Autumn newsletter 2014
Well it seems almost unbelievable that we are almost through September. The parlour has been so busy that the summer months flew by in the blink of an eye. With glorious weather through June and July the ice cream 'season' got off to a flying start and thanks to the lovely Indian summer it is still going strong. It seems that we no sooner put fresh batches on the freezer shelves than they are empty again – long may it continue!
Thanks to all our customers, the faithful who regularly taste our wares and the new converts, some of whom have sampled Granny Gothards delights for the first time whilst on holiday in the south west.
We are now supplying more and more food service customers thanks in large part to La Chasse who continue to distribute to customers for us further afield.
We are really thrilled that the lovely Steven Kiernan at Silver's Pantry, Prockters Farm, West Monkton in Taunton is stocking both our kits (more on those later) and a wide flavour selection of both 100ml and 500ml pots. Silver's Pantry is ideally located to serve both our Taunton and Bridgwater customers and Steven has the most delicious foods to tempt you as well as coffee and friendly service.
We would love even more outlets, retail and trade, for both our ices and kits so please get in touch if this is of interest to you wherever you may be located.
We have added some new flavours as you probably know if you follow us on Facebook and Twitter. They include Burnt Butter, Blueberry, White Chocolate and Guinness ice creams and Sour Cherry sorbet. We have also improved our chocolate ice cream which is now made with real Belgian chocolate. Although the weather is still very summery we are turning our attentions to the festive season so that we can hit the ground running. To old favourites of Bailey's and Christmas Pudding ice creams and Mulled Wine sorbet we are adding a really gorgeous Chocolate Orange Ice cream and yes, it is as delicious as it sounds!
Those of you who are regular listeners to BBC Somerset may already know that we welcomed the breakfast show's Emma Britton and her producer Dean Poolman at the parlour. Emma tried her hand at making ice cream for her 'Emma Tries' slot on her show as part of the Summer in Somerset season. What a great time we all had!
Emma made her own batch of Speckled Mint ice cream which she generously shared with her team back at the studio live on air.
We are particularly proud to announce success in this year's Great Taste awards. We were given 2 stars each for our Cinnamon ice cream and Beetroot And Horseradish sorbet. These awards are not easily come by and we join a very prestigious club of winners.
As promised earlier here is the wonderful news of the launch of Granny Gothards Original Ice Cream Kits. We told you in the last newsletter that they would be ready for sale in July and sales have exceeded all expectation. They are available at the moment in Vanilla, Honeycomb and Chocolate flavours. Please check out the kit pages on the website for more details and information on how and where you can get one to try for yourself.
If any of you are attending the Festive Gift Fair at the NEC from 20th- 23rd November then Amanda will be delighted to see you on the Granny Gothards Original Ice Cream Kit stand - number J42. She will have the 3 regular kits plus a special Christmas Pudding ice cream kit and some festive moulds! What a perfect and unique gift idea.
On a personal note I have to tell you that I (Granny Jean) will be hanging up my ice cream scoop at the end of September. Having come into the business world at a 'mature' age it is time for me to take things more easily and make way for younger blood. Granny Gothards will remain in Amanda's more than capable and safe hands and she will continue to take the business to wider markets and dizzier heights. There are already some very exciting new projects in the pipeline so please watch this space, Facebook and Twitter for announcements as and when they come to fruition.
I think I have covered everything so will just finish by wishing you all the very best from us at the parlour!