Is there anything that beats ice cream on a hot day?
While on a recent sunny day trip to Milngavie, we were lucky enough to discover Colpi Ice Cream.
This quaint little shop set on Main Street has an inviting appeal from the outset, with its cheery blue frontage and traditional decor within that harks back to simpler times and treats by the seaside. It's almost impossible not to be drawn in!
The line outside speaks for itself; on a hot day it's the only place to buy ice cream and it seems to have a loyal base of customers, old and young. The chairs outside are home to messy faced toddlers, families and friends, old pals catching up over a cone and teenagers enjoying their summer break.
It really has that "heart of the community" feel that makes you glow and given that it has been running since 1928 and is the oldest shop in Milngavie, the feeling of timelessness is evident.
The recipe for the Colpi ice cream hasn't changed for over 100 years and when it tastes that good, why would it? The ice cream is simply delicious.
It has a creaminess I've not tasted before, which is thanks to the milk they use, taken from the shores of Loch Lomond. There are no chemicals, additives or colourings, which amount to its distinctive pure white colour. There is only one flavour and it's done well; not to be mistaken with vanilla, this is a flavour all of its own that the Colpi family have perfected.
Far from being bland, this ice cream can be enjoyed simply by itself in a tub, or in one of their many choices of cones. They also offer extras such flakes, sauces and sprinkles which again, are worlds away from the usual fare you would find in any other ice cream shop – the chocolate sauce is delicious!
You may be thinking that for such quality, this Scottish-Italian fusion ice cream must be costly, but it really isn't. Joseph enjoyed a bambino (he especially loved the teddy bear on the cone) which cost only £1.25, which is more than reasonable when you compare it to other high street ice pops and creams. As only natural ingredients are used, you don't even have to feel guilty eating it.
It really is worth supporting such a wonderfully run family business with friendly staff who do it right. Plus, they even sell tubs to take home – something I'll certainly be investing in to stop the embarrassment of having to go in every day to get my fix!
If you're in Milngavie, pay them a visit – you will not be disappointed.
Where: Main Street, Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, G62 6BJ