Wind the clock back to 1925, Albert Winstone, a French Polisher in Stroud Gloucestershire, had just been made redundant. With mass unemployment spreading across Britain, these were hard times.
Being an entrepreneur, Albert did not want to let hard times stop him, so he started selling drinks to walkers and golfers that descended upon Rodborough Common deep in the Cotswold hills. This proved very popular but lots of people were asking for ice cream. Albert gave this some thought and managed to get his hands on a Victorian ice cream recipe. With lots of trial and error, Winstones Ice Cream was born.
As Albert already had an old WW1 Matchless motorcycle and side car, he decided to get his ice cream to the masses by hitting the streets of Gloucestershire, so he set about converting the side car to store his wares. Once ready, he packed the side car with dry ice to help keep his ice cream cool, grabbed a hand bell and off he went.
It was only time before a small shack on the site was serving hundreds of people on a sunny afternoon. As popularity grew so did the need for more output. The motorcycles were eventually retired and the ice cream vans were born and, as the next generation joined, it really did become a family business.
Passion & Craftmanship
Today, four generations later, we still use the same Victorian recipe from the very first day Winstones started. The same passion, ethos and craftsmanship are very much alive in our long standing family business and our products can now be found in specially selected outlets across the South West.
What was once a small shack serving a handful of people has now been replaced with an in-keeping modernised ice cream parlour offering up to 17 different flavours for the tens of thousands to enjoy, catering for ice cream lovers. Lactose free, celiac and vegan options are also available.