Local, quality ingredients are paramount for Archers: their milk comes from pedigree Jersey cows at New Moor Farm, and the rich tang of their rhubarb variety comes from their own homegrown champagne rhubarb. Along with the old standards, there are excursions into lemon cheesecake, tiramisu, amaretto, ginger and Kenyan-born properietor John Archer’s childhood favourite passionfruit.
The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD 01748 828263
New Moor Farm, Walworth Gate, Darlington DL2 2UD 01325 300336
The Hub, 28–29 Th e Esplanade, Redcar TS10 3AE. 01642 296502
Spurreli’s strong suit is in natural, fruity fl avours: the wild buckthorn is a particular favourite, but you’ll not go far wrong with the elderflower and ginger or Sicilian lemon either. Th is buzzing parlour backs onto the Amble marina with its views out across the Coquet, so you’ve a ready-made route for a wander aft erwards to make you feel slightly less guilty.
The Old Chandlery, Coquet Street, Amble NE65 0DJ
01665 710890 www.spurreli.com
3. DODDINGTON DAIRY
A proper country farm, Doddington Dairy has long set the standard for regional specialities as well as high-grade takes on the classics. Sample a taste of what a Roman Centurion might have jabbed his fl ake into on a hot June day on Hadrian’s Wall – think wild berries and honey – or Geordie staples like Newcastle Brown Ale, Alnwick Rum and Heather Honey, the latter of which is made using honey from the famed Chain Bridge Honey Farm.
North Doddington Farm, Wooler NE71 6AN
01668 283010 www.doddingtondairy.co.uk
4. TUTTI FRUTTI
Slamming the Fift ies nostalgia into overdrive, the sundaes here are all named for era-appropriate tunes: Heartbreak Hotel, Johnny B Goode, Sweet Nothing and the like. The latter is a particular delight: bubblegum and strawberry ice cream with popping candy, jelly babies, strawberry sauce and whipped cream.
8 East Street, Sunderland SR6 7BX
07467 141636 www.tuttifruttiwhitburn.co.uk
5. MARK TONEY
This Newcastle institution has been in the same family for 120 years – great-grandson Antony is now at the reins – and this continuity has helped Mark Toney to retain the skills and standards which made it such a hit in the fi rst place. Th eir ice creams are still handmade in Benton, and range from cherryand chocolate stracciatella to a pink candy fl oss creation with marshmallow ripple. Dreamy.
53 Grainger Street, Newcastle NE1 5JE 0191 232 7794
91 Percy Street, Newcastle NE1 7RW 0191 232 1021
30–31 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle NE1 5QF 0191 261 4403 www.marktoney.co.uk
6. ALANDA’S GELATERIA
‘But what of the 99 Flake? The Cornetto? The unfairly maligned Screwball?’, you might say. Nonsense: try Alanda’s Gelateria and tell us we’re wrong. Their range of takes on the denser, richer, more continentally alluring cousin of ice cream includes all the greatest hits, plus more esoteric, American-influenced flavours like Reece’s Pieces and Kinder Bueno.
1 Quality Street, Berwick
01620 894444 www.facebook.com/helateriaalandas
7. SHAKES ICE CREAM CAFÉ
This friendly café is a huge favourite with locals, and small wonder: the rotating cast of themed shakes and ice creams keep Shakes at the front of the pack of fun, neon-coloured, highly original foodie destinations around Teesside.
35–37 High Street, Stockton
07516 018840 www.facebook.com/quakesforshakes
One of the nouveau-retro American diner-styled places which are popping up around the country, Kaspa’s don’t do things by halves. ‘More is more’ is the ethos here, judging by a menu which is enough to induce brainfreeze just by looking at it: take, for instance, the tropical paradise, with banana, coconut and mango ice cream plus peach and kiwi syrups, whipped cream and kiwi, strawberry and pineapple fruit pieces. There are branches coming to Sunderland and Middlesbrough soon too.
100–102 Clayton Street, Newcastle NE1 5PG
0191 260 5880 www.kaspas.co.uk
From udder to cornet, everything happens on-site at Wheelbirks. While that might sound terribly traditional, the farm isn’t afraid to experiment: in the past they’ve put together flavours like coffee and croissant, passionfruit cheesecake and the frankly baffling garlic and balsamic vinegar. Try them out in their bright, comfy parlour.
Wheelbirks Farm, Stocksfield, NE43 7HY
07717 282014 www.wheelbirks.co.uk
Regarded by many as the capo di tutti capi of the ice cream scene on the coast, Di-Meos has been around since 1925, and has captured the tastebuds of generations of sun-blanched beachgoers with its authentically creamy gelatos. More than that, they’ve just won the prize for Best Artisan Dairy Ice Cream at the 2016 National Ice Cream Awards, as well as a silver medal for their frozen yoghurt.
9 Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay NE26 1LX
0191 252 3814 www.facebook.com/ DiMeosIceCream
11. MORWICK DAIRY ICE CREAM
Morwick’s purpose-built Warkworth parlour comes with a window through which you can watch the whole of the ice cream-making process and the cows which kindly donated their milk for this noble enterprise will be pottering about only a few yards away – do remember to say thanks when you go. There’s also a very handy adventure playground on which the kids can work off the brunt of the sugar rush too.
Warkworth, Northumberland NE65 9DG
01665 711210 www.royaldouble.com