13 Aug 2011

Move over Ben & Jerry...!

Recently, a friend with very good taste, introduced me to Marine Ices. I'm so glad!
Located on Haverstock Hill in Chalk Farm, this ice-cream parlour
and Italian restaurant has been owned by the same family for over 80 years!

In the 1930's, Aldo Mansi rebuilt the parlour, modelled on a boat &
introduced a porthole window to serve icecream.This window survives today!
The Fourth generation of the Mansi family now run the parlour! The ice-creams, 28 varieties,
flavours ranging from Tiramisu to blue bubble gum, are delicious...as is the chap serving..
...resembles a Russian looking spy with beautiful eyes - but that's just an added bonus ;-)

Another, more upmaket, hidden gem, is The Parlour in Fortnum and Mason. Often overlooked in favour of afternoon tea, The Parlour serves the most indulgent ices; 3 cones all at once, reasonably priced and with a lovely view over the Royal Academy opposite! Flavours range from strawberry with 12 year old balsamic vinegar to stem ginger with borage honey!