Niall McKenna is the chef and owner of the James Street South group. He is a pioneer of the finest Northern Irish cuisine and currently chair of Taste of Ulster, working with many companies promoting Belfast as a tourist destination.
Asked to name Northern Ireland's five best ice cream parlours, he recommends...
Morelli’s, Portstewart Promenade, 028 7083 2150
A trip to Portrush isn't complete without a visit to Morelli’s. With an extensive list of flavours, from the usual suspects to the more experimental Ferrero Rocher and Snickers, there is something to satisfy even the most experimental taste.
Fusco’s, Anderstown Road, Belfast, 028 9062 9500
An unassuming little gem in west Belfast, Fusco's often have a line out the door. They concentrate on classic flavours and have 36 ice creams to choose from on display.
Maud’s, High Street, Bangor, 028 9127 0010
A Bangor institution, people come in droves for a cone or to buy in bulk, with even gallon tubs available. Pooh Bear's Delight is a firm favourite but the flavour list is being constantly updated with recent additions including crème brulee and Guinness.
The Strand, Central Promenade, Newcastle, 028 4372 3472
The Nugent family have been manufacturing vanilla ice cream since 1930 and their recipe hasn't changed yet. Made fresh on the premises every day with the finest dairy products and ingredients, the family have won numerous awards. The flavour list extends far beyond the original vanilla with requests for unique tastes accepted.
The Rhinka, Middle Road, Islandmagee, 028 9335 3229
Definitely one for the kids, the Rhinka is an ice cream parlour and toy store combined. Opened in 1921, the family recipe developed by Mr and Mrs WJ Hawkins was originally churned by hand. It's a great place to sit down relax and sample the many classic flavours, sauces, toppings and sprinkles.
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