Family scoops top ice cream awards

Stephen Jones, who owns the New Penny ice cream bar on Tithebarn Street in Poulton.
Stephen Jones, who owns the New Penny ice cream bar on Tithebarn Street in Poulton.

THIS DESSERT maestro is looking to put his sweet success to good use and provide a boost for Poulton.

Stephen Jones, owner of the family-run New Penny cafe, returned from the Ice Cream Alliance’s awards in Harrogate with gongs for his tasty treats.

The annual competition sees a veritable who’s who in the ice cream industry bring their frozen delights to life.

Mr Jones’s strawberry, vanilla, chocolate and rum and raisin flavours were all put to the test, with the Tithebarn Street cafe winning a silver and gold diploma of merit for their efforts.

Mr Jones, who was trained in the art of ice cream making in Italy, said: “We are coming up to our 30th year in Poulton and we wanted to achieve something and put Poulton on the map.

“It’s good to get some good news for business in Poulton because all we hear is doom and gloom. It might be the wrong time of year for ice cream but the product we produce and sell to people is worthy of the medals and we are very proud.”

The cafe has been open since 1981, and before Mr Jones took over the running of the shop, his parents were regularly attending the competition to test their products against the best in Britain.

The flavours of ice cream being judged are only revealed to competitors three hours before the start of the competition, making it a test of skill under pressure.

Mr Jones added: “We are very pleased with what we have achieved and this is positive for Poulton.

Mr Jones’ mother Janet, who began the business almost 30 year ago, said: “This is good news for the town. The judges praised us for our mint choc chip before, but to win so many medals this time is brilliant.”