Ice cream a summer treat at Garnett’s sweet shop

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Louise Robinson of Garnett’s sweet shop plans to whip up a cool treat over the hot summer months.

The third-generation owner of the shop in Market Rasen’s Queen Street plans to open a walk-in ice cream parlour.

The 110-year-old family-run business was founded by Louise’s grandfather George Garnett, who made ice cream and sold it around the villages. Sadly, his recipe was lost some 18 years ago. Louise has to date sold Dennetts Ice Cream, an award-winning family-made ice cream from Spilsby, at outside events, attending around 60-a-year with her vehicles.

This year, Louise has taken ‘static’ premises to sell her sweets and ice creams at Willowbank Equestrian Centre, Claxby.

This ‘outside’ business means she already has the equipment for the parlour, which after Easter will operate in the half of the shop where the Easter eggs currently are.

“Ice cream is seasonal so at Christmas we will have a show of chocolates, then eggs for the run up to Easter, and ice cream for the months after Easter. Then, in October it will be back to chocolates for Christmas,” she said.

“We will be serving 20 different flavours and take-home packs. Selling ice cream will continue a family tradition. It also goes well with the confectionery. There’s over 350 jars of sweets in the shop. Our range of confectionery is second to none,” Louise added.