Ice cream shops in Norfolk: 9 of the best places
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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 of the best ice cream parlours in the county
Ronaldo’s Ice Cream
Ronaldo’s started life in 1983 as a vintage style Victorian ice cream cart that gained popularity and now makes delicious ice cream made 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. Why not try chocolate ginger, blueberry yoghurt, maple walnut or a boozy Irish cream?
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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. With a commitment to serving naturally made and tasty ice cream in nearly 50 flavours, take a stroll through this seaside town with an Ellie’s ice cream in hand.
The Hunstanton Ice Cream Company
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 and tuck in. Open 9.30am - sunset (depending on weather).
Family owned Dann’s Farm in North Tuddenham, Dereham is known locally for its award-winning Norfolk farmhouse ice cream. Their ice creams are freshly made from free-range milk taken from a herd of 400 pedigree cows. They have an extensive range of delicious ‘luxury’ lollies, fresh sorbets, creamy ice cream and even milkshakes that are bound to tempt sweet toothed customers and you can 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 stands to the company’s catchphrase as being “udderly delicious”. Open 9am – 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 while those who would like to sample an exotic option, more unique flavours such as coconut, stem ginger and tutti frutti are available to try. Ice creams are available to order for one serving or some can be ordered in a 1.2L 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 delicious 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
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.
Another spot serving Lakenham Creamery ice cream is the Ice Cromer kiosk, cooling down visitors on the sea front with creamy treats. With a mint choc chip, raspberry or even bubblegum flavour ice cream in hand, take the short walk to Cromer Pier and soak in some sun and sea air.
Andy’s Ice Cream Bike
For serious ice cream lovers, have you thought about hiring an ice cream cart for your wedding or function? Andy’s Ice Cream has classic 1940’s ice cream bikes and carts to hire for your party chock full of delicious award-winning Lakenham Creamery ice cream that has picked up 14 Gold Great Taste Awards alongside over 120 other national awards.
East Coast Gelato
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?