Grab A Cone In The Cornish Countryside
Head to Callestick Farm for ice cream and a play without the summer crowds
It’s the end of a sticky July school day and the mudlets are smiling at me beatifically. What are they after you wonder? No, not the beach agaaaiin! (Spot the Cornish kids)
Luckily, Callestick Farm — one of their all-time favourite places to kill an hour or two in the summer — is a hit with the grown-ups too and they can always twist my arm.
Known for their super creamy recipe and great range of flavours, you can visit the farm, where the herds graze and the magic happens.
Drop in to the tearoom (which sells coffee and sandwiches as well as the obvious), check out the pigs and chickens, take a peek at the ice cream being made through the viewing window and relax in the sun, while the kids enjoy the playground.
There’s also a life-sized model cow to try out your milking skills – an activity my two find hilarious.
One of the best things about Callestick Farm as an ice cream stop, is that it’s tucked away in the peace of the countryside.
There’s no struggle to park, you don’t have to elbow past the crowds at the beach, stand in endless queues or dodge dive-bombing sea gulls to get your fix.
On a chilly day, you can take shelter in the tearoom or find a seat in the pretty farm courtyard when it’s sunny.
Flanked by woodland and wetland nature reserves, the farm is just ten minutes drive from the north coast beach town of Perranporth and about 15 minutes from Truro. The approach roads are a bit windy but that’s all part of the charm.
The Ice Cream
There’s a lot of great ice cream in Cornwall, so what makes Callestick special?
Well I’m told it all starts with happy, healthy cows. Rather than overworking a small herd, Callestick has a large herd of 300, grass-fed cows that are never over-milked. This leads to tastier and more nutritious milk and in turn to delightfully creamy ice cream.
They also avoid adding too much sugar and let the creaminess and natural flavours to do the talking.
There are double and clotted cream ranges (made with Roddas clotted cream) and recent favourites in our family include, Cherries Jubilee, Clotted Cream & Blackcurrants and the brand new Chocolate, Caramel Praline.
There are over 30 flavours to choose from as well as 8 spring water sorbets but they’re not all on offer in the tea room every day.
Callestick Farm has been owned and run by the Parker family for three generations. How lucky are the numerous Parker grandchildren?
When the family took on the farm in 1953 it was a traditional mixed farm but they started making ice cream in 1989 and haven’t looked back.
The Parkers have a non-intensive, sustainable approach to farming, carefully preserving the hedgerows and natural habitats on the land and taking special care of their beautiful Jersey X Friesians.
Callestick now supplies ice cream to major local attractions, such as The Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Headland Hotel as well as tourist hot spots in the capital, including The London Eye and the O2.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Creamy and irresistible ice cream in a peaceful setting, with some diversions for the kids.
Not for: A day trip. Less a day out more a drop in – an ice cream, a little wander and a play won’t take up more than an hour or two max.
The damage: Minimal! Visiting the farm is free, so you only need ice cream money.
Callestick Farm, Callestick, Truro, Cornwall TR4 9LL. 01872 573126. www.callestickfarm.co.uk
Open 7 days a week, from Easter to October; Monday to Saturday 10– 5:30 and Sundays 10-5.