Top five Ice Cream Parlours



There's something very reassuring about family traditions. We create them by going back to magical places that are special to us or repeating activities at particular times during the year. What are yours?

At Salt-Water we love a good old ice cream parlour and we’ve all got one we love. So here’s a list of our Top five in the UK



Photo courtesy of Joe's Ice Cream in Swansea Photo courtesy of Joe's Ice Cream in Swansea


Joe’s Ice Cream Parlour began as an early workers cafe in the Swansea Valley. Like many other men of his generation, Luigi Cascarini came to Wales in search of work and was surprised to find a lack of cafes for workmen. Before long he’d opened a series of them and when his eldest son Joe was old enough he brought him over to Wales to help him. It was Joe who decided to sell ice-cream in the cafes and using a secret recipe from his home in Italy he introduced Swansea to the unique taste of Joe’s Ice Cream. The recipe remains unchanged and the place is always packed, even in winter.



Marine Ices Marine Ices


Gaetano Mansi opened his first ice-cream parlour in Chalk Farm in 1931. His skills and knowledge of all things icey were handed down to his son Gino who carried on the tradition for a huge following of North Londoners who’ve been eating Marine Ices for years. When Gino decided to retire, The Myatt family from Suffolk stepped up to seamlessly continue trading Marine Ices in Chalk Farm. They are a British family with a long tradition of ice cream making so recognised the importance of inheriting Gaetano's legacy

Paul Myatt, comments “We recognise just how popular Marine Ices is in Camden – it`s been part of the local community since the 1930s – and so many people who have been visiting the parlour since their childhood now bring along their children. So when we heard the original parlour was going to close we felt we had to step in to save this much-loved institution. Our simple ambition is to ensure that North Londoners can continue to enjoy founder Gaetano Mansi`s fabulous ice cream.”

The original site is sadly no more but they've opened an ice cream bar further down the road at Old Dairy Mews, 61 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AN with plans to open a wisteria covered terrace in the summer of 2015. Bravo!



The Scappaticcio's outside the parlour's earliest incarnation The Scappaticcio's outside the parlour's earliest incarnation


The wonderfully named S.Luca of Musselburgh is based in the seaside town of Musselburgh on the outskirts of Edinburgh. It was opened originally as the Olympia café in 1908 by Luca Scappaticcio and his wife Anastasia. They rented a shop and spent long hours boiling and mixing the milk, sugar and butter until it became custardy. They had to walk from their home in Edinburgh out to their shop every day. Their hard work paid off and the business has been passed down through three generations, survived the war years and continues to flourish today.




Morelli’s first opened on the seafront at Broadstairs in Kent in 1932. Prior to that Guiseppe Morelli had been selling his trademark gelato off the back of his bicycle. The iconic store continues to serve loyal customers today and is a great example of Art Deco design. Morelli’s Broadstairs has recently been used as a film set for an upcoming film about Alan Bennett, it’s worth a visit for the décor alone.





This traditional English ice cream has been produced in the Cotswolds since 1925. Albert Winstone began making and dispensing ice–creams from his farmhouse kitchen on the edge of National Trust common land and delivering them to the locals on his motor cycle and side car.

Today the factory stands on the original spot where it all began and the views are truly lovely. If you’re in the West Country be sure to get a Winstones!

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