From cow to cone

We’ve teamed up with Emma & Pete who own North Cotswold Dairy in Long Compton.  All the milk we use to produce our ice cream is now sourced locally, which means the freshest milk. The Cotswold Dairy herd are award winning and with names like Mabel, MadCap, GoodLuck, Cameo, Nell and Edna what’s not to love. The milk is delivered in reusable churns which enormously reduces our recycled waste plastics.

We’ve been making a conscious effort to reduce our carbon footprint, as we feel it’s everyone’s responsibility to do their bit to reduce emissions.

Compostable take away coffee cups should now be a given for all coffee shops.  We recycle plastic ice cream spoons. Having had lots of debates as to which is better, using wooden ice cream spoons(which even if they are made with sustainable trees, use a valuable resource) or plastic spoons which can be washed, sanitised and used again.  It’s one of those 6 of one and half a dozen of the other kinda discussions.  We’d be interested to hear your views.

The big straw debacle continues, everyone hated seeing the horrific results of non biodegradable straws in our oceans on the Blue Planet. So, we’ve decided to generally discourage the use of straws, and the ones we stock are 100% compositable.  A lovely lady from A Rubbish Friends Initiative called in to the shop and told us about “Press Pause on Plastic Straws” which we support wholeheartedly. We sold reusable metal straws last year, but they didn’t fly off the shelf, let us know if you think it’s something you’d be interested in buying if we stocked them again?

Festive flavours & cocktails

As any of our regulars will know, we thoroughly enjoy creating themed flavours for special days, and Christmas is no exception.  This festive season Sasha and Amelia (our creative team in the kitchen) have given us, Santa’s Grotto, Christmas pudding, Brandy butter, Gingerbread Deluxe, Fig Cheesecake, Spiced Orange & Cranberries, and lots more.

Festive drinks come hot or cold. Winter wonderland Hot chocolate and Hot chocolate Orange have been really popular with customers. Cocktail making training is always popular with our team and The Gingerbread Bellini and Cranberry Sours were definitely two of the staff favourites.

Take home pots

Our new take home pots are here. Launched at the Warwickshire Food and Drink event, the super cute pots are reusable at home and recyclable!  We’ve put a range of flavours in our new mini display freezer and there are even great little Hooray’s freezer cool bags to carry your treats home.

It’s a bit of a secret…

Shhhhh…. Don’t tell anyone it’s live music night on Thursday nights in the bar….

So there’s a rumour going round that we have a secret cocktail bar, this might be true……  the only way to know for sure is to pop in and check for yourself !!

Kate’s Storytree and a Teeny tiny tots meal deal

In November we started hosting Kate’s storytree on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30.  It’s open to children of all ages.  Many of you may know Kate from other venues.  At Hooray’s it’s a free session and it’s being enjoyed by kids and mums alike.  After story time the mums enjoy a coffee and a chat, and for the kids there’s a special meal deal, a healthy platter with a mini sandwich, mini fruit salad, carrot ribbons, a Fruella juice carton and of course a free mini scoop of ice cream for pud.

Stratford food & drink festival

In September we were at the Stratford food & drink festival with Hennie, our vintage VW camper ice cream van.  It was great to hear the visitors complimenting Hennie, and saying “0oh look it’s Hoorays!”  We even made an appearance in the festival cookery demonstration tent, which was terrifying but also so much fun

Showing the audience how to make and decorate semi-freddo’s, a type of iced mousse.  The samples certainly went down well, as did our competition to answer 3 questions about Hooray’s and suggest a new flavour and win a large take home tub.  Our winner had all the questions right, and her suggestion was Strawberry and black pepper, which turned out to be quite a challenge to make, as the quantity of black pepper to include was incredibly difficult to get just right.  

Party Party!!

Gin & gelato nights, hen nights, baby showers and of course lots of parties

We have hosted so many parties this year, from baby showers to an 80th birthday party.  Our upstairs bar and lounge area works brilliantly for informal celebrations and of course children’s parties.  It’s not just ice cream at Hooray’s, in addition to our regular menu we offer savoury party buffets and a licensed bar. It’s an ideal venue for all types of get togethers.  Get in touch on info@hooraysgelato to find out how we can help you plan your next celebration.

Introducing Craft Shakes and Paletts

Our Craft Shakes and Palettes are proving to be popular.  If you’re asking yourself what on earth are they??  Here’s a quick description – take the Oreo Stack from our Craft Shake menu, it’s a Oreo flavoured milk shake, with a chunk of chocolate cake, cream, chocolate sauce and a stack of Oreo cookies all balanced on the top of a mason jar glass….. so outrageous!

We came up with the idea of palettes for those of you who’d love to have a larger section of either gelato or sorbet flavours without having a huge quantity.  Served on an artists palette you can choose up to 10 different flavours.

Sigep – The world of gelato

Back in February we attend Sigep the massive gelato expo held in Rimini, Italy.  It’s amazing to see what a big industry gelato is worldwide.   We came back with lots of exciting new flavour ideas and fabulous tortellini from Bologna.

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