Sitting in my kitchen on a grey day, wrapped up in winter woollies, this post couldn’t be less ‘of the moment’. But just a week ago we were experiencing October’s hottest day ever, a veritable Indian summer. This was an event which without doubt called for both a trip to the Heath and to Hampstead’s #1 ice cream parlour.
Being the only ice cream fanatic in our family (though I’m sure Gastrobaby will join me in my passion soon enough), I stood alone in the queue, surrounded by adults and children alike. Serving Tea Pigs, Union coffee, Single Origin hot chocolate and natural probiotic frozen yoghurt, this place pulls in the young, free and single as well as hassled parents and sugar craving kids. The counter is crowded with sweet treats, and the menu boasts a super boost macha fruit smoothie, which at £6 seemed a little steep! Below all this sits nine tempting flavours of gelato, sourced from an Italian gelato producer, Il Gelato Di Ariela. This is real gelato, which avoids the use of all artificial flavourings and colourings.
A scoop of chocolate and a scoop of yogurt and sour cherry served in a cup was £2.80 when I went a week ago. The website now tells me however, that one scoop is £2.00, two is £3.00 and three is £4.00, while frozen yogurt starts at £1.50. The consistency of both flavours was soft and creamy, but the chocolate was disappointingly sweet. I was hoping for dark, rich and cocoa laden, but I suppose that might not have the younger clientele rushing back. The yogurt and sour cherry was delicious, holding back on the sugar and delivering a sour tang.
I’m unlikely to be revisiting Slice of Ice in the near future, but along with everyone else, I’ll be back when the sun reappears and we head to the Heath with a picnic rug. And next year, I’ll be enjoying my treat with Gastrobaby, who will have become Gastro-toddler.
Slice of Ice, 8 Flask Walk, Hampstead NW3 1HE
Overall score : 8/10
Mummy friendly score: 9/10 – what child doesn’t like ice cream?