Tregellast Barton Farm, St. Keverne, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 6NX
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Roskilly's is a family run, working organic farm just down the road from St. Keverne, a small village a little away from Helston in Cornwall. On the farm, the family make clotted cream, fudge, an assortment of jams and lots more. Oh yeah, I nearly forgot the main reason I go to Roskillys - the dream ice cream! The ice cream is all home made on the farm with only the freshest of ingredients and home made clotted cream. The unbelievable range of ice creams and sorbets they offer really is...well unbelievable. I'll round up a few of the top flavours. Hokey Pokey - Real dairy vanilla ice cream with whirls of homemade honeycomb. Nutcracker Sweet - A blend of apricots and crunchy almonds in delicious ice cream. Fairy's Fency - A delicious yet simple goosebery ice cream that's neither too sweet nor sour. Blushing Bride - Delicious, rich white chocolate ice cream with a unique raspberry sauce ripple. Orang-ohh-Tang - A very rich, elegant tasting and undoubtedly delicious ice cream with an orange ice cream base, with lashings of mascarpone cheese and pieces of orange. Streakers Squeek - Blackcurrant cheesecake ice cream. Tipsy Topsy Turvey - A delicious trifle ice cream with a dash of alcohol! Yo Ho Ho & a Scoop of Ice Cream! - Classic Rum and Raisin with a difference. Woodland Wonder - A delicious fruits of the forest ice cream perfect for a summer lick. Roskilly's in fact offer over 40 flavours of ice cream, and this i just a sample of their offerings. All the ice cream is made from the rich organic milk, cream and low fat yoghurt, from the Roskilly's Jersey herd, this is the key to its flavour. The ice cream is made with the very finest Italian equipment to produce what the Italians call artisan ice cream with oodles of flavour and texture. They make many of the ingredients themselves on the farm itself, so they can be used fresh with no pr
eservatives. Fresh fruit jams, small cubes of fudge, Hokey Pokey crunch and sponge cakes for the trifle and the tiramisu are made to fold in to the ice cream. This all helps to give the individual and distinctive character to the Roskilly's ice creams. Roskilly's are always trying new and unusual flavours. You can taste them in the farm ice cream parlour and also all over Cornwall from Lands End to Looe in shops everywhere - but be careful not to over indulge! On their web site (at www.roskillys.co.uk) you can also suggest a new flavour idea, and they promise to consider them all. You never know, yours could go into mass production! Besides their famousness for ice cream, Roskilly's also produce and sell clotted cream, fudge, apple juice, cider, jams, mustards, chutneys, marmalades, pasties, truffles and furniture polish which is made from the beeswax produced on the farm. Rachel Roskilly has been making clotted cream in the farmhouse for over forty years. The evening's milk is passed through a separator while still warm from the cow. This machine separates the cream from the milk, leaving skimmed milk. The cream is then heated to make it into clotted cream and is put into tubs for sale in the Croust House the following day. It is also used in the Cornish cream teas and, of course, the ice cream and fudge. Made with milk and generous helpings of clotted cream - mouth-watering farmhouse fudge. These flavours are available. Clotted Cream, Chocolate, Chocolate and mint, Rum and Raisin, Coffee and Walnut, Ginger and Hazelnut. There is also fudge dipped in dark chocolate - a superb combination. In Autumn the apples are collected, crushed and squeezed. This is either bottled as seven varieties of juice or fermented into cider according to an old recipe of Joe's. The apple juices which range from moderately sharp to sweet are coxes (sweet), bramleys (medium sharp) egmont russet (pear tasting), james greev
es (crisp), braeburn (crisp) and discovery (crisp). There is also Apple Juice Punch and Cider Punch using a speciality recipe of spices. The Scrumpy Cider is sold in bottles to take away as well as draught in the Croust House. Jams, mustards, chutneys and marmalades are all made according to Rachel Roskilly's traditional recipes. Raspberry and elderflower, strawberry and orange and blackberry and apple jams are available, while in the way of mustards, black pepper, garlic, horseradish, rum, orange and tarragon are all available. Chutney flavours available include gingery apple and almond, tangy tomato relish, green tomato, hot orange and apple and spicy apricot. A three fruit marmalade is also available. Hand made traditional Cornish Pasties made on the farm using the finest local ingredients and cooked freshly everyday. As well as from the Croust House, these are sold wholesale (frozen and uncooked) to other bake-off establishments. Excruciatingly tempting boozy home-made truffles made with chocolate and clotted cream are always on sale in the Croust House and are also sold elsewhere in Cornwall. Roskilly's goes beyond food, and a trip there entails the delight of wandering around their amazingly huge grounds with the large and small ponds, empty fields perfect for strolling through, watching the cows as they drink from the stream and getting your friend to balance on a rock so she can feed the cows then pushing her over into the field (or at least, pretending to...). Back to the food and drink, there's indoor and outdoor seating, so you can sit out in the sun on a lovely courtyard-type area, or snuggle up in front of their enormous log fires inside if it's a bit chilly. There's also a gift shop with many amazing books, toys for kids and gorgeous furniture and glassware, a plant stall outside in the courtyard area. Roskilly's also host regular evening barbecues during the summer for delicious
food followed by an ice cream! Roskilly's really is utter divinity for anyone who enjoys food, drink or the outside world.
You could just go to Roskilly's to sample the farm-produced ice cream, which in our family's unanimous opinion is the best you can buy in the UK. You could just go for a delicious lunch, or a cream tea including home-made clotted cream, or for the excellent regular evening barbecue. But the food is really only a part of the Roskilly’s experience, and be warned – once you have spent some time here, you will want to come back! We have been coming to Cornwall with our children for the past 10 or so years, and we make the pilgrimage to Roskilly’s two or more times on each visit – our holiday wouldn’t feel complete otherwise. Roskilly's is a working farm tucked away (but well signposted) near St Keverne, a few miles past Goonhilly Downs on the Lizard Peninsular in Cornwall. It is a family run, family friendly enterprise, open 7 days a week with a number of attractions around the farm, all free. You can: - Watch the cows being milked (4.30pm daily), viewing from a first floor balcony with displays giving detailed information on dairy farming. Children and adults will find something of interest here, from the automated milking and feeding machinery, to the baby calves in separate pens. - Take a gentle walk round the farm lakes and meadows (a map is available free of charge in the shop). - Admire the Gypsy Caravans next to the car park (but be aware that the summer staff live in them, so respect their privacy), and the nearby Giant Rhubarb Trees (you’ll know what I mean when you see one!), with leaves up to 6 feet across. - Watch ice cream and fudge being made from the farm’s own milk. Returning to the food, an excellent choice of meals and snacks is available, mostly produced locally, if not on the farm itself. The freshly prepared food includes “help yourself” salads from a salad bar, and there are vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices. A selection of deserts
is on offer as well as a clotted cream tea, and you can wash down your meal with home-pressed apple juice or cider. You can sit down to eat inside or outside. The seating, stained glass windows, flooring and other features were made by members of the Roskilly family, and they also did most of the building work themselves. Inside, on colder days a welcoming open fire is fuelled by burning logs. Outside, each evening a barbecue is prepared – the food is reasonably priced and around once a week musical entertainment is provided (folk, jazz or other styles, usually advertised a few days in advance). Now for the Ice Creams: there is normally a choice of at least two dozen flavours, all produced on the farm, with new flavours to be discovered each time you visit. You absolutely MUST try Hokey Pokey flavour (one of the most popular). For gluttons like myself you can buy a tub or cone with 3 different flavours AND a clotted cream topping! Staff are only to happy to let you try a flavour before you make your selection. The ice creams are extremely popular, and if you visit at a peak time, you may find you have to queue for 10-15 minutes to buy one. If you enjoy the ice cream as much as we do, come prepared with coolbags and ice packs to take some home for the freezer. The farm produced fudge (especially the clotted cream fudge), jams, chutneys and apple juice are also highly recommended, and the shop also sells a variety of books & booklets on all things Cornish. Roskilly’s is a great place to visit, with or without children: for a meal, a snack, an ice cream, or simply to wander around the farm or the meadows. You could easily spend a relaxing half day here and still want to return later in the week. The only downside is its popularity in the peak season – the car park is fairly small, and you may have to queue for the ice cream…. but it’s worth the wait!