From ice cream farms, to ice cream parlours and gelaterias and the cutest little tea rooms, here’s the scoop on some of the best places to eat ice cream in Derbyshire.
The idea, and many of the suggestions, for this post came from Charlotte who will soon be joining us as a guest writer. Keep coming back to see her posts!
Ice Cream Farm, Derby
Bluebells Dairy, Derby
Derby’s much loved ice cream farm! Award winning ice cream made freshly on the dairy from the very best ingredients. Creamy, luxury artisan ice cream, made in the same way as Italian gelato, but with a British twist. Today there are twenty five different flavours, plus seasonal specials.
As well as ice cream cones and tubs, the tea rooms at Bluebells also sells ice cream sundaes and luxury milkshakes. You can go to the café even if you’re not visiting the farm itself. Outside and inside seating is available and there is no need to pre-book the café.
The Little Shed, Ashbourne
The Ashbourne venue of The Little Shed has a pop-up whipped ice cream counter over the summer. Serving up delicious whippy Jersey ice cream. Options include choices such as Eton Mess tub or Unicorn Cloud (featuring sprinkles, rainbow drops and candy floss!). Scooped ice creams available all year round. Also check out the cold drinks – how does salted caramel fudge frappe sound?
The Apple Tree Tea House, Ockbrook
Everyone’s favourite bougee little tearoom sells some very tempting ice creams, served both in tubs and as cones. Check their board at the takeaway hatch for today’s flavours.
Best Ice Cream Parlours in the Chesterfield area
Fredericks at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield
Family business, Fredericks is a Chesterfield institution. The story of Frederick’s is quite incredible. It is claimed that in the 1870s Angelo Frederick walked one thousand miles from Parma, Italy to Sheffield, England where he began making ice cream. The company relocated to Chesterfield in 1925 and has delighting Derbyshire residents ever since. The speciality ice cream can be purchased from vans throughout Derbyshire as well as in their café in Queen’s Park.
Giuseppe’s Gelato, The Batch House
Based at artisan food hall, The Batch House, Giuseppe’s serves up ice creams, sundaes and milkshakes. The gelato style ice cream has been made to a family recipe since 1926. Highly instagrammable – you can even have a unicorn cone! Cashless vendor – card payments only. Dog friendly.
Favourite Ice Cream Parlours in the Peak District
Sorrel’s Cocoa Bakery, Bakewell
Sorrel’s Cocoa Bakery is a beautiful artisan chocolate shop. The Bakewell venue of Sorrels Cocoa Bakery sells the most fabulous ice creams, “with all the toppings in the world”. Enough said!
Matlock Meadows Ice Cream Farm
If you’ve never been, Matlock Meadows is a gem of a place. It’s a working dairy farm, with traditional tea room selling ice cream made on the farm. There’s free play equipment (for patrons of the tea room), and it’s free to park too! A perfect, cheap afternoon out.
For the best ice cream farms in the Peak District, check out this post from our friends, Peak District Kids.
Just outside Derbyshire
Yay Flapjacks, Abbeydale Road, Sheffield
Yay Flapjacks sell gluten free, vegan treats made with natural colours and flavours and no added preservatives. Check out their Nacho Pots – sweet waffle base, a scoop of Yee Kwan ice cream, sauce, cream and toppings.
We will be expanding this post – stay tuned! And let us know where else deserves to be on this list.