Have you spotted the new ice-cream for sale in Verulamium Park this summer? Lewis of London ice-cream is made on Fold Farm, Barnet, with all the milk from cows raised on the farm. The Inn on The Park are responsible for ice-cream sales in the park, and as you can imagine, they take this very seriously at this time of year. Wendy and her team visited Fold Farm a few months ago to meet the cows, and the family who look after them, and decided to bring the ice-cream to St Albans.
Fold Farm has been home to the Lewis family for three generations, since 1962, and brothers Rhys, David and Owen Lewis run it today. The ice-cream is made in small batches, using ingredients sourced from British producers, where possible.
Inn on the Park sells the Lewis of London ice-cream in its trailer ‘Doris’. We found Doris by the playground in Verulamium Park, though it does sometimes swap location with the other trailers, Bill and Ben. Bill and Ben will continue to sell the very popular Kelly’s ice-cream. You can find Doris throughout the summer, in the afternoons – if the good weather lasts Doris will stay out until October.
The flavours include all the classic favourites, including mint choc chip (it’s white, not the usual green), strawberries and cream, vanilla, raspberry ripple, chunky chocolate and honeycomb crunch. I tried them all, with the help of an 8-year old, to be able to report back to The Herts Ad readers, and found all the flavours to be delicious. I think the Lewis of London ice-cream tasted lighter and more refreshing than Kelly’s, and reminded me of home-made, but Kelly’s is a good choice if you like a very creamy ice-cream. The added ingredients were very high quality – you can really taste the pieces of raspberry, and the chocolate has good-sized chunks of dark chocolate.
Both Lewis of London and Kelly’s cost £2.20 for one scoop in a waffle cone or cup (two scoops are £3.50). Only Kelly’s is sold in the cafe at the moment so you will have to look for Doris if you want to try the Lewis of London.
In St Albans town centre, in addition to the usual Wednesday Street Market, there is a lovely Foodie Market in Market Place (outside Jack Wills), which is perfect for summer snacks and lunches. There is a good selection of stalls, including Hatch who were selling hot sausages, and Yummy Mummy’s from Harpenden selling cupcakes. There was also an interesting selection of olive oils for sale, and I tried some of the falafels from Popina, although the quiches and wraps looked good too. There were also gluten-free cakes, Artisan chocolate, South African foods and unusual confectionery. The Foodie Market will be on until the end of the school holidays and is just a short walk from the Vintry Gardens if you want to find a good spot for a picnic. It has already proved popular with visitors and other stallholders so it may well continue!
Queen of Herts Garden Fete
Liz Thompson, a.k.a baker The Queen of Herts is holding her annual Garden Fete on Sunday 7th September. This is a very popular event with our readers as it is a chance to try baking by Liz who usually sells wedding and special occasion cakes. Every penny taken on the day goes to the Multiple Sclerosis Trust and Parkinson’s UK, and so far Liz and team have raised almost £3,500. Held in the garden at 28 Manland Avenue, Harpenden, AL5 4RF (1-4pm) you will be able to buy cupcakes, tray bakes, fruit crumbles, teas, coffees, soft drinks and flowers. Children can decorate biscuits and there will be the chance to win a bespoke birthday cake. For adults there’s a ‘guess the flavour’ competition to win a bottle of bubbly, and a raffle with great prizes.