FOOD & DRINK
Shere Delights 1 Middle St, Shere Perhaps all that picture-perfect Shere needed to complete its idyllic image was a quaint olde sweet shop and possibly an ice cream parlour. Well, thanks to Gillian Akroyd that’s exactly what they got when she opened up both under the name of Shere Delights. “My daughter and I were feeding the ducks in Shere just after Christmas 2011,” she says. “We were standing facing the empty flower shop, which now houses Shere Delights, wondering what I would do if the shop were mine. It was literally a light bulb moment and 2 months later, Shere Delights opened its door to the public.” So it was and so the shop has become a favourite of locals and visitors to Shere drawn to its ice cream counter and fantastic selection of flavours. The shelves above hold jars of every sweet your inner child fondly remembers, and for your inner grown up they also sell some of the finest artisan chocolates available. This year, the emporium have also gone mobile with their first vintage, 1940s style ice cream bicycles that can be hired for weddings, parties and corporate functions. www.sheredelights.co.uk
Creams – Woking
Dylan’s Ice Cream Barn – Haslemere
19-21 Chertsey Road, Woking
1 Junction Place, Wey Hill, Haslemere
A departure from your traditional ice cream parlour, Creams instead boasts a neo-soaked, nightclub interior, glinting surfaces, booths and al fresco seating – and more ice cream than you can shake a cornetto at. Seriously; one look at their gleaming display offers a selection of flavours as tantalising as they are –occasionally – bewildering (looking at you, Red Bull).
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Dylan is the eponymous mastermind behind Dylan’s Ice Cream, but that would actually be Ben Govier who mastered the gelato arts while at University in 2007 and then sold his creations from an ice cream van back home in Liphook.
And while you could go down the cone route, their sundaes are truly unmissable: towering glass glories packed with scoops of whatever flavour you like, spiked with wafers, fruit and drizzled with sweet syrups. I get brain-freeze just thinking about them. It’s no wonder Creams have become popular for kids’ birthdays as well as adults indulging their inner child along with their sweet tooth.
They proved such a hit that Ben has since opened Dylan’s Milk Barn in Haslemere, a fresh, cheery ice cream diner offering his uber-cool recipes made with milk from dairy cows down the road in Petersfield. They include distinctive and unique flavours such as malt, honeycomb, plum crumble and, um, brown bread. Oh, and Dylan himself? That’ll be Ben’s black Labrador. Everyone needs a mascot, right? www.dylansicecream.co.uk