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8 great places to buy ice cream in Dorset

PUBLISHED: 16:25 20 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:30 20 July 2018

Traditional Italian gelato. Photo credit: Fotografium

Traditional Italian gelato. Photo credit: Fotografium


From creamy classics to inspiring new flavours of gelato, Dorset is home to some of the best ice cream parlours in the south west. With some help from our readers, we pick eight great places to indulge in a scoop this summer


Where can I find it? Rossi’s has been a firm landmark in Weymouth since 1937 and it’s the oldest ice cream shop in the town. With a coveted spot overlooking Weymouth Bay, it’s the perfect place to stop and buy an ice cold treat after a walk along the harbour.

Flavours: The gelato is made using an old and deliciously authentic family recipe. Flavours include peppermint and dark chocolate, coconut, salted caramel ripple and much more. We’ve also heard the banana sundae is really yummy.

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Baboo Gelato

Where can I find it? Baboo has kiosks in West Bay and Lyme Regis. The gelato is handmade in Bridport.

Flavours: Baboo gelato is created using organic milk and quality fruit and each kiosk has ten flavours to try at any time. From pralined walnut, to honeycombe or chocolate hazelnut swirl, there’s plenty to sate the appetite - they even do ice cream for dogs!

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Boho Gelato

Where can I find it? Tucked away in St Mary Street in Weymouth, just a short walk from the marina and harbour.

Flavours: Boho have created over 400 fresh and creamy flavours over the past eight years so there is always something novel to try. Expect fruity sorbets and inventive gelato (we like the sound of the carrot cake flavour). Their portions are super generous too.

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Frank and Beans Gelateria

Where can I find it? A fossil’s throw away from the seafront in Lyme Regis.

Flavours: This artisan gelateria makes ice cream the proper Italian way. Their unusual blends of blue cheese and walnut, and basil and chilli are produced alongside classic flavours such as rum and raisin and Madagascan vanilla. Random fact; gelato contains 50-60% less fat than ice cream (does this mean we can eat twice as much?).

Barford Farm

Where can I find it? Boasting a beautiful garden with a fish pond, Barford Farmhouse in Sturminster Marshall is an idyllic spot to refuel with an ice cream after a summer ramble around the Kingston Lacey estate. Dogs are welcome here too.

Flavours: During the summer months, Barford Farm sells a huge range of homemade ice creams using milk from the farm’s very own cows. Expect to see all of the traditional flavours alongside some more creative options such as whiskey and marmalade. You can buy one litre tubs from the shop to take home with you.

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Lollipop Gelato LAB

Where can I find it? Slap bang in the centre of town in Bournemouth Triangle - the perfect pit stop to indulge in an ice cream whilst out shopping.

Flavours: Using techniques and flavours from Sicily, Lollipop Gelato serves authentic Italian ice cream with whimsical names such ‘Berry Poppins’ and ‘Tira-Miss-You’. The parlour is notorious for its ice cream topped waffles with all of the trimmings and there’s ten vegan gelato flavours available too.

Giggi Gelateria

Where can I find it? You can find the main branch in Bournemouth with seasonal shops in Poole and Swanage.

Flavours: Giggi Gelateria sells a range of tasty ice creams, milkshakes, waffles and more with ingredients supplied by local producers. Owner Luigi Bray grew up in Italy and sources his ideas from old family recipes. The ice cream is displayed in colourful and inviting rows and flavours include banoffee pie, cheesecake, peanut but, Crunchie and Christmas pudding.

Finley’s Cafe

Where can I find it? Finley’s Cafe can be found right next to Lulworth Cove. It’s an ideal spot to cool off with an ice cream after a hot summer’s day spent swimming and sunbathing.

Flavours: Finley’s Cafe sources its ice cream from Marshfield Farm in neighbouring Somerset. They stock all 26 flavours including 5 sorbets. We like the sound of the gingerbread and clotted cream. The cafe also does ice cream milkshakes. Yum!


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