At Milkbar we specialise in handcrafted, gelato inspired treats for all the family. Freshly made every day with organic ingredients, our range of artisan ice creams, milkshakes, sundaes as well as warm waffles and crepes, will not fail to tickle your taste buds!
Our handcrafted gelatos are also available to buy as 1 litre takeaway tubs – perfect for any party regardless of your age!
OUR HEAD GELATIERE GIANFRANCO
Our head chef and gelatiere, Gianfranco (pictured) has extensive experience in the industry, coming from a family of gelatitions with generations of expertise. From Calabria, Gianfranco plied his trade at the prestigious Carpigiani Gelato university in Perugia, as well as further study in the sister school in Bologna.
Take a look at his latest recipes here!
WHAT IS GELATO?
If you’ve ever visited Italy, you probably experienced creamy, delicious gelato; and maybe you assumed that the only reason it seemed richer and more intensely flavoured than our ice cream in the UK was because you were enjoying it on the foot of the Spanish Steps in Rome, rather than around the kitchen table back home.
But there are actually a few main differences between gelato and ice cream:
While ice cream has a minimum of 10 percent fat, gelato is made with a greater proportion of whole milk to cream, so it contains around five to seven percent fat.
Gelato is churned at a slower speed than ice cream, so it’s denser because not as much air is whipped into the mixture. (Gelato contains about 15 to 20 percent air, while ice cream can contain as much as 80 to 100 percent air).
While ice cream is typically served frozen, gelato is typically stored and served at a slightly warmer temperature, so it’s not quite completely frozen.
Since there’s not as much fat in gelato, it doesn’t coat the mouth in the same way as ice-cream. So the flavours are more intense. One thing ice cream and gelato do have in common: you won’t be able to resist just one more scoop!
Our milk arrives daily from Jess’s Ladies Organic Farmed Milk. Jess Vaughan and her 80 cows are the creators of this delicious, natural milk. ‘Ladies’ is indeed the right word for her herd of organically reared cows who are treated like intimate friends. Jess knows every cow by name and the whole herd is descended from Jess’s Grampy’s original three cows from 1955 – Bluebell, Gypsy and Glow-worm!
The natural farming methods used on Jess’s Hardwicke Farm in Gloucestershire produces a milk which is not only organic, but is totally traceable and, because it is not mass produced, does not undergo some of the treatment processes that you often find with milk – this results in a milk with superior taste, optimum health benefits and which is easily digested.
So impressive is Jess’ produce that she was nominated as a Cotswold Food Hero in the 2010 Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards.