Salcombe Dairy, Salcombe, Devon
They’ve been making ice cream at Salcombe Dairy in Devon since 1979 and now, more than 40 years later they’re still going strong, using the same recipes, with fresh milk from the local farm and all natural ingredients. The fact that it’s won several awards shows how good it is.
This is an art this family run businesses has truly perfected, with flavours that will have your tastebuds dancing with delight. There’s so much to tempt and entice - Butterscotch, Popcorn, Banoffee, Coconut, Stem Ginger, Cinnamon, and their best seller – Salcombe Mud, which might not sound great, but it is, it’s all lovely and heavenly-chocolatey, a blend of cocoa, gluten free biscuit and dairy ice cream. Why’s it called Salcombe Mud? Simple - it’s named after the sand bar at the entrance to the Salcombe estuary! Vegans will love the Cloudforest Chocolate dairy free ice cream, and if you like sorbets the chocolate, raspberry and mango are all divine.
Ice cream is all very well and good in the summer, but what do they do at Salcombe Dairy in the winter? Well, they make chocolate using top quality cacao beans sourced from Peru. You can see it being made through the window of the factory in Salcombe and in the shop you can buy the end result – bars, Easter eggs, Advent calendars, hampers and gift boxes in flavours like Dark Chocolate Ginger, Dark Chocolate Mango, Milk Chocolate Rose, White Chocolate Raspberry, and Milk Chocolate Honeycombe.
Sustainability is key here; they have a strong bean to bar ethos, they’re keen on green energy and the packaging that's used is fully compostable or reusable. It's also a very caring business; a percentage of their profits are donated to charity and everything they make is nut free, gluten free and egg free, so people on special diets can still enjoy the deliciousness.
Salcombe Dairy also have shops at Kingsbridge and Dartmouth, all serving fresh coffee and tea to takeaway. But it’s the ice cream. You’ll definitely want to go more than once.
Open: 10:00am-5:00pm in Salcombe and Dartmouth and from Easter at Kingsbridge Quay.
T: 01548 870028 (Salcombe)
All information correct at the time of writing