Sustainability – Hooray’s Helps!
As a company, we’re very conscious of the impact we have on our environment, and we try our hardest to help where we can. Today we thought we’d write a blog about all the things we do at Hooray’s to help.
- Food miles
Food miles can really add up when you’re making ice cream, so we only use very local milk (North Cotswold Dairy is a family-run dairy farm that’s only 18 miles away from our shop in Stratford upon Avon). We get the delicious, creamy milk delivered in reusable milk churns, that are delivered daily by our friends at NCD!
- Eco-friendly cups/spoons
When people don’t want to stay in and enjoy their treats, we always offer them one of our biodegradable and compostable takeaway tubs! And we encourage our customers to utilise the recycling bins, just like we do! Our takeaway coffee cups are sustainably sourced too!
- Rave coffee
Rave supply the delicious beans for our hot coffees – they’re an amazing coffee roasting company based in Cirencester. They are hot on sustainability and are a 1% company (you can read more about that here!).We’ve also found a handy use for all of our used coffee grounds – they are really useful in the garden, and we give our grounds to our lovely customers!
- Duck food 🦆
If our delicious crunchy ice cream cones don’t get eaten, we’ve found a solution! Ducks looooove our crunchy cones, and we put our leftover cones out for all of our customers (and the ducks of Stratford upon Avon) to enjoy. It’s free, so help yourself!
- Less food waste
We always make our gelato in small batches, which means we’re never throwing ice cream away! Everything on our menu is made to order too, so we’re not left with piles of old waffles. All of the cake in our celebration range are made in our kitchen by our star baker Lindsey in small batches – so we never WASTE CAKE.
- We give back
We’re known in Stratford upon Avon for our generous nature – we give out free scoops of gelato every week, support our local primary schools and nearby charities by donating prizes, and we raise money for charity as much as we can!
- Seasonal menu
We change up our menu seasonally – not only does this mean you can treat yourself to new and exciting treats, it also means we don’t have a massive menu, so we don’t have to keep ingredients we don’t need… which means less waste all around!
We always strive to help out where we can, and if you have any suggestions – let us know! We’d love to hear your thoughts.
It’s finally December and we’re feeling very festive indeed! 🎄🎅🏻
The Hooray’s elves have been very busy decorating the shop, and we think it looks amazing! What do you think?
We’ve also been delivered a very magic post-box, where you can write and send your very own letter to Santa (fingers crossed you’re on the nice list this year). 🤞🏻
Our festive flavours hit the shop last week too – we’ve got some Christmas classics, like Chocolate Orange, Christmas Pudding, and Gingerbread… and some new favourites too, including Salted Caramel Mince Pie, Candy Cane, and even Christmas Tree flavour!
We’ve got a very busy month in the shop – with the launch of our winter menu (full of winter warmers – like Apple Pie, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Fruit Crumble… served with a scoop of course!), Christmas wreath making… There’s lots happening! We’re open every day from 11am until 6pm (5pm on Sundays!), serving up delishy delights!
Pop in and join us for a Hooray’s hot chocolate (or perhaps a Baileys…) and we hope you have a lovely Christmas!
Sasha & Sara X
Christmas Cookie Workshops at Hooray’s Gelato Kitchen
We’re ever so excited to announce some family fun for this winter… Christmas Cookie Decorating Workshops! 🎄
Treat yourself and your little ones at Hooray’s Gelato Kitchen this winter, and decorate some delicious hand-made Christmas cookies (baked by our in-house star-baker Lindsay) with festively fabulous icing, and wrap them up as a gift… Perfect for grandparents!
Tickets are £10 (plus booking fee), and go live tonight at 7.30pm!
Hooray’s at Home – Gooey Chocolate Brownie with Ice Cream Recipe
Hooray’s at Home – Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Recipe
Hogwarts at Hooray’s
It’s September… Summer is over!
To celebrate such a busy and hectic summer, and to thank our incredible team for working so hard all summer, we had a “we survived the summer” party – with delicious food, lots of prosecco, and all the laughs! Big thank you to The Vintner for such a fabulous evening, and an even bigger thank you to our hardworking team for being so bloody brilliant! ♥
If you’ve passed by the shop recently you will have noticed the shop has been Harry Potter-ified!
We’ve got a freezer full of wonderful & weird new flavours fresh from the wizarding world. Fancy a scoop of butter beer? Or a scoop of Aunt Petunia’s pudding perhaps?
We’ve also borrowed the infamous sorting hat from Hogwarts – don’t worry, we won’t kick you out if you’re in Slytherin!
Speaking of back to school, this month a lot of our team are off to university – we’re going to miss them so much and can’t wait for them to come back! ☹️
Last thing… If you’re a bit of a runner bean, and you’re taking part in Stratford’s Big 10K this Sunday, make sure to swing by the shop! We’re giving 10% off all your recovery waffles, scoops, and milkshakes. Just make sure you bring your race number with you!
And last thing – make sure you’re following us on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok to keep up to date with all of our news, favourite flavours, and behind-the-scenes!
We hope everyone has a fantastic month, and we’ll see you soon!
Sasha & Sara
It’s officially summer! ☀️
And we’ve really shaken things up in the shop last month. We’re now open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and we’re serving up PIZZA and cocktails. I know, right?
Every Friday is Pizza Friday – you can grab a slice with a cocktail (did we mention we do 2-4-1 cocktails too?). Booking is recommended – so make sure to let us know if you fancy popping along.
In other news, it’s our birthday on August 13th. Can you believe it – Hooray’s is NINE years old? And what a nine years it’s been!
Here are a few of our favourite moments…
We’ll be celebrating our birthday in true Hooray’s style – think balloons, sparkles, prosecco, and cake of course! Keep an eye out on our windows for some real party vibes!
Speaking of parties, we’re starting to get booked up for September and October, so if you’ve been thinking about throwing a Hooray’s party, get in touch. You can email us at email@example.com, and find more details on our website here.
We hope you’re all having a fabulous summer, and don’t forget to follow us on our socials:
Instagram – Facebook – TikTok
Lots of love,
Sasha & Sara X
Hello and happy July! 🌞
The sun has got his hat on (most of the time, anyway), so we thought we’d let you guys know about our online ordering system – less time queuing equals more time eating gelato with your loved ones!
It’s very simple – head to GoodEats.io/Hoorays on your phone (or computer, if you’re ordering on your lunch break!), hit the collection button, and make your choices.
Head to the shop and a member of our team will have your order ready and waiting for you!
Our online ordering system is perfect for lunch breaks, picnics by the river, afternoon treats with your little ones, or on those days when you just don’t want to queue!
In other news – it’s nearly the summer holidays! Kids break up from school on July 21st/22nd so why not treat your little ones to a treat? Booking is recommended! You can book a table with us by calling 01789 296613.
Make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook for more giveaways, insider gossip, and sneak peeks behind the scenes!
Sara & Sasha X
Hooray – it’s June! 🌞
And to kick the month off we’ve got a four-day break – four days to put your feet up and enjoy a scoop of gelato or three.
It’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and of course we’ve gone above and beyond with our shop decorations – if you haven’t seen our window display, come and have a look!
We’ve also got her royal highness scooping for us – she’s a bit slow, but we need all hands-on deck this weekend!
Our jubilee flavours are officially OUT – we’ve chosen some very British flavours, like cream tea, strawberries and cream, platinum party, and jubilee party.
Speaking of newness, our new menu launched last week! Have you tried anything from it yet? We’ve got a whole new range of waffles, crepes, craft shakes, and even… DONUTS! Have a peek at our Google for the menu, or keep your eyes peeled on our Instagram and Facebook!
We’re running two competitions this week –
- One to win yourself a Jubilee Gelato Cake – all you need to do is snap a selfie with our queenie in the shop & we’ll choose the winning selfie!
- And the other is to win your order AGAIN. Just take a quick pic of your Hooray’s order and you could win it AGAIN. We’re choosing a winner every day, so make sure to tag your photos with #hooraysnewmenu.
What else is going on in June?
We’ve got lots of birthday parties planned, Wimbledon begins at the end of the month – so watch out for some tennis-themed flavours, and we’re running some Learning with Hooray’s workshops with some local brownie groups! How exciting!
See you soon!
Sasha and Sara X
First things first – it was Star Wars Day on May 4th and what better way to celebrate than with our Star Wars inspired gelato?
As the weather is getting better, we thought we’d update you on where you can find Hooray’s while you’re out and about… ☀️
- North Cotswold Dairy
Emma and Pete look after the Hooray’s herd (this is where we get all of our milk to make our gelato) here and they also have an incredible farm shop, stocked with fresh and local produce. You can also buy fresh milk, and even milkshakes!
- The Rectory PYO
Imogen and her family run this amazing pick your own farm. Right now, it’s asparagus season but keep your eyes peeled on their socials because it’s strawberry season soon! Really fun family day out and they’ve recently opened an amazing kids play area so perfect for little ones!
- The Ladybird Restaurant at Laylocks Garden Centre
This lovely café has just had a massive makeover and it looks incredible! Pop in for locally sourced wholesome food (and Hooray’s, of course!).
- The Lime Tree Restaurant at Stratford Garden Centre
The Limetree Restaurant set at Stratford Garden Centre is one of our favourite spots for a quick bite to eat!
- Timothy’s Restaurant at Fosseway Garden Centre – and the play barn!
- Market Pantry
David and Yvonne run a stunning café in Broadway, serving the most delicious cakes, pastries, and puds! Special shout out to Yvonne’s brownies because they are DI-VINE.
- Loft Theatre
It’s always fun to catch a bit of live theatre and why not treat yourself to a pot of Hooray’s while you’re there?
- Sweet Treats at St Peter’s Garden Centre
These guys make the most delishy desserts – check them out on TikTok and make sure to go visit them this summer!
- And if you’re planning a summer party or event, get in touch with Granny Smith’s – they serve our ice cream from their truck!
And finally, it’s production meeting time – what’s your number one summer flavour? Any flavours you’re desperate to return to Hooray’s? Let us know (via email or contact us via our socials) and we might be able to make your dreams come true…
Oh and one last thing… We’ve been busy working on a brand-new menu, so keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for some sneaky peeks!
We’ll see you soon!
Lots of love
Sara & Sasha X