Cupcake Monday! Our Local 'Old Fashioned' Ice Cream Parlour
Every neighbourhood benefits from an ice cream shop, especially when it brings a bit of retro - and French! - charm like our Beaches and Cream Ice Cream Parlour. Overlooking the seafront, its tiny space spills over with sweet-toothed locals on sunny days. The ice cream is made here in the North East by the family-owned Beckleberry's, which my daughter thinks is a flavour of ice cream because it's on all of the flavour markers. Hmm...how about it? Why not a house flavour called Beckleberry? I'm tasting blackberry with some pistachio bits for some reason (they do a wonderfully creamy pistachio!). And they do a fantastic sorbet- their Blackcurrant & Kirsch sorbet was awarded the Fortnum & Mason's Supreme Champion in 2008. (That's the ultimate accolade in the fine food industry.) I cannot wait to try the new Mascarpone.
Next door is the Beaches and Cream cafe that serves afternoon tea and some food. And of course ice cream desserts. I can't thank them enough for painting their exterior woodwork - which spans the ice cream shop and the cafe that stands on the corner - that gorgeous dusty duck egg colour.
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