“ Addres: New Westgate Farm / Great Budworth / Cheshire / Northwich / England „
As I wrote a review last week on the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm I felt it only fair to dedicate a review to my more local haunt. The Great Budworth Ice Cream Farm is located much closer to my house and is as equally worth as the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm. In fact, as I've been visiting it for the past four or five years I can't understand why I haven't wrote a review sooner! This ice cream farm is located in Great Budworth which is a small village in Northwich in the county of Cheshire. It's easily accessible from the surrounding areas of Knutsford, Northwich, Pickmere and Warrington. It's located about half a mile off the main road from Warrington to Northwich. Other surrounding attractions include Arley Hall, Stockley Farm and Marbury Country Park. History of the Ice Cream Farm The ice cream farm opened in Great Budworth back in the spring of 1994 in a small room located in the side of a barn selling homemade ice cream from the farm. As its popularity grew the owners felt it was time for a refurbishment and in July 2003 they opened a new café and ice cream shop combined which now serves customers the original ice cream but also a new range of food and drinks. The Facilities The ice cream shop and café are set next door to the farm barns and also the owner's house giving it a really friendly atmosphere. The main attraction is clearly the small building which houses the café and ice cream shop which has been decorated in a traditional and somewhat old fashioned manner which does give a nice feel to the place. The shop is largely taken up by the counter which runs right across the back of the area. From here you get served but also have the chance to view the large blackboard on which are the flavours are written, or you can simply look in the large freezes which contain the ice cream. To the front of the area are several tables that you can sit on while you eat. Outside the shop is a covered patio area with some wooden benches on where you can sit and there is also a large lawn with some small children's play things on including a small sand pit and yet more benches. There's plenty of room to sit down and relax here although if it's a very sunny day then sometimes you do find yourself without a seat! In the summer the ice cream farm often has a bouncy castle and for a small charge youngsters can bounce away to their heart's content. In the summer they offer horse and cart rides (adults £2.00, children £1.50) where you can go for a ride in a horse and cart up the country lanes for a short time. They even have a band playing some weekends! The Products Arguably the main reason people visit here is to sample the ice cream. It's all made on the premises and flavours include vanilla, strawberry, mint choc chip, marzipan, apple crumble, honeycomb, pineapple and toffee fudge. There's around twenty flavours in total as well as a small range of sorbets and also some diabetic ice creams too. The ice creams are quite reasonably priced, you can get either a plain or a waffle cone and you can have either one or two scoops. Prices start at about the £1.30 mark and go up to just over £2.00 depending what you have. You can also buy tubs of ice cream to take home which are around the £4.50 price point if my memory serves me correctly! There is also a small food and drink menu containing various drinks as well as food. The prices seem quite reasonable and a tea or coffee will cost you about £1 while a slice of cake will cost you about £1.50. Light lunches are served from 12-2pm and consist of sandwiches and toasties. There's also a children's menu with food options starting from £2.80. I've never actually had a meal here or any food but from what I've seen the food all looks really nice and I've never heard any complaints. The ice cream is delicious, I've tried about ten of the flavours and have never come across a bad one, they all seem really rich and just melt away in your mouth. Far nicer than any supermarket bought ice cream! Parking People tend to park along the grassy verges on the country road although they have opened up a field opposite the buildings to accommodate more cars which means the road doesn't get as congested now. There are no charges to park here and I've even left my car here before and gone for a long walk without any problems at all. Opening Times Easter weekend to October - 12.00pm - 6.00pm daily March, November & December - 1.00pm - 5.00pm weekends only Closed January & February My Opinion I've probably visited the Great Budworth Ice Cream Farm about six or seven times this year and have never been disappointed with the ice cream quality. It's not really somewhere that you could go to and spend more than about an hour there maximum as once you've had your ice cream there isn't an awful lot to do. There are a lot of lovely walks in the area so the shop does seem to get a lot of people on bikes or people on walks stopping by. It would be nice if they opened up the farm a little more and maybe let you see more of the ice cream process or made some of the animals more accessible to children, all this would probably encourage people to stay longer. It's probably more of somewhere that you'll pop in on while on a day out rather than actually go out of your way to visit - it's not nearly as big or as developed at the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm that I reviewed last week. I'll certainly be visiting here again, as it's not far from my house I can afford to pop down whenever I want for an ice cream! Thanks for reading.