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Shepherds Ice Cream

This sheepsmilk ice cream was rated among the U.K.’s 50 best. If you taste it, you’ll surely agree it’s worthy of a few accolades!

The goods have been made at Cwm Farm in nearby Herefordshire since 1987. The owners originally used their own milking sheep, but now source it from a sheep milker near Stratford-on-Avon.

In Wales, like everywhere else in the world, cows long ago replaced sheep as the primary milk source. In the 1960’s, East Friesland sheep were imported to the area and voila – sheepsmilk production was revived. By the 1980’s, a sheep-dairying industry was well underway. With that came a new slew of artisanal cheeses and yogurts. And, of course, this ice cream.

Shepherds’ ice cream options range from the ususal suspects to exotic flavors like banana toffee crunch, cardamom and lavender, mango and chili, blackcurrant cheesecake and fig and brandy. My favorite was rhubarb-ginger.

If you’re not in the mood for ice cream, there are also pastries and cakes. The coffee is made with fair trade beans from a South Wales roaster.

9 High Town, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AE

Shepherds, sheepsmilk, Wales

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