Where to get Seriously Good Ice Cream in the North East
A good ice cream is the perfect treat, whatever the weather! Luckily there’s plenty of choice for amazing gourmet ice cream in the North East, with handmade artisan ice cream and sundaes, Italian-style gelato and American-style dessert parlours.
Here’s a handy map to help plan your day out and an A-Z below of fantastic places in the North East, including seaside, countryside and city locations, with options for dining in, takeaway or home delivery – so whatever your plans are, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Plus plenty of dairy free vegan sorbets and ice cream!
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The mouth watering flavours below are for illustrative purposes only – some parlours regularly rotate the flavours on offer, so you may have to keep returning to try out the full range!
If you’re looking for more ideas for a fun family day out before cooling down with a tasty treat, check our Top 10s map here for parks, playgrounds, easy paths for bikes & buggies, best places for babies to pre-schoolers, and pubs with outdoors play areas.
Details are subject to change. Check directly with providers for the latest updates and opening times before making plans. Photos and flavours are for illustrative purposes only, actual products and availability may vary. Always follow the latest Government guidelines on social distancing and protective measures. Check the latest Government guidelines here.
Arrighi’s Crescent Cafe 📌 Avenue Crescent, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, NE25 0DN 🍦 Homemade Italian ice-cream, including cones, cups & wafers. 🌊 Not far from beach.
🍦Pecan Pie🍦Tiramisu🍦Cookies and Cream🍦Strawberry🍦Mango Alphonso🍦Stracciatella🍦Salted Caramel🍦Coconut🍦Amarena Cherry🍦Orange🍦Strawberry🍦Banana🍦Sicilian Pistachio🍦Honeycomb🍦Wild Berries🍦Rum and Raisin🍦Crème Brûlée🍦Mint Choc Chip🍦Passion Fruit Ripple🍦Chocolate🍦Original
Plus… bespoke cakes and ice cream cakes for special occasions, afternoon tea and authentic Italian food menu for light bites and meals. Look out for seasonal ice cream specials on Facebook and Instagram. Vegan options are also available besides seasonal fresh fruit sorbets.
Beckleberry’s 📌 Cafe: Metrocentre Upper Blue Mall (opposite Primark), Gateshead 📌 Store Pickup: Cowen Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 5TW 🍦 Gourmet ice cream & sorbet. 👉 Dine in cafe, or collection/delivery of 100ml to 5 litre tubs from Blaydon. Order here.
Vanilla🍦Chocolate🍦Salted Caramel🍦Chocolate Orange🍦Lemon Curd🍦Hazelnut Praline🍦Eton Mess🍦White Chocolate Flake🍦Coconut and Pineapple🍦Turkish Delight🍦Bubblegum🍦Cinder Toffee🍦Maple and Walnut🍦Irish Cream🍦 Horlicks and Malteaser🍦Double Butterscotch
Plus… sorbets, brownies, crumbles, tarts, cheesecakes, celebration cakes, afternoon tea, quiche, set treat boxes, and a wide range of individual deserts.
Bee Happy Play Cafe 📌 Bracken Hill, South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, Co. Durham, SR8 2LS 🍦 Lickety Split ice cream and sundaes. 👦 Play cafe for 0-5 years with indoor and outdoor play areas, with play sessions, classes & special events. 👉 Takeaway option or book a session here.
Ciccarelli Artisan Gelato 📌 Links Road, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 3PL 🍦 Artisan gelato and sorbet cones & tubs, sundaes and large take home tubs. 🌊 Close to the beach and an outdoor children’s playground. 👉 Dine in (no booking required) or takeaway.
Plus… from Coastline restaurant, fish & chips, pizza, burgers, chicken, sausage and pies.
Cream Curls 📌Durham: Front Street, Houghton le Spring, DH46LR 📌Newcastle: Chillingham Road, Heaton, NE6 5LH 📌Northumberland: Central Arcade, Woodhorn Road, Ashington, NE63 9AE 📌South Shields: Ocean Road, NE33 2JF 📌Sunderland: Windsor terrace, Grangetown, SR2 9QF 📌Washington: West View, Concord, NE37 2DT 🍦 Handcrafted ice cream rolls, soft scoop tubs & cones, and sundaes. 🌊 South Shields branch close to the beach. 👉 Dine in, or collection/delivery by telephone order or online with Just Eat or Uber Eats.
Plus… hot food including burgers, hotdogs, chicken, sides, pancakes, crepes, waffles, cookie dough, milkshakes and smoothies.
The Dairy Barn 📌 High House Farm, Crook, Co Durham, DL15 8AN 🍦 Local gelato. 👦 Outdoor play area with countryside views. 👉 Dine in or takeaway.
Plus… breakfast, light lunches, afternoon teas, homemade cakes and scones.
Di Meo’s Ice Cream 📌 Newcastle: Riverside Walk (Maling Street), Ouseburn, NE6 1LX 📌 North Tyneside Parlour: Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, NE26 1LX 📌 North Tyneside Beach Café: Watts slope, Whitley Bay, NE26 1BQ 🍦 Authentic Italian gelato and sorbets. 🌊 Whitley Bay branches close to the beach, Ouseburn branch by a riverside walk. 👉 Dine in, collection and takeaway available.
🍦Pistacchio🍦Hazelnut Piemonte IGP🍦Amarena Cherry🍦Hazelnut Rocher🍦Strawberry🍦Battenberg🍦Sea Salted Caramel🍦Belgian Chocolate🍦Strawberry Cheesecake🍦Biscoff🍦Chocolate Brownie🍦Honeycomb🍦Mint Choc Chip🍦White Chocolate🍦Cookies & Cream🍦Lemon Sorbet🍦Mango Alfonso Sorbet🍦Passion Fruit Sorbet
Plus… flat bread, paninis, artisan pizza, cannoli and sides (lactose free vegan cheese and gluten free options available).
Farmhouse Inns 📌 Gateshead(Valley Farm): First Avenue, Team Valley, NE11 0NU 📌 Newcastle(Wheatsheaf Farm): Callerton Lane End, Woolsington, NE13 8DF 📌 Northumberland(Willow Farm): Northumberland Business Park, Cramlington NE23 7GA 📌 Sunderland(Wearside Farm): Turbine Way, SR5 3NZ 📌 Sunderland(Oak Tree Farm): Doxford Intl Business Park, SR3 3XN 🍦 Beechdean Jersey ice cream tubs, cones and sundaes. 👦 All pubs have an indoors play area, and Oak Tree, Wearside and Wheatsheaf Farm also have an outdoors play area. 👉 Book here to dine in.
Plus… daily carvery, pub classics and desserts.
Gelatorious Desserts 📌 249 Shields Road, Heaton, Newcastle, NE6 1DQ 🍦 Kelly’s Cornish ice cream, sundaes and sorbets. 👉 Dine in, or collection/delivery by telephone order or online here.
Lickety Split 📌 Seaham: 13 North Terrace, Co Durham, SR7 7EU 📌 Durham: New Ferens Park, Belmont Industrial Estate, DH1 1GG 🍦 Multiple national award winning locally produced ice cream, with tubs, cones and sundaes. 🌊 Seaham branch close to the beach 👦 Durham branch in Infinite Air Trampoloine Park. 👉 Dine in or takeaway.
Plus… paninis, sandwiches, wraps, hot dogs, cakes, milkshakes, slush and smoothies.
Mark Toney’s 📌 Grainger Street, Newcastle, NE1 5JE 📌 Percy Street, Newcastle, NE1 7RW 🍦 Hand-made dairy ice creams and sundaes based on Italian family recipe. 👉 Dine in or takeaway.
🍦Honeycomb Crunch🍦Salted Caramel Swirl🍦Tiramisu with Mascarpone🍦Millionaire Shortbread🍦Lemon Drizzle Cheesecake🍦Amaretto🍦Banoffee Swirl🍦Blue Bubblegum🍦Caramel Apple Granny🍦Caramel Praline🍦Cherry & Chocolate🍦Stracciatella🍦Cinnamon🍦Devon Clotted Cream🍦Fruits of the Forest🍦Hazelnut Rocher🍦Italian Coffee🍦Key Lime Pie
Plus… sandwiches, paninis, pastries and and hot meals.
Mimi’s Ice Cream Emporium 📌 Rotary Way, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 5EH 🍦 Ice creams cones and tubs, sorbets and sundaes. 👉 Dine in or takeaway.
Biscoff🍦Snickers🍦Peanut Butter and Jelly🍦Belgian Choc🍦Milky Bar🍦 Mint Aero🍦Mint choc chip🍦Bubblegum🍦Cinder🍦Oreo🍦Cookies and cream🍦Mimis secret🍦Raspberry Ripple🍦Salted Caramel🍦Popcorn🍦Pistachio🍦Malteaser🍦Jammy Dodger🍦Cherry Cream🍦Mandarin Cream
Plus… a range of vegan ice cream and sorbets.
Minchella & Co Ice Cream Parlours 📌 Ocean Road, South Shields, South Tyneside, NE33 2HT 📌 Sea Road, South Shields, South Tyneside, NE33 2LD 📌 Kiosks: Marsden Beach, South Tyneside 🍦 Ice cream, luxury sundaes and tubs. 🌊 Close to the beach. 👉 Takeaway or dine in at parlours
Plus… hot food, toasties and guest paidinas, ciabattas, coffee and hot and cold drinks.
Riverside Delight 📌 Ravensworth View, Dunston, Gateshead, NE11 9DQ 🍦 Ice cream scoops, whippy and whippy cake sundae. 🌊 Close to a riverside walk. 👦 Special weekly play sessions at selected times at Dunston Community Centre Cafe. 👉 Takeaway/collection and dine-in cafe/play sessions.
Plus… afternoon tea, cake jars, cakes, traybakes, cheesecakes, waffles, cookie dough, whippy slush, floats, freak shakes, smoothies, iced brews and slushies. Play/cafe session with toys and ride ons and Staiths Stall to raise funds for the repair of Dunston Staiths:
🧩Cake & Play – Sat 10am-11am 🌈Staiths Stall – Sat 1pm-4pm ☕️Community Centre Cafe – Sun 2pm-5pm -check for updates here
Tutti Frutti Whitburn 📌 East Street, Whitburn, Sunderland, SR6 7BX 🍦 American style parlour with ice cream cones, tubs and sundaes. 🌊 Close to the beach. 👉 Dine in or takeaway
Plus… goats milk ice cream from The Udder One, and waffles, toasties, subs, hot dogs, burgers, pizza, and shakes.
Waffles and Cones 📌 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 2DN 🍦 English and Italian gelato and sundaes. 🌊 Not far from the beach. 👉 Dine in, or collection/delivery online here.
Plus.. Thailand delicacy pan ice, freshly made waffles & crèpes, cakes, jar cakes, cookie dough, mini doughnuts balls, nachos, milkshakes, slush and smoothies.
Wheelbirks Farm 📌 Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7HY 🍦 Jersey ice cream and sundaes. 👦 Working farm with animals, orchard, outdoor play area and special events. 👉 Dine in (no booking needed) or takeaway.