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Wednesday, 01 March 2006
Shepherds Ice Cream parlour

Shepherds Ice Cream parlour

I took this photograph inside Shepherds in Hay-on-Wye. So far I have carefully avoided such clichés as Hay fever when blogging about my trip there recently.  (Oops).  Unlike this Guardian article, which not surprisingly refers to the Guardian Hay Festival as our favourite literary celebration.  The article also provides the interesting fact that Terry Pratchett‘s parents live in Hay-on-Wye, and that Shepherds is recommended by Jacqueline Wilson.

Shepherds is famous for its 16 flavours of ice cream made from ewe’s milk. This article outlines the health issues in ice-cream, and takes a side-swipe at Maggie Thatcher:

Ice cream has come a long way from the original snow and syrup sherbets of the Middle East, especially in Britain, where the real cream element has been compromised by some canny reinvention.

One of the first jobs undertaken by a young Margaret Thatcher was to discover ways to “inflate” ice cream with air and boost its value - to some, a neat analogy for her later activities.

I am also pleased to see that the article gives Shepherds (and six other artisanal British dairies) the nod.

Posted by bigblue on 01/03/2006 at 09:15 PM
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