We asked our readers where their favourite spot to get an ice cream is in Basingstoke. As the temperatures continue to rise, these most loved places to get a sweet treat will help you cool down.

Preston’s Coffee Shop

Basingstoke Gazette: Owner Carla (left) and step-daughter Carley (right)Owner Carla (left) and step-daughter Carley (right)

This cosy family-run coffee shop in Overton has something for everybody. They sell classic gelatos as well as options catering to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free customers.

Their current gelato flavours include vanilla, bubble gum and cookies and cream. They also have sorbet in mango and limoncello.

One Google review said: “Friendly and attentive staff, not the first visit and won’t be the last!”

Overton’s dog-friendly café was noted by one TripAdvisor reviewer as being “very tasty with lots of vegan options. The shop at the front sells lots of things for dogs (including ice cream!) and lots of vegan treats. We will definitely return when we are in the area.”

Gabardine Bar

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Gabardine Bar on London Street sells Fwip Ice Cream from their Portobello Machine. While waiting for a cocktail, this self-service machine will allow you to choose from six flavours as well as a choice of sorbet, gelato or frozen yoghurt. This Fwip machine provides natural frozen yoghurt, mango sorbet, chocolate gelato, salted caramel gelato, strawberry sorbet and vanilla gelato.

One of these tubs would go perfect with Gabardine’s signature Frosé on a warm evening.

A Google reviewer mentioned the “nice ambience and relaxed atmosphere with music playing in the background. Great for catching up with friends for a drink.”

Greek Street

Basingstoke Gazette: Greek Street from its first birthdayGreek Street from its first birthday

Greek Street in Chineham is a family-run business that specialises in traditional Greek street food. However, Basingstoke locals have also deemed Greek Street as a great place to grab an ice cream on a sunny day. Traditional gelato flavours are available here to have in or takeaway.

A Google reviewer said: “Fantastic food and reasonably priced. Staff were friendly and helpful; we will definitely be coming back soon!”


Basingstoke Gazette: Emma Manners, the director of the caféEmma Manners, the director of the café

Vemillion is Basingstoke’s first 100 per cent vegan café. Plant-based eaters are in luck this summer as Vemillion serves vegan ice cream in the flavours of ‘Oreo cookie crumble’ and ‘Biscoff crunch’ as well as soft serve. Customers can choose between a cone or a tub and choose sauce and sprinkles on top.

Customers do not have to be vegan to enjoy ice cream here, as Vemillion’s products focus on healthy alternatives for you and the environment while still maintaining tasty results.

One TripAdvisor reviewer said: “I popped in today for some lunch. Great atmosphere. The staff were really friendly and helpful. There is a great selection on the menu. This is exactly what Basingstoke needed. I look forward to coming back soon to enjoy more of your delicious food.”

Ma Humbug’s Old Fashioned Sweet Shop

If you are a fan of Jude’s ice cream then Ma Humbug’s is the place to go. Their flavours include vanilla, chocolate, salted caramel and strawberries and cream which are sold in tubs.

One Google reviewer said: “Lovely buying experience. Such great products for those of us with a sweet tooth.”