Saturday, 2 November 2013

Udderlicious (Islington) - best ice-cream in London


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It's not exactly the season for ice-cream but TT is thoroughly smitten with this all natural ice-cream and sorbet setup along Islington Upper Street.

Address: 187 Upper St, Islington
London N1 1RQ
Phone: 079 5765 6116
Nearest Tube station:
Highbury & Islington

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £5pp
Service charge: N/A
Taste: *****
Service: ****
Ambience: ****
What is the best ice-cream made of? Unicorn tears and rainbow drops. So proclaims the wall art of Udderlicious, the latest addition to Upper Street. And it must be true for their ice cream is heavenly and simply the best I had in a long while.

When I first spotted Udderlicious, I thought the timing was rather odd. To launch an ice cream business as temperatures plunge must be a test of faith. Yet it probably is not such a far fetched idea after all for surely there must be days when one just craves for sweeties. Well at least that was how I found myself drawn to Udderlicious one afternoon.

Udderlicious is owned and run by a friendly husband and wife team who has done an excellent job with the decor. The ice cream parlour has a light and airy feel with a lovely swing seat being the centre piece. They sell both ice cream and sorbet and have around a dozen flavours at any one time, mostly traditional (chocolate, pistachio, cookie and cream) with a couple more exotic flavours (pumpkin and cinnamon, anyone?). I had a strawberry sorbet which was a revelation. One taste of this and you would not be able to look at strawberry sorbet in the same way again. Most versions taste faintly of strawberry jam but this brings to mind real strawberries. It felt like summer all over again. I was hooked and asked to sample their salted caramel ice cream. It hit all the right notes with the contrast of saltiness and sweetness done perfectly.

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The lady boss explained that it was their dream to run an ice cream business and they had spent years taking courses and experimenting with various ingredients and flavours before embarking on this venture. They use natural and fresh ingredients as much as possible which explains why their ice cream taste so much better than the commercial versions. They had wanted to launch the business in summer but due to a delay in getting the keys they had to push back the launch date. Mystery solved!

Udderlicious makes and sells whole ice cream cakes as well. I have been trying to think of a reason to justify buying a whole ice cream cake. Perhaps I would substitute the turkey for an ice cream cake this year...


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