Family-run ice cream parlour scoops national award

A family-run Lancashire business is celebrating after their ice cream was judged the best in Britain.

New Penny GrillThe New Penny Grill and Ice Cream Parlour in Poulton-le-Fylde run by Stephen Jones scooped first place for dairy ice cream at the UK’s National Ice Cream Competition.

The competition is organised by The Ice Cream Alliance, the trade association for the UK's £1bn ice cream industry. Stephen beat off his rivals to take the silver challenge cup for his artisan diary ice cream and a bronze medal in the Cadbury Flake99 chocolate class.

Stephen said the success was a real family effort: “We had just been on an ice-cream course in Italy, so I suppose you could say it has paid off handsomely! But it is very gratifying to have your skill and product recognised by your peers in the trade as well as appreciated by your customers.

“The café-cum-grill was started by my parents over 30 years ago, with the ice cream parlour following on about five years later. We’ve always been at the same premises on Tithebarn Street and pride ourselves not only on the quality of our ingredients but also on our incredibly low carbon footprint – we make our ice cream just behind the parlour, so it has a very short journey from creation to consumption.” “This is excellent for our reputation. In fact, we have just, for the first time, won a contract to supply another ice cream business, something we have never done before, so these awards could help boost that new endeavour with other firms."