THE EVENINGS are getting lighter and temperatures are heating up, although we’ll forget about last week’s icy blast.

This week we asked News & Star readers to share their recommendations on the best places to grab an ice cream around the north of Cumbria — and they didn’t disappoint.

Here, in no particular order, are the 10 choices readers selected.

Pokey Parlour – A popular choice amongst readers. Found at Tribe on Bitts Park, Carlisle’s only ice cream parlour offers 13 flavours of farm made ice cream with a variety of cones, toppings and sauces. Your dog can also enjoy its own ice cream!


News and Star: POPULAR: David Lyttle of the Pokey Parlour, Credit: Scott Wigglesworth/BlackfellPOPULAR: David Lyttle of the Pokey Parlour, Credit: Scott Wigglesworth/Blackfell


Castle Chocolates – Opposite the exit to the market on Fisher Street, the chocolatiers have been praised for selling delicious ice cream as well as their chocolates and truffles.

Davison’s – Based on Silloth’s Criffel Street since 2008, The well-loved outlet makes traditional dairy ice cream on the premises, with over 30 flavours available at a time.

Nando’s – Some people like to hop over the border to visit the Gretna store. The fish and chip shop also produces quality Italian ice cream, ensuring that you can depart Scotland with some filled bellies.

Ye Old Sweet Shoppe – A nostalgic visit in the Denton Holme shop will have you browsing the extensive collection of retro sweets before slurping on a delicious ice cream cone.

Twentymans Ice Cream – Over to the west, you can find this shop that has been serving Allonby guests and residents for over 100 years. The new dipping pallet will keep kids entertained with their messy creations.


News and Star: STAPLE: Tony Twentyman outside the Allonby ice-cream and convenience shopSTAPLE: Tony Twentyman outside the Allonby ice-cream and convenience shop


Abbott Lodge Jersey Ice Cream – The Clifton farm create their own gelato style ice cream made from the milk of the Jersey cows that call Abbott Lodge home. Hot drinks and tray bakes are also available whilst the children burn energy at the play area.

Hammond’s Pond Café – Take a break from a walk along Upperby on a sunny day to enjoy some delicious Luxury Lakes ice cream

Take a Shake – A recent arrival, the Market Hall store opened in October and has impressed customers with their marvellous creations.


News and Star: IMPRESSIVE: Nadia Knowles opened Take A Shake in OctoberIMPRESSIVE: Nadia Knowles opened Take A Shake in October


Casa Bella – Located at the heart of Keswick’s town centre, one member of staff trained in Bologna at the Carpigiani Gelato University.  He uses traditional techniques to produce a lovely smooth and creamy texture to our gelato.