10 Top UK Ice Cream Parlours

The best thing about ice cream is that it’s fresh and perfectly timed to a summer’s day – the beach scenes are optional. Our city centres have plenty of places to chill and enjoy a gelato. Read on for the full scoop on 10 of the top ice cream parlours in London, Bath, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee.


The Parlour at Fortnum & Mason

Head to The Parlour for the fanciest scoop in town. The decadent interiors will take you back to a parlour of times gone by whilst classic flavours are mixed with exciting, new ingredients.


Turning ice cream on its head with this free-from Salted Caramel & Cone Combo! 👌🏽🍨😍🍦🍫

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Free-from lovers need not despair, for Yorica on Wardour Street is just one of the many shops championing delicious, free-from ice creams. All recipes and ingredients are free from wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs and nuts and all entirely vegan.



As an east coast institution, Luca’s have been making top quality ice cream since 1908. You’ll find them on the menu in more than a few local, independent restaurants, and you can visit their Edinburgh shop in Morningside, a 30-minute stroll from our Apex City of Edinburgh or Apex Grassmarket Hotels. Their Toffee Fudgy Wudgy scoop is a tried and tested favourite.

Mary’s Milk Bar

So many good flavours today! #bluecheese #brownbread #peanutbutter

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The ice cream hot chocolate at this retro parlour caused quite a stir on social media last year. But it’s the crazy ice cream flavours that have got our summer hearts racing. From Cherry Bakewell and Pecan Choc Chip to Blue Cheese & Walnut and White Chocolate & Thyme, you’ll want to sample them all.




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Nardini’s Café on Byers Road in Glasgow’s West End gives you a sprinkling of the original grand Nardini’s parlour in Largs, on the west coast of Scotland. The giant sundaes are perfect for family trips – everyone can grab a spoon and get stuck in.

Big Licks

😍🍦 #biglicks #life #fattyforever #icecream #paradise #cookiedough #chocolate

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Big Licks have two parlours in Glasgow, one on Argyle Street and another on Victoria Road in the Southside of the city. You’ll find friendly staff and plenty of retro sweets and chocolate bars to help reminisce your childhood, whipped up into delicious ice cream flavours.


Visocchi’s ice cream

Mmm! 🍦👅💦

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A trip to Broughty Ferry when visiting Dundee is well worth it when you factor in a stop at Visocchi’s. This family run business prides itself on authentic Italian recipes, and their ice cream recipe has been passed down through generations. Whether you sit in or take-away, you’ll experience a little taste of Italy right here in Scotland.

Red Berry

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Located just a short five-minute walk from our Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee, Red Berry are a welcome addition to Dundee’s ice-cream scene. Variety is key. Whether it’s ice cream in a smoothie, on waffles, in crepes, cones, or sundaes…. you name it, they scoop it.


Swoon Gelato

New to the scene in may 2017 is Swoon. They believe that life is made better with a little gelato and so do we! The successful ice cream patrons have come over from Bristol, and you’ll find them at 15 Kingsmead Square, just a stone’s throw away from the new Apex City of Bath Hotel.

Real Italian Ice Cream Company

Ice cream date with Harry 💙 #bath #icecream

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The ice cream here is topped so beautifully, it almost looks too good to eat. The Real Italian Ice Cream Company is another family run business whipping up a fabulous array of fresh, ice cream flavours. It’s not uncommon for the queues to snake out the door and down the street, but we promise it’s worth the wait.

David Thayer’s Ice Cream Shop

Ice cream for the cool day

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After a trip round the Roman Baths, David Thayer’s Ice Cream Shop is the perfect place to stop for a tasty sweet treat. They stick to traditional flavours and do them well, and you’ll often find fresh fruits worked all the way through the ice cream.

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