
The list of flavours is now almost at 200 so be sure to check out what’s on offer from the cart that still serves delicious sorbets and ice creams in the streets of Norwich. Try a scoop of chocolate ginger, blueberry yoghurt, maple walnut or a boozy Irish cream. More adventurous flavours include Eton mess and rhubarb and custard.
• Ellie’s Ice Cream
Situated on the High Street in Sheringham is Ellie’s Ice Cream, the pastel-coloured, seaside parlour serving local Ronaldo Ice Cream which is made in Norfolk from fresh whole milk, double cream and locally grown fruit.
Ellie’s has a commitment to serving naturally made and tasty ice cream in nearly 50 flavours, so take a stroll through this seaside town with your favourite flavour of ice cream in hand.
Starting in 2004, The Hunstanton Ice Cream Company is the small family business based at the Pavillion in Hunstanton that creates ice cream by taking fresh semi-skimmed milk and cream added with a range of delicious ingredients resulting in flavours such as the popular cookies and cream or the zingy key lime pie.
If you’re feeling adventurous, have your ice cream on top of a waffle or in a decadent sundae and tuck in. Open 9.30am until sunset (depending on weather) and closed from November to February.
Family owned Dann’s Farm in North Tuddenham is known locally for its award-winning Norfolk farmhouse ice cream. Its ice creams are freshly made from free-range milk taken from a herd of 400 pedigree cows and is transformed into ice cream within an hour.
There is an extensive range of luxury lollies, fresh sorbets, creamy ice cream and even milkshakes available that are bound to tempt sweet toothed customers. You can even hire Dann’s for weddings and parties. With flavours ranging from well-loved vanilla all the way to the unique lavender, each batch is lovingly made and, according to the company’s catchphrase, are “udderly delicious”. Open 9am to 5pm. Check the website for stockists near you.
Parravani’s is an ice cream company that’s been passed down generations. The family has been making rich Italian ice cream in Norfolk and Suffolk since 1898. Today they produce around 40 flavours of ice cream and sorbet, closely following the original family recipes from all those years ago. Their cream and milk come from local farms while other inclusions are sourced from Italy itself.
Whatever your preference, traditional flavours like vanilla and chocolate are available or try exotic options such as coconut, stem ginger and tutti frutti. Ice creams are available to order for one serving or some can be ordered by the tub. Order ice cream by phone or direct from Parravani’s premises in Beccles (check website) or Parravani’s ice cream is also available from A J Ward Butchers in Loddon and Green Pastures Nurseries at Hellington Corner or spot one of their ice cream vans!
Lakenham Creamery has been producing handmade ice cream in Norwich since 1921. There are currently three brands produced by Lakenham Creamery. Norfolk County Dairy Ice Cream is an award-winning and indulgent ice cream made using a high percentage of cream that creates the rich and decadent creamy taste. With over 120 awards under its belt and with stockists all over the country – including Harrods! – this is an undisputedly high quality range.
Aldous Traditional Ices are made using the same recipe that the Creamery has been using for nearly a century “as your Grandma would remember it.” And because everyone should be able to indulge sometimes, there is Eileen’s Ice Cream, the diabetic-friendly ice cream range that provides cold creamy treats in a variety of flavours.
The Picnic Hut is a small café in the pretty seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea that serves freshly prepared sandwiches, tasty cakes and great coffee alongside a variety of delicious Lakenham Creamery ice cream flavours.
If you’re in Wells for the day make sure to pop into the Hut and crab a cone to take on your adventures.
No1 Cromer is a triple threat with seafood restaurant, fish and chip takeaway and Ice Cromer, the ice cream kiosk serving Lakenham Creamery ice cream to cool down visitors on the seafront.
With a mint choc chip, raspberry or rum and raisin flavour ice cream in hand, take the short walk to Cromer Pier and soak in some sun and sea air.
On Norwich’s Opie Street is Café Gelato, serving gelato made in traditional Italian style fresh in store.
There are enough flavours to cause some umm-ing and ahh-ing and keep visitors coming back to sample something new. Seasonal flavours have included hot cross bun at Easter, Guinness sorbet for Saint Patrick’s Day, mulled wine sorbet for Christmas and more.
With kiosks sprinkled along the promenade in Hunstanton, East Coast Gelato makes delicious gelato and chocolate-dipped ice cream lollies.
With inventive creations such as raspberry sorbet dipped in white chocolate and peppered with freeze dried raspberries or salted caramel gelato dipped in chocolate with a white chocolate and fudge pieces tip. Who can resist grabbing a delicious treat on their walk down the prom?
Owned by BBC MasterChef finalist Tim Kinnaird, Macarons & More serves award-winning macarons from its pretty shop in the Royal Arcade in Norwich. But its latest venture comes in the form of soft scoop ice cream.
Changing flavours have included birthday cake, s’mores and ‘Coco Loco’, finished with sweet toppings. You can even try an ice cream macaron sandwich!
Art deco style ice cream and dessert parlour Mindoro is fairly new to Norwich, but has already gained a reputation for its decadent sundaes such as the orange marmalade signature sundae.
With gelato coming from Italy and dairy ice creams from Parravanis, flavours include blueberry and blackberry, cookies and chocolate, honeycomb, coconut and many more. Flavours change often so make sure to check back.
With a huge array of flavours to choose from, Sundaes Gelato is a chain of ice cream parlours with a branch on Norwich’s St Giles Street. Open until 11pm every day, warm summer evenings can be spent whiling the time away.
Your favourite scoops can be enjoyed as they are, packed into a decadent sundae, or placed on top of a waffle or crepe.