Where to Find the Best Ice Cream in Devon

Enjoying really good quality ice cream is one of life’s pleasures. Searching out a selection of the best ice cream in Devon is a challenge my family has, not surprisingly, agreed join me in. These days delicious artisan ice cream is not hard to find, but it helps to know where to look.

My ice cream research is mainly based in East Devon with personal recommendations from friends further west.  Devon is well known for its lush green pastures and high quality of milk. Any chef will tell you to start with the best raw ingredients and that is what these entrepreneurs have done.  It’s no surprise that clotted cream (best served as a cream tea) is another popular Devon export.

Read on for a round up of some of these best ice cream in Devon.

Otter Valley Dairy near Honiton

A wide range of innovative flavours made in the gelato style of ice cream at Otter Valley Dairy is a key feature of this family run business. Starting like many producers diversifying from their own dairy herd.

A little shed just off the A30 near Honiton was a popular stop off for many locals and travellers. Fast forward 10 years and now there is a stunning new Field Kitchen.  A huge open plan oak beamed cafe offers a range of pizza with fabulous views of the countryside. There is plenty of space to sit outside as well.

Otter Valley Dairy view best Devon ice cream

There was a choice of sorbets at Otter Valley Dairy as well as a chocolate almond milk vegan option, perfect for my dairy free daughter.

Otter Valley Dairy ice cream


Furzeleigh Down Dairy

Handmade from the farm’s own milk near Axminster, this is another gem of a place to enjoy ice cream.  Starting off selling at local events including River Cottage, Furzeleigh Down Dairy ice cream is now being sold from a small cafe at the farm.

Known as Diamond’s Tea Room, this family team are gaining a great reputation locally for delicious homemade cakes and a welcoming atmosphere.

The views across the valley are fantastic and who can argue with an ice cream called Devon Heaven.

Furzeleigh Down Dairy Ice Cream

Honiton Dairy

This seasonal ice cream shop on Honiton High Street has been popular with locals including my brother, for years.  A huge range of flavours, homemade with clotted cream.  Look out for the giant ice cream cone on the pavement when it’s open. 

Taste of Sidmouth

This has been recommended to me and I have yet to make a visit. Looking at reviews I don’t think we’ll be disappointed. Located in the heart of Sidmouth it’s a short walk to the beach to enjoy the sea views.

Ice cream is handmade on the premises. Their salted caramel and pink grapefruit sorbets both won a Gold at the Taste of the West awards in 2019.  The shop also serves takeaway sandwiches, pasties, sausage rolls waffles and drinks.

The Creamery  – Budleigh Salterton

Just along the road from Sidmouth is Budleigh Salterton.  A gem of a town with a long promenade, pastel blue beach huts and lovely local walks. Budleigh Salterton is all the better for its traditional ice cream parlours.

The Creamery has recently started to sell Marco’s Gelato – traditional Italian style ice cream made locally.  Gelato uses more milk and less cream and is made a little differently to traditional cream based ice cream.

Granny Gothards – Budleigh Salterton

Also in Budleigh you will find Granny Gothards. Originally made in Somerset, production has grown and is now in mid Devon, so it gets a place on the list. Seems like you’ll be spoilt for choice in Budleigh Salterton.  Just the ticket after a good walk around the coast path or exploring the beach and river estuary.

waffle ice cream cone

Orange Elephant – Taverners Farm

To the West of Exeter near Kennford Village, this popular ice cream parlour also has outdoor play areas, donkeys and pigs to visit as well as a seasonal maize maze on the farm. The orange elephant is the nickname given to the very large, traditional breed of red coloured Devonshire milking cows.  The cows produce rich creamy milk, perfect for ice cream. Many people who have driven past on the A38 will also remember seeing a large orange elephant slide on the side of the road. That was by coincidence adopted by Taverners Farm after the old Little Chef at Haldon Hill closed. It has since been replaced by a new version that guards an ice cream!

Ice cream at the farm is made in small batches, comes highly recommended and is very high up on my list of places to visit. I’m told they cater for a range of appetite sizes, or maybe that means we can just try more flavours.  You can also opt for a decadent ice cream sundae or just go for coffee and cake in the cafe.



South Devon Ice Cream

Surfing Cow Ice Cream

near Mothecombe Beach, Plymouth.  First open in 2018, this homemade ice cream is sold from a shop on the farm that you can enjoy in the large garden overlooking the sea.  Rich creamy milk come from a herd of cross bred Jersey cows, which you may well spot grazing. In the summer you can also challenge yourself round the farm’s maize maze.  Surfing Cow Ice Cream is also sold at various retail outlets including Combe Farm Shop in Gittisham.  Diary intolerant and vegans are not forgotten either with more than just a sorbet to choose from.

Nearby is the picturesque Mothecombe Beach.  This privately owned spot is a short drive away, parking charges apply and then it’s a walk to the beach.
Sounds like the perfect combination for a day out near Plymouth.

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Salcombe Dairy

Award winning ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbets made in South Devon. With shops in Salcombe, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge this is popular with locals and visitors in the South Hams area. It’s also sold in retail outlets, cafes and restaurants.

I see they have started making their own Bean to Bar chocolate as well which sounds right up my street.

Dartmouth Ice Cream credit Devon with Kids

Dartmouth Ice Cream

Another place for delicious looking ice cream, this has been recommended by a friend who is a Dartmouth local.  Claire,  founder of Devon with Kids is always out and about on the hunt for great places to recommend for days out and holidays.

Dartmouth Ice Cream is one of the oldest manufacturers of ice cream in Devon and is an independent, family run business.  It’s main shop, The Good Intent in Dartmouth offers 22 varieties as well as an array of sweet treats.  You can take away a cream tea, cakes, fudge, milkshakes and lots of delightful Devon produce. 

All their ice creams and sorbets are homemade locally. Plus you can choose ‘Wow‘ cones which are dipped in chocolate, chocolate and honeycomb, or a pink, white and blue sugar dipped yoghurt.  As if I needed any more encouragement! There is also an outlet in Kingsbridge.


Dartmoor Ice Cream Company

Made in small batches and available from a range of local retail outlets and restaurants as well as home delivery if you live on Dartmoor.


Gelato Quay

Only opened on 4th July, this new gelateria in Torquay has a been given the thumbs up by a friend.  Offering at least 20 flavours of Gelato and Sorbetto all handmade by an Italian chef. Head along to enjoy a taste of Italy in the English Riviera.

ice cream blue sky photo credit GG LeMere Unsplash

Wow I can feel my waistline expanding just researching this!  Now I really need to try all of these! 

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Photo credits: me, Amanda J,  Heather Barnes , Nas Mato and GG Le Mere on Unsplash


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