Furzeleigh Down Dairy – discover great ice cream
Last year I spotted a hand written sign pointing down Cooks Lane simply reading “ice cream”. I needed no more encouragement to investigate. To my delight I discovered the lovely Val, selling hand made ice cream from her mobile ice cream van at the top of their farm entrance. Using milk from their own cows at Furzeleigh Down Farm in East Devon near Axminster, Val and her family were then starting out on their ice cream journey.
Being a farmer’s daughter myself, I appreciate the need for smaller farms to diversify in order to make up that income gap that we often hear about in our dairy industry. So that’s just what the Voysey family decided to do, although I have a sneaky feeling the they have been making ice cream in secret for years!
Fast forward a year and they really have moved on. Now Furzeleigh Down Dairy has a permeant home, a lovely wooden cabin that is the tea room and ice cream shop. Their ice cream and sorbets have won various awards and they even have celebrity endorsement from Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall – praise indeed! This year you’ll find their mobile unit at the River Cottage Autumn Fair.
… and did I mention how delicious the ice cream is?
Classic flavours like Chocolate or Strawberries and Cream are on offer, as well as their own inventions, Caramelised Fig (a best seller) and Devon Heaven as well as seasonal sorbets – you’ll just have to go and try them and let me know your favourite flavour. In fact you may have to go more than once!
Oh and did I mention the view?
Well if you wanted to show anyone not lucky enough to live round here a classic East Devon countryside scene then this is your spot. A stunning view across the Axe Valley, there really aren’t many places better to enjoy a cream tea or an ice cream, especially in the sunshine. The tea room has ample parking and a great space outdoors with picnic benches.
Whatever your age there is something magical about eating great ice cream!
Open every day except Mondays, 11am – 5pm, everyday during school holidays and on Bank Holidays this is a great place to meet friends. There are baby changing facilities, some toddler toys as well as a slide outside and space for little ones to run around.
If a relaxing cuppa is your preference then enjoy the local newspapers, browse the gift items on sale and have a chat with Val.
Do you need to hold a meeting? Then that can be accommodated too and there is WiFi.
So what are you waiting for, every day is an ice cream day!
From the A35 at the Hunter Lodge / Lyme Regis junction, turn towards Crewkerne on the B3165. After approx. 1 mile turn left down Cooks Lane – Furzeleigh Down is 600m on your right.
From Axminster head out of town uphill towards Lyme Regis on the Old Lyme Road. Follow the road and turn just left onto Cooks Lane just before this road meets the main A35. Furzeleigh Down is 800m on your left.
If you are coming from Lyme Regis head towards Axminster at Hunters Lodge and take the first right to Axminster then right again onto Cooks Lane. For the Sat Nav: Furzeleigh Down Dairy, Cooks Lane, Axminster, EX13 5SQ
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