With the rains of autumn already sweeping over London, summer may seem like a distant memory. But who says we can’t pretend? Bringing some much needed summer back into our lives are Islington’s best ice-cream and frozen yoghurt bars, serving deliciousness all year long. Here are some of our favourites.
When the owners are utter fanatics about their own produce, it can only be a good thing. Smiley super duo, Mr and Mrs Raj, opened Udderlicious in 2013, a retro pastel-coloured haven where everything is homemade from organic milk from grass-fed cows. If you’re the adventurous type, their ice cream is the dream with flavour combos such as strawberry and basil, apple crumble and prosecco and whiskey. Think you’ve got the next big taste? Enter the ‘flavour of the month’ competition – winners can enjoy their delicious ice cream for free for a month.
Frozen yoghurt is a trend that has stormed the capital from our transatlantic friends over the past few years. Yet amongst the crowd of fro-yo shops is a budding chain that stands out from the rest – FRAE. Their yoghurt is naturally low in fat, using real yoghurt (unlike the rehydrated powder yoghurt mixes commonly used in the market today) and made fresh in a dairy farm in North Wales. Enjoy the yoghurt all day long, with breakfast treats, such as Honeybee- Natural FRAE, blueberries, crunchy granola and runny honey.
Created by two childhood friends, Cristiano Sereni and Paolo Benassi, Amorino was founded in 2002, and now boasts a growing ice cream empire all over the globe. This Italian pairing makes for authentic gelato, and maximises on flavour and taste by using organic and natural ingredients. Perhaps more on the expensive side, this stylish parlour is worth the money. When it comes to the best flavours, the lime and basil sorbet is a taste of summer, while il Pistachio Sublime and Amarena Cherry are the owners’ favourites.
After visiting the go-to fro-yo spots in California, Samba Swirl fell in love with the concept of self-service, an opportunity for customers to have fun with their food, becoming the UK’s first self-service frozen yoghurt shop in 2011. Sitting across Islington Green, staff are always happy to help and choose from the six individual flavours of yoghurt on offer each day (check out their website for today’s flavours). Fro-yo is charged by weight, but the price is capped at just over £6, meaning you can go to town on your toppings and sauces.
Okay, so technically this isn’t an ice cream shop, but if you’re a major chocolate ice cream lover, then who best to consult for your chocolate fix than an award-winning chocolatier? Paul A Young’s Islington branch is only one of the two branches to sell ice cream (Royal Exchange is the other), where you’ll find tubs and tubs of ready-scooped velvety ice cream goodness awaiting in the freezer. For a taste sensation, enjoy the sea-salted caramel ice cream or the chocolate sorbet – essentially pure dark chocolate that has been churned and then frozen.