Must-visit ice cream parlours in Oxfordshire

With the sun shining and the country united in celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, there’s only one thing that could make the long weekend any better – and that’s an ice cream. The versatile dessert is synonymous with summer, and it is hard to enjoy one without the other. Of course it can be hard to know where to go for a decent-sized scoop and some unique flavours – but we have you covered.

We have compiled some of the county-s must-visit ice cream parlours in to one handy list. Featuring hidden gems and places that are not afraid of experimenting with flavours, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. : ‘I went to the North Aston restaurant in a yurt and wondered why it didn’t have a Michelin star’

Oxford

G&Ds

Scattered across three locations across the city, G&Ds is a popular spot for ice cream. The Little Clarendon shop was established in 1922, and it now has sites in St Aldates and Cowley Road too. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to flavours.

Swoon Located on Oxford’s High Street, Swoon’s ice cream is soft and creamy and inspired by Italy. It offers all of the classic Italian flavours as well as some more experimental ones, so there’s something for everyone here.

iScream This ice cream shop is found in the heart of Oxford’s iconic Covered Market where everything is made on site. As well as classic flavours, the team at iScream also offer a wide range of sorbets as well so whether you want dark and rich or fruity and refreshing, they have you covered.

Adria This one is located away from the city centre, in Headington. It is actually a pizzeria that serves handmade ice cream on a rotation of flavours, so whether you get it as a dessert after your meal or as a snack during the day, you don’t have to be in the centre of the city to satisfy your cravings.

Alfonso Gelateria This little ice cream truck is stationed in Summertown and prides itself on the Italian flavours that it brings to its recipes. Having started as a way for an Italian to reconnect with his culture and share it with Oxford, it has now become a Summertown staple business.

Banbury

Roses of Bloxham

Located in Banbury’s trendy Lock 29, Roses of Bloxham offers more than just ice cream, with milkshakes and crepes also on the menu.

Bicester

Oliphant’s Artisan Ice Cream This little food truck in Bicester Village offers up the perfect refreshment before, during or after a hard day of shopping. The Milk Shed

Given the name, you would assume these guys know their way around dairy, and although a bit outside the town, a trip to this artisan eatery is taken by many. They also do some mean looking sundaes at this rural food stop.

Abingdon

R&R Though technically a creperie, they also serve lovely ice cream with fresh fruit.

With outdoor seating on offer, you can soak up every single ray of sunshine while you eat.

Henley-on-Thames

The Willow Basket Henley With tens of flavours to choose from, you will be struggling to choose at this central Henley ice cream shop. They also offer edible cups so if you aren’t a fan of a cone but don’t want to be wasteful, then look no further!

Sage & Squash This cafe offers both fresh food and tasty ice cream and sorbets, so whether you want a bite for lunch or just a refreshing snack, this Bell Street-based eatery has you covered. Want the latest food from across Oxfordshire?

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