If you're stuck for ideas, here are 10 ice cream parlours in the North East to try this year:-
1- Crescent Cafe
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'Seaton Delaval Ice Cream' is legendary in the North East and as soon as the sun pops out you can expect large queues outside Arrighi's | Crescent Cafe. Using a secret recipe from Southern Italy, this family business has been going strong since 1925.
2 - Spurrelli
A trip to Amble would not be complete for us without a trip to the Harbour Fish and Chip Shop for Fish n Chips followed by an ice cream from Spurreli - boutique ice cream at it's best.
3 - Minchella South Shields
Michella & Co have several locations across South Tyneside ranging from the original parlour on Ocean Road to a trailer in South Shields Market Place. Specialising in ice creams and sundaes you will also find a range of delicious cakes available for sale.
4 - Ciccarelli Blyth
Ciccarelli is the place to visit for authentic Italian Gelato. Using only the finest ingredients imported from Italy and fresh cream and whole milk from a local dairy you'll find an extensive range of cones, sundaes, tubs and oysters for sale. It's right on the beach and by the park too so perfect for an afternoon in the sunshine.
5 - Morwick
Morwick Dairy Parlour near Warkworth is on a working farm so you can actually meet the cows where your ice cream is sourced from. There's a kids playground and there are a massive 160 flavours to choose from.
6 - Mark Toney
Mark Toney in Newcastle has been established for over a century and is probably where a lot of us first experienced an ice cream parlour for ourselves. There are lots of enticing flavours to try including Caramel Apple Granny and Candy Clouds and service is always with a friendly smile.
7 - Wheelbirks
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Wheelbirks Farm and Parlour near Stocksfield is a lovely place to spend a summer's afternoon. You can say hello to the farm cows and chickens, play in the orchid, play barn and indoor play area and enjoy award winning ice cream from the oldest pedigree Jersey herd in Northumberland.
8 - Lickety Split
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Lickety Split in Seaham is the original 1950's American Diner-style parlour in the North East. You'll find speciality sundaes, premium shakes alongside proper bottles of coca-cola in glass bottles.
9 - Blagdon Parlour
Alongside the Parlour's Poppy Tearoom you will find and ice cream kiosk serving traditional Marcantonio ice cream which is manufactured on-site. There are 8 flavours to choose from which change with the seasons. There is ample seating in the garden too so you can enjoy your treat in the sunshine.
10 - Tutti Frutti Whitburn
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Tutti Frutti is a traditional family-run ice cream parlour in the charming village of Whitburn. You'll find a large selection of sundaes on offer including Heart Break Hotel which is made up of Toffee Fudge and White Chocolate Ice Cream, Fudge Pieces, Gold Bar Crumbs, Toffee and Chocolate Sauce and Whipped Cream. Yum!
Tutti Frutti Website
BONUS ENTRY:- After posting this article on my Facebook Page there was outrage that I hadn't included Di Meo's in Whitley Bay so due to popular demand, here it is. The award winning ice cream is handmade daily with a secret recipe dating back to 1925 and available in a huge selection of flavours to either sit in or take out.
11 - Di Meo's
Let me know if you have visited any of these parlours (or others) and which ice creams you would recommend :-)
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