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By Christina Veal 19 May, 2017

The New Forest Ice Cream parlour is located at the bottom of the main high street in Lymington and the perfect place for all the family to enjoy this summer. You’ll easily spot our lovely blue parlour with the iconic New Forest Ice Cream sign hanging outside, right beside the pedestrian route down to the Quay.

The combination of rich double cream & the finest fresh ingredients is the secret to our mouth-watering ice cream. And, we are delighted to offer over 20 flavours of ice cream and sorbet from our range at the New Forest Ice Cream parlour. We rotate our flavours regularly, giving customers the opportunity to try something new each time! The parlour is open Tuesday – Sunday during the summer & every day during the holidays, allowing visitors to the New Forest and residents to enjoy a creamy scoop of their favourite ice cream on-the-go, at any time. Will it be our refreshingly fruity Berry & Apple Crumble, or our on-trend Salted Caramel? Or perhaps you prefer something a little bit more traditional, like our legendary Chocolate Chip Ripple? With such a huge selection of old favourites and unique creations to choose from, there is sure to be something for all ages and everyone’s tastes.

In fact we have so much more than just ice cream , along with our extensive range of flavours that are ready to scoop and serve in any cone or tub of your choice, complete with tempting toppings. We also have a variety of indulgent sundaes, waffles, milkshakes & floats (which are definitely the best in town!), ideal for those that want to enjoy ice cream incorporated into something extra special. Alternatively, we do have cakes available which are the perfect accompaniment for your freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee.

We currently have a cake and coffee offer for £3.00. Customers popping in for a sit down coffee will receive a complimentary mini-cone of their favourite ice cream too, of course!  

The New Forest Ice Cream parlour is the perfect location to sit, relax and enjoy something sweet!

By Christina Veal 13 Apr, 2017


Particularly when the warmer weather draws in around this time of year, we have many visitors to the New Forest who simply enjoy nothing more than going on long walks and mooching around the idyllic countryside that we’re lucky enough to have on our doorstep. Even the more reluctant of walkers have been known to love a good stroll in the New Forest because of the beautiful nature and picturesque surroundings. Walking is a great activity and a good form of exercise yet equally, enjoyable if you’re fond of the outdoors. Full of ancient woodland, heaths, pretty villages and a 40 mile secret coast, it’s really worth dedicating a few days to explore and take in the scenery. This is the perfect opportunity to bring out the picnic blankets and hampers; then finding the best spot for a tasty lunch in the forest!

With more than 140 miles of tracks and 193,000 acres, you can enjoy plenty of easy walking with lots of free-roaming animals to keep you company. The forest has too many walks to even list, so plan your route or go wherever the wind takes you. You will find plenty of information and guides to help you find your way which will definitely come in handy. Likewise, if you’re an avid cyclist; there is no better place to go on a long bike ride than the New Forest. With plenty of tracks and roads with cautious speed limits, bike rides can be safe and enjoyable. Of course, a bike ride or walk on a summer’s day is never complete without a pit stop for a refreshing ice cream but this just goes without saying. The New Forest Ice Cream Parlour is in Lymington and we have an unbelievable range of flavours to choose from!

One of the main attractions of the New Forest is all the amazing wildlife that you’re bound to come across during your trip. There are ponies, donkeys, cattle and deeper in the forest, wild deer are likely to be found lurking amongst the woodland. If you like to feel at one with nature and at peace away from modern life, the New Forest can be a therapeutic and tranquil place to visit.  You may even come across some more interesting wildlife because the open heaths are very homey for adders and grass snakes. While the many pools of water are an ideal environment for frogs, toads and lizards if you’re lucky enough to see any.

The New Forest has plenty to offer for family fun days out of every kind, whatever the weather and whatever your mood, there is sure to be something that takes your fancy. With beautiful gardens and markets to take a leisurely stroll around, wildlife parks to visit on a sunny day or perhaps an interesting museum and spa visit, if you’re in need of some well-deserved relaxation. For something more adventurous that requires a little bit more energy, the New Forest has lots of extreme sports and activities to keep you busy, families can choose from horse riding to water sports and paddling down the beautiful Beaulieu River. The New Forest is also home to Go Ape, the UK’s best forest adventure! If you’re looking for a day out like no other, it is definitely worth a visit for a fun-filled experience at Moors Valley Country Park. The only time you’ll ever be able to soar down zip wires and jump off Tarzan swings with plenty of obstacles to tackle, all while taking in some breath-taking forest views.

 

OUR TOP TEN PICKS:

1)   The beaches – The New Forest has many beaches nearby including Lepe Beach, Bournemouth, Southsea and Barton on Sea. Visitors have plenty to choose from if it is sand and sea they are looking for.

2)   The parks - Moors Valley Country Park is a particular favourite!

3)   The New Forest Ice Cream Parlour – There is no better place to go for a refreshing and creamy treat, there really is an unbelievable range to choose from!

4)   Lepe Beach Country Park – The perfect location for picnics and ball games. A mile of beach, pine fringed cliffs and historic D-Day remains, with stunning views across the Solent from Hurst Castle to Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower.

5)     Paultons Park, Romsey – The home of Peppa Pig world and great fun for kids.

6)   New Forest Activity Centre - Offering a wide range of outdoor activities for all age groups including: Kayaking, canoeing and archery.

7)     Longdown Dairy Farm , Ashurst - Family attraction with farm animals, a trampoline barn, soft play area, produce shop and tearoom.

8)     Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway - The perfect place for the whole family to spend the day with its impressive Rothschild flower collection, steam railway and more.

9)     New Forest Wildlife Park – A collection of indigenous species in their natural surroundings.

10)  Whitefield Moor – The heart of the ‘Old Forest’, tire the children out running around Whitefield Moor , enjoy a shady picnic by the tranquil Ober Water stream and see if you can spot any wild deer.


https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g186297-Activities-New_Forest_National_Park_Hampshire_Hampshire_England.html

 

By Christina Veal 24 Mar, 2017


With spring creeping up on us once again, it’s about time we introduce the newest addition to the New Forest Ice Cream range. Our Berry & Apple Crumble ice cream provides a refreshing twist on the traditional dessert, ensuring it can be enjoyed all year round, whatever the weather! Featuring a delicious apple dairy base combined with real blackberry, apple and strawberry fruity inclusions and irresistible cookie dough crumble; the ice cream captures the iconic flavour perfectly. As we all know, crumble and ice cream is the best combination, which is why our Berry & Apple Crumble ice cream really offers the best of both worlds.

Made from our own traditional family recipe and developed from only the finest ingredients, the ice cream contains no artificial colours or preservatives. We have perfected the flavour and texture, ensuring the juicy fruit pieces and lovely crunch from the crumble really stands out. And, with a velvety cream base and a lovely pop of colour; it’s an ice cream that ticks all the boxes and is sure to be a hit with all ages.

Perfect for a generous scoop in a cone or tub, pop down to your local New Forest Ice Cream stockist to try our latest flavour for yourself and satisfy a craving for something fresh, sweet and indulgent.

By Christina Veal 03 Mar, 2017

HOW TO: DIY ICE CREAM BUNTING

We have been feeling quite creative in the New Forest Ice Cream office the past couple of weeks and decided it was time to create some fun ice cream inspired décor to add a splash of colour and brighten up our office while we patiently wait for summer! Helen, who works in our accounts team, has made a beautiful bunting that represents ice cream perfectly and looks lovely on our walls. Bunting is the perfect decorative piece for parties, homeware, offices or even a café, adding a cute shabby chic vibe!

If you fancy a little DIY project then continue reading this post to find out how to make Helen’s ice cream themed bunting. Once you’ve grasped the technique and made a template, you can make lots of different bunting of all colours and styles. Here is the step by step guide to make your perfect summer bunting.

1)   Firstly, you need choose your materials – Helen chose pastel colours to reflect the look of ice cream and she also managed to find a material with an ice cream print on it which worked perfectly for this design.  

2)   You need to then make a template out of cardboard to ensure each flag is the same size. You also need to calculate how many flags you will need to reach the length of the space where you want your bunting to hang. Helen worked out that we would need 75 flags for the 50ft of our office walls.

3)   Then you need to use a firm material to use as the backing of the flags to make sure they are supported and sturdy. Helen cut out 75 in total but you may need less or more depending on your calculations.

4)   To construct the flags you need one backing piece and your chosen material you want on display, using a machine is the most efficient and securest way to sew the sides together. Ensure you sew them together with the patterned sides facing each other.

5)   Once sewn together, turn the flags inside out to hide the sewed edges and use a knitting needle or another pointed object to ensure the point is pushed through properly.

6)   Press all of your finished flags so they are nice and flat. Either use one long strip of material to attach the flags to or use leftover strips and sew them together to make one long one. This is what Helen did and it created a nice colourful effect of mismatched material which fitted the style of the bunting well.

7)   Place each flag next to one another along the fabric strip and pin in place. Ensure that you have the flags facing the correct way once again and use the sewing machine to sew in place.

8)   Turn the strip to make a hem on the side of the flags without the pattern; simply pin and machine sew again.

9)   Lastly, make loops at each end of the bunting to make it easy to hang up.

 

By Christina Veal 27 Feb, 2017


Pancake Day is fast approaching and we’re all looking forward to demolishing some tasty pancakes here at New Forest Ice Cream and we thought we would share some of our favourite toppings. And, of course, many of them include ice cream, which just goes without saying! Whether you prefer a traditional crepe style pancake or something a little fluffier, a traditional lemon and sugar variety or lots of indulgent toppings; there is sure to be a pancake to suit all. Pancake Day only comes round once a year and that is the perfect excuse to go all out with the tempting toppings.

METHOD ONE:

For a super simple pancake batter simply, put plain flour, eggs, milk and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter. Set a medium frying pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper and get ready to top your pancakes with tasty fillings.

INGREDIENTS

3 large free-range eggs

115 g plain flour

1 heaped teaspoon baking powder

140 ml milk

 

METHOD TWO:

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/eggs-recipes/pancakes-usa-stylie/

 

Alternatively, Jamie Oliver has a fantastic recipe for American pancakes which is easy enough once you get the hang of it. The great thing about this recipe is you can actually incorporate different things into the batter such as blueberries or chocolate chips, which make the pancakes even better and full of extra flavour! For this recipe you need to firstly, separate the eggs, putting the whites into one bowl and the yolks into another. Add the flour, baking powder and milk to the yolks and mix to a smooth thick batter. Whisk the whites with 1 pinch of sea salt until they form stiff peaks and then fold into the batter; then it is ready to use! Pour some of the batter into a medium heat non-stick pan and cook for a couple of minutes, until it starts to look golden and firm. At this point you can sprinkle your chosen flavourings onto the uncooked side before loosening with a spatula and flipping the pancake over. Continue frying until both sides are golden and begin to pile them up high on a plate, ready to go!

You can make these pancakes large or small, depending on what you prefer. Choosing your toppings is the fun bit so let your imagination run wild; the possibilities are endless! If you’re not feeling too inspired by Pancake Day this year, then just continue to read this post and we will entice you with some amazing ideas.

 

TOPPINGS:

1)   HEALTHY & FRESH - Greek Yoghurt, fresh berries or any fruit of your choice and a drizzle of golden honey. This is a simple, delicious, great if you’re having your pancakes for breakfast and do not want to over indulge.  

2)   FRO-YO WITH A CRUNCH - Frozen yoghurt, maple syrup & pecans ; once again, a slightly healthier alternative becau se of the frozen yoghurt which is beautifully refreshing and sweetened perfectly with the maple syrup, while the crumbled pecans add a lovely crunch.

3)   PEANUT BUTTER GLORY - Chocolate, peanut butter & banana is just the best combination of flavours. The amazing sweetness from the banana and chocolate contrast with the saltiness from the peanut butter. If you want to make these extra special, dollop with a scoop of our Salted Caramel ice cream too.

4)   LOTUS OVERLOAD - Lotus syrup and lotus ice cream for the ultimately indulgent pancakes. Add Biscoff Spread and milk in a bowl and heat in a microwave for short time (5 seconds). Mix well until you get a liquid mixture. Add a nice scoop of our Lotus Caramelised Biscoff ice cream onto the pancakes and pour over the syrup while still hot, you can even crumble over some traditional lotus biscuits and blueberries as the final touch - lotus heaven!


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