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8 must-try ice cream shops in the Cotswolds

Posted: Tue, 13th Jun 2023
Winstones Ice Cream, Cotswolds

The Cotswolds have a reputation for great ice cream, and with producers including Winstones and Marshfield calling the area home, it’s not hard to see why. When visiting the area, you are truly spoiled for choice. Here are eight of our favourite ice cream companies in and around the Cotswolds…we can’t promise it’ll make choosing any easier though!

1. Winstones

Rodborough Common, near Stroud

Winstones have been selling ice cream since 1925 and are a brilliant company who care about the environment and their local area. They take sustainability seriously and have compostable coffee cups, wooden straws and potato starch carrier bags. Winstones have a brilliant range of tempting ice cream flavours including honey and ginger, blackberries and cream, rhubarb crumble and banoffee. Winstones now offer dairy-free ice cream, suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Could we get a scoop of each flavour, please?

2. Jolly Nice

Frampton Mansell, near Stroud

Jolly Nice Farm Shop is renowned for its exceptional homemade ice cream available to pick up in store, at its Hive Cafe and drive-through. Flavours include salted caramel, dark chocolate, toasted coconut and espresso – yum!

3. Cotswold Hills Ice Cream

Stow-on-the-Wold

Cotswold Hills wistfully serves ice cream from tricycles. Think old-style ice cream sellers at the seaside and be taken back in time as you purchase your sweet treat from the traditionally dressed vendor. Cotswold Hills Ice Cream cater for events and are at lots of the local festivals during the warmer months.

4. Wholly Gelato

Gloucester

Wholly Gelato produce delicious gelato with the help of their cows who graze on the green grasses of the Severn vales. Their creamy gelato reflects their happy cows and Wholly Cow Gelato have great customer reviews. Their free-range milk is also available to buy.

5. Sundaes Gelato

Gloucester

If you’d prefer to sit-in while you enjoy a sundae, Sundaes Gelato is a good option. Choose from a wide range of ice creams, sundaes, waffles and more, and enjoy your sweet treat in the American diner-style venue.

6. Marshfield

Near Bath

Marshfield serve up premium dairy ice cream in farm shops across the country. They are hugely popular, with classic flavours and more unusual options, such as black vanilla, candy floss crush and coffee mocha. Dairy-free options are also available.

7. Caffe Dolcetti

Cirencester

Caffe Dolcetti serves up authentic Italian gelato in Cirencester. Gelato differs from traditional ice cream because it contains little or no air, resulting in a super creamy, smooth ice cream. And we thought ice cream couldn’t get any better!

8. Hillbrooks Farm

Gloucester

Ice cream at its finest awaits those who visit Hillbrooks Farm. Their luxury, natural, artisan ice cream has won several awards and is well worth trying. For those looking for traditional flavours done right, choose classic vanilla, strawberry and salted caramel, or try something different, with unusual flavours including apple cider, liquorice and damson. Stop by the family farm to get your ice cream fix!

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