Ever since I was a little girl there were two words - ok, technically three! - that used to put a smile on my face. "Shepherds" and "Ice Cream". Shepherds is a bit unique to The Gower Pennisula in Swansea in that as one travels from picturesque beach to picturesque beach you dont tend to come across anywhere you can stop for supplies that you can rely on. There is the odd kiosk or van which peddles expensive Cornetto's and warm panda colas, but for the average tourist or picnic-er you are generally lumbered with bringing all of your bits and bobs with you. Happily in Parkmill, this is not the case thanks to Shepherds. Parkmill is an accessible stop over between many of the popular bays in the area, and Shepherds is a large general store/ice-cream parlour/cafe/bucket and spade store that is situated centrally to the area. It is a difficult store to classify as it really does cater for almost all - there is an excellent range of sandwiches, cold drinks, wines and the aforementioned ice-creams (of which more in a second!) You can buy magazines and papers from a limited range, and there is a small selection of beach toys in the summer. The recent addition of a small cafe means that one can grab something more substantial than a sandwhich - I must admit I havent eaten in there as yet, but it is always busy in tourist season so seems to have much to recommend it. Now. The Ice-creams. There has always been a vast range - or so it seemed to my childs eyes - at the store. As a youngster it was a big hot weather treat to travel down to Shepherds in the car to sit on the benches outside and have our icecreams. The shop now sells Carte D'or icecream which does seem to have limited the range somewhat, but hey - a summer tradition is always a summer tradition! For tourists there is also a small deli counter which stocks local produce - cheese, hams, chocolates - which would make a good gift. If you are visiting Swansea I would say S
hepherds is certainly worth putting on your Gower tour schedule - there is certainly nothing to rival it locally.