The best homemade ice cream and where to find it

You’re in Normandy in the heat of summer, and that urgent and inevitable question arises: where can you find the best ice cream? Let us help!

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THE CRÈME DE LA CRÈME IN HONFLEUR

 

This story began when Philippe et Isabelle Cocagne, milk producers based in the Eure, started coming to Honfleur (Calvados) to sell their ice cream. Their shop, just by the famous “ Vieux Bassin”  is packed on fine days and holidays. Their clients speak as one: this is hard to beat. One resident of Evreux declares that it is ice-cream to die for, and the flavours are so very original. He goes for rhubarb himself. Another declares that this has to be the best ice-cream in the world. And why not? It could just be true! Indeed, in 2015 Trip Advisor ranked it among the top ten best ice-cream parlours in France.

 

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In Honfleur:

The shop is open seven days a week in season, Sunday to Friday from 12pm and Saturdays from 10am, until the evening. Opening hours vary according to weather and footfall

At the farm:

The farm shop in Saint-Jean-de-la-Léqueraye in the Eure département is open from March to December on Friday evenings (5pm to 7pm) and Saturdays (10am to 12pm)

You might also have the good fortune to come across their ice cream van on special occasions around the region

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FINGER-LICKIN’ GOOD ICE CREAM AT THE FOLLET FARM

If you happen to be passing by Saint-Valery-en-Caux, why not head off to the farm run by Hélène and Arnaud Follet. You are welcome just to look around the farm, but if you come at 5.30pm you can watch the milk parlour at work. The ice creams and sorbets are delicious. One client said: “Every time we come to Normandy we just have to pop into the farm for their ice cream, and it’s such a glorious setting into the bargain! In the summer we take a break on their terrace before going back to Lille…” Recently a big noise in journalism made such a noise about it – it (nearly) got on CNN!

 

FINGER-LICKIN’ GOOD ICE CREAM AT THE FOLLET FARM
© E. Benard

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240 impasse d'Artemare, 76450 Saint-Vaast-Dieppedalle

Open all year round on Thursdays and Fridays 2pm to 7pm. Saturdays 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 6pm. In July and August, also open on Wednesdays 2pm to 7pm

3.

ORGANIC ICE CREAM IN A COSY CITY SETTING

“Delicious Rouen” opened in 2017, to the great delight of all amateurs of ice cream, cakes and soups (the shop also serves savoury dishes). Both trendy and cosy, it offers a wide choice of ice cream with an original range of flavours such as rose, violet, lavender, ginger, and honey: this tea room has just about everything to please every palette. The service is excellent, everyone says so! The fact that the ice creams and sorbets are all organic and gluten-free is a popular plus with punters. There’s a terrace, seating inside, or take-away in pots and cornets if you prefer.

 

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3 rue de l’hôpital, 76000 Rouen

Opening hours: Sundays 2pm to 7pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am to 7pm, Thursdays 11am to 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 11pm

4.

ICE CREAM AT THE TEURGOULE IN OUISTREHAM

Ice cream-maker Christophe Simard is going to spoil you rotten with his home-made ice creams, crêpes and waffles! Christophe sticks to fresh fruit, “as far as possible purchased from local producers”. He proposes a particularly original range of flavours as this Parisian client affirmed: “Hearty congrats on thinking up so many flavours: pepper and camembert – seriously, it’s really good – tomato and basil, strawberry with fennel….” You might also be tempted by Teurgoule flavour, based on a local dessert, which tastes of cinnamon.

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85 avenue de la mer, 14150 Ouistreham

Opening hours (high season): seven days a week 12pm to 11:45pm

5.

ICE CREAM IN THE BAY OF THE MONT-SAINT-MICHEL

If you really want to wrap your tongue around a seriously good GMO-free ice-cream that’s packed with flavour, you should get along to the Grand Pacey farm where the ice-cream is prepared in the traditional ways with no artificial colourings or flavourings, all ingredients are entirely natural and of the highest quality. The cows are grazing in open pasture for most of the year. Here are some of the flavours to whet your appetite: lychee, rose, raspberry and salted caramel. You can taste these flavours on the spot but don’t forget to bring along an icebox to take some back to where you’re staying; or back home of course! Always ensuring of course that your icebox is up to the task!

 

ICE CREAM IN THE BAY OF THE MONT-SAINT-MICHEL
© I. Kruk / Fotolia.com

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Le Grand Pacey, 50540 Vezins

The shop is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays 2:30pm to 6pm

6.

ICE CREAM IN LONLAY L’ABBAYE

“This is really good ice cream, and my favourite is the salted caramel. Not only that but the family are really friendly!” raves Nicole in a recent review. Among the specialties of the Bidard family (Delphine, Hervé and Pascaline) there’s calvados and caramel flavoured ice creams and pear cider sorbet. And while you’re here, you should visit the Lonlay Abbey nearby and the medieval town of Domfront on its rocky outcrop. At Lonlay l’Abbaye, you’re only 20 minutes from Mortain and its waterfalls, which are the highest in western France.

ICE CREAM IN LONLAY L’ABBAYE
© Ferme du Bois Louvet

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Lieu-dit La Guerche Carrée, 61700 Lonlay l’Abbaye

The farm shop is open on Wednesdays 2pm to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm

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