January/February 2018 Newsletter

 Welcome to the first newsletter of 2018, as we begin our 4th decade of trading. After a well-earned Christmas break we reopened on 2nd January, and we’re really looking forward to another successful year making the richest and creamiest ice creams in Britain.2017 was an eventful year for us, winning 2 more Great Taste awards and of course the contract to supply Highgrove House, but now is the time to look forward. We will be keeping all of our 14 standard flavours this year plus our sorbets and award winning dairy free ice creams (for full details go to our website ). We will also be producing seasonal specials for Spring (details in the next newsletter), summer, autumn and Christmas. More immediately, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, so why not stock up with our Strawberry & Champagne Ice Cream, or our Dairy Free Passion Fruit?


Our biggest goal for the new year will be the opening of our ice cream parlour in the centre of Ledbury. We have all the necessary planning approvals in place, and the builders are starting preliminary works. We don’t yet know how long that will take as there is quite a bit of electrical and fire safety work that needs doing, but we hope to be opening well before the summer. We are also now looking for a manager to oversee the parlour; if anyone out there would like to be considered please contact us (for more details go to ). 



Sarah has departed on maternity leave (baby due January 25th), so after a handover period Chia is now fully up and running as our new General Manager. I’m sure many of you will be speaking to her over the coming weeks and months.January and February is our quietest time of the year, so having restocked after the Christmas rush we are going through our annual deep clean process. This is in addition to our normal weekly full day clean every Friday – we always strive to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene.


We have a number of new outlets in recent weeks who have started stocking our ice cream.

 Horseshoe Inn, The Homend, Ledbury HR8 1BP. A rustic, dog friendly pub in the centre of town with a pizza oven in the bar. Freshly made pizzas are now complemented by our ice cream.

 The Green Bean, Broad St, Weobley HR4 8SA. Situated in a beautiful Herefordshire village a lovely café which gets fantastic reviews.

 Pea Green Café, Ludlow Mascall Centre, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow SY8 1RZ.  A friendly café located in the old school rooms.

 Hilltop Farm Shop, Fosse Way, Hunningham, Leamington Spa CV33 9EL. A third generation farming business who opened their farm shop 14 years ago and haven’t looked back since.

Great Northern Restaurant & Pub, 172 London Rd, St Albans AL1 1PQ. Adjacent to the stunning Odyssey Cinema (who also stock our ice creams), ideal for a pre-film drink and meal.


As in previous years we will be attending or supplying various fairs and events through the course of the year. At present we have three provisional events lined up, although there will no doubt be more:

Vale Wildlife Open Day – Sunday 1st July (Beckford, near Tewkesbury)

Ledbury Food Festival – Sunday 8th July

Banbury Food Fair – Sunday 19th August


Finally to all our customers and followers may we take this opportunity to thank you for your most valued custom in 2017, and from everyone at “Just Rachel” may we wish you a prosperous 2018.


Please do feel free to contact Chia, Dave, Alison or Julian in the office at any time, 01531 650639 or email to We would love to hear from you. Also follow us on Twitter (@JustRacheltweet) or Facebook (JustRachelQualityDesserts) for more updates.

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