Shepherds Ice Cream Parlour
Shepherds low-fat (less than 7%) sheep’s milk ice cream is made in rural Herefordshire by Martin Orbach and Juliet Noble.
They used to milk sheep on the farm but now concentrate entirely on ice cream making and source milk from Philip Keen near Stratford-upon-Avon, one of the UK’s leading suppliers. Sheep’s milk is nutritious, rich in calcium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin B, and is often tolerated by people allergic to goats’ and cows’ milk.
The ice cream parlour in Hay-on-Wye (‘book town’) opened in April 2000 and has become an institution for locals and visitors alike. The range on sale here is fantastic, a little bit different and changes regularly. Why not call in and try for yourself – eat in or take away? You can also enjoy coffee, paninis, sandwiches, excellent homemade cakes, and delicious soups.
Shepherds focus on selling directly to the public, enjoying a fulfilling relationship with their loyal and appreciative customers. You will also find them at prestigious events such as Hay Festival of Literature and Glastonbury.
From May until the end of September you may find Shepherds Ice Cream on sale at all sorts of events – agricultural shows, music festivals and more. So if you are planning an outdoor event (large or small) check them out. They have marquees, a trailer, a tricycle and two vintage ice cream vans.
By Ian Cooke, Herefordshire & Worcestershire editor