Seven of the best: The South West's top ice cream parlours

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Delectable, creamy and irresistible, ice cream is one of the nation’s favourite frozen desserts. Dating back to the 16th century, ice cream has become an international phenomenon treating people of all ages while enjoying a day at the seaside.

From the classic chocolate and vanilla to the more exotic Jaffa Cake and bakewell tart flavours, we have hand-picked the best ice cream parlours in the South West for you to indulge in while holidaying in the area.

Croyde’s Ice Cream Parlour | Croyde, Devon

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As one of Devon’s most popular villages, Croyde is known for its blissful beach and unrivaled views as well as its traditional ice creams and fudges. Sitting in the centre of the village and only 10 minutes from the shore, Croyde’s Ice Cream Parlour gives you only the best of this dairy treat! Experience the delights of a double cone from a variety of well-known flavours or go for the parlour classic; the fresh doughnut with your choice of ice cream and sprinkles. Whatever you love, you’ll want seconds!

Roskilly’s | St Keverne, Cornwall

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Set on an organic Cornish farm, Roskilly’s uses only the richest ingredients to produce the most decadent of ice creams. Take the weight off your feet with an array of coned succulent sorbets or go all out and dine on a Roskilly’s ice cream sundae with all the added extras. Fruity and fun, this farm offers a free day out and fantastic eating opportunities!

Tennacott Farm Dairy | Bideford, North Devon

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Made using the freshest of ingredients, Tennacott Farm creates a fantastic selection of ice cream flavours right in the heart of the Devon countryside. Revel in the delights of a dollop of strawberry cheesecake or apple pie while exploring the nearby farm and wooded areas for true summer indulgence. Stay in Tennacott Lodge, Tennacott April Cottage or Bybury Cottage to get a private tour of the farm and samples of free ice cream!

Otter Valley | Monkton, Honiton

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Otter Valley offers award-winning ice cream located in the rolling hills of Devonshire, overlooking the stunning Otter Valley. Sit in the lovely summerhouse while enjoying their range of freshly prepared ice creams, sorbets and frozen yoghurts. Not sure what to have? Go nuts with a banana and peanut butter cone, get that little taste of heaven with a salted caramel and chocolate brownie indulgence or experience the tang of a lemon and lime meringue. The flavours are endless!

Joe Delucci’s | Ilfracombe, North Devon

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Situated on the quay of Ilfracombe, Joe Delucci’s gives you the opportunity to try authentic Italian gelato in a variety of eccentric yet magnificent flavours. Made from only natural ingredients, the award-winning parlour also serves fat-free, dairy-free and gluten-free options. Dine on an Amerene Crema (Cherry and Custard), Sorbetto Mele Verde (Green Apple Sorbet) or Nocciolata (Chocolate and Hazelnut); the list goes on! Walk along the seafront to visit the not-to-be-missed Damien Hirst attraction ‘Verity’.

Mr B’s | Hayle, Cornwall

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Famously fresh ice cream parlour, Mr B’s in Hayle Cornwall, brings a whole new definition to the word assortment! From Turkish delight to brown bread and marmalade, key lime pie to the intriguing caramel cinnamon waffle, Mr B’s presents as many flavours you can shake a stick at! Of course if your palette isn’t quite as explorative, then head for the timeless raspberries and cream or vanilla. Tables are provided but a firm Cornish favourite is a lovely walk along the estuary with these outrageous ices!

Hockings | North Devon

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Winner of the Devon Life Best Food Product for 2014, Hockings Vans are spread all across North Devon including Westward Ho!, Torrington Commons, Appledore, Instow and Bideford Quay. Adding taste to your summer trip, the classic Hockings 99’ is a Devon favourite. Thick and delicious, this slice of heaven comes from only locally sourced ingredients whipped into a delicious treat!

Book a holiday cottage today to visit these dessert fueled areas for your taste of heaven!

Posted by Katy on 1st May 2015