Baboo Gelato launches a new kiosk in Lyme Regis
West Dorset ice cream producer, Baboo Gelato will be bringing their award-winning ice cream to Lyme Regis Bay, in time for the summer holiday season, with the launch of a new bright and lively ice cream kiosk. This will be their second location on the coast, selling deliciously smooth, flavoured ice cream using the very best local and seasonal ingredients.
With friendly staff that are keen to offer tastings and to chat about the flavours, the kiosks are an important part of the Baboo story. Owners, Annie and Sam Hanbury will be holding an official launch party, which will give local people the chance to sample Baboo’s flavours and taste why this brand is already becoming a local ‘must visit’ in West Bay.
The launch of the new kiosk will also create several employment opportunities for people in the Lyme Regis area, who will join a team of four in the kitchen and a large seasonal team who work in the West Bay kiosk.
“We are delighted to be opening a second kiosk just a year after our first one. It’s a dream come true to be able to open a business in this unique town. We were very lucky to have found an amazing spot on Marine Parade, opposite the world famous Cobb.” Annie explains.
Annie and Sam have had a whirlwind year since opening in West Bay in early 2016: They won the coveted Champion Ice Cream & Sorbet from Taste of the West, and Blackmore Vale Magazine’s Best Dairy Producer as well as attracting a loyal following from local chefs like River Cottage’s Canteen in Axminster, and The Millside in Lyme Regis.
Much of the inspiration behind Baboo Gelato came from the family’s time spent living in Singapore, when walks on a Sunday would always end up at the Island Creamery, which sold authentic, handmade ice cream in locally-inspired flavours such as durian ice cream and Tiger beer sorbet. When they moved to Dorset in 2012, they wanted to re-create the magical ice cream experience that both they and their children missed.
To this end, Annie went to Bologna University to train as a professional gelatiere, learning to make ice cream, which is smoother and more intensely flavoured than traditional English ice cream. She brought back the best artisanal machinery to set up Baboo’s ice cream kitchen in Salway Ash, Bridport.
Annie is passionate about flavor, always searching for the best ingredients. She sources milk from an organic farm in Toller Porcorum, and much of Baboo’s fruit comes from their own family garden, or from local farms, such as Forde Abbey and North Perrott Fruit Farm. Where Baboo can’t find an ingredient locally, they’ll try to go direct to the source, for instance, buying hazelnuts from a thirty-hectare family farm near Genoa.
“We want people to come back time and again not just for the ice cream, but because it’s a fun place to be. Our hope is that soon everyone in Lyme will be saying: “Let’s go to Baboo.” says Sam.