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23/01/17 New Lanark Ice Cream , New Lanark Mill Hotel # , , , ,

Quirky Scottish food & drink for Burns Night

Quirky Scottish food & drink for Burns Night

On of the first nights of celebration in the Scottish calendar is Burns Night! Burns Night marks the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth on 25 January each year. The first celebration took place in 1801 in Alloway, and today Burns Night is celebrated around the world. The traditional fare is Haggis, Neeps (turnips) and Tatties (potatoes) and of course a few drams of whisky. If you fancy shaking things up a bit, we’ve compiled a list of some other Scottish food & drink you can incorporate into your Burns Night meal…

New Lanark Ice Cream – made at New Lanark World Heritage Site, Lanarkshire

End your meal with something sweet and enjoy some award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream! Made to a traditional recipe in the historic Mechanics’ Workshop building in the village of New Lanark. We produce a range of flavours from the classic Simply Vanilla to more adventurous Scottish flavours like Irn Bru , Puff Candy and Raspberry Cranachan! Available to purchase in the New Lanark Mill Café. (for wholesale enquiries please contact 01555 666875). Find out more about New Lanark Ice Cream here.

Ooft! Scotch Bonnet Sauce sauce – made in the Scottish Borders

Spice up your meal with some Scotch Bonnet sauce! The pepper used to make the sauce is named for its resemblance to a tam o’ shanter hat.

“This is a sauce made to an old family recipe from Trinidad and is aged for between one and two years before bottling. The recipe was developed by my wife’s father Rudy DeCoteau who was a master peppers maker living in Maracas St Joseph. The unique smooth flavor is developed when the sauce is laid down like fine wine to mature in vats for over a year before bottling. During that time the vats are checked and shaken weekly. Its along slow process but we think its worth it. Hot sauce, chilli sauce, pepper sauce.” Find out more about buying  Ooft! Scotch Bonner Sauce.

Ooft Scotch Bonnet Sauce

Image Credit – Ooft Scotch Bonnet Sauce Facebook page

Seriously Good Venison – reared in Cupar, Fife

Try something other than Haggis…..Seriously Good award winning venison, Highland beef, Hebridean hogget & mutton and rare breed Perthshire pork. Find out more about buying Seriously Good Venison.


Seriously Good Venison

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Dunlop Dairy Cheeses – made in Ayrshire

Finishing your meal with a cheese board? Enjoy a selection of Scottish cheeses from Dunlop Dairy – a traditional Ayrshire cheesemaker. Find out more about buying Dunlop Dairy Cheese.

Image Credit Dunlop Dairy Facebook page


Isle of Harris Gin – made on the Isle of Harris

If whisky isn’t your tipple of choice why not try some Isle of Harris gin? Distilled in the heart of Harris, this gin is made with local waters and made by local hands. Find out more about buying Isle of Harris Gin.

Isle of Harris Gin

Image credit – Isle of Harris Gin Facebook page


If you don’t fancy cooking why not visit the New Lanark Mill Hotel‘s Mill One Restaurant for a delicious meal? Take a look at the menu here!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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04/07/16 New Lanark Ice Cream # , , , ,

Making New Lanark Ice Cream

Making New Lanark Ice Cream

New Lanark Ice Cream: award winning ice cream with a unique twist – it’s made and sold in a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

The ice cream here in New Lanark is made by the team: Andy Park and Ronnie North. Andy and Ronnie’s ice cream factory has been in New Lanark for roughly 2 months now as it was relocated from Lanark to New Lanark in May 2016. Both spent 3 and a half years in the Lanark ice cream factory. New Lanark’s ice cream is sold throughout central Scotland to hotels, restaurants and also to local butchers. Not only is the ice cream distributed outside of New Lanark but it is also sold on site and can be bought in the Mill Café, New Lanark Mill Hotel, Village Store and Wee Row Hostel. There is also a van down at a local garden centre, Dobbies, where you can find New Lanark’s ice cream.

Ice cream factory

The process of making the ice cream can take up to 10/14 hours and there are set days for doing each part of the process. The machinery down in the factory is modern and up to date, ensuring a high quality product is produced. The factory has large windows which allows you to see how the ice cream is made and we are looking to incorporate this into the guided tours of the village so visitors can see the ice cream production up close!

Andy and Ronnie are always looking for ways to expand New Lanark Ice Cream, and there are many exciting developments in the pipeline for the future!


Ice cream factory

Inside the Ice Cream factory


Ice cream in the factory

Ice cream in the factory freezer

What makes New Lanark ice cream unique?

New Lanark’s ice cream is unique and incomparable to any other ice cream brand because it is made and sold in New Lanark World Heritage Site. New Lanark ice cream is also full dairy and that is why it has such a lovely taste. Grahams (the Scottish family farming and dairy business) milk and butter is used when making the ice cream. This shows that the ice cream ingredients are from top quality farms and also that everything is kept local.


Now onto the awards! New Lanark ice cream has won many awards in the past several years, including overall champion prize at the Royal Highland Show in 2015 for the Simply Vanilla flavour. New Lanark ice cream is now up there with the very best of ice cream. Below is a list of all the awards that New Lanark ice cream has won recently…

Royal Highland Show 2016 – BronzeSimply Vanilla

Royal Highland Show 2016 – BronzeRaspberry Panna Cotta

Royal Highland Show 2016 – BronzeCandied Orange

Ice Cream Alliance Awards 2016 – Bronze MedalSimply Vanilla

Ice Cream Alliance Awards 2016 – Diplomas of MeritSimply Vanilla & Mascarpone and Strawberry

Ice Cream Alliance Awards 2016 – DiplomaPuff Candy

Royal Highland Show 2015 – Overall Champion Ice CreamSimply Vanilla

Royal Highland Show 2015 – GoldSimply Vanilla

Royal Highland Show 2015 – BronzeJammy Dodger

Ice Cream Alliance Awards 2015 – Diploma of MeritSimply Vanilla

Ice Cream Alliance Awards 2015 – DiplomasVanilla Pod & Jaffa Cake

Bronze medal award

Bronze medal award



New Lanark Ice Cream trophy

The trophy for Overall Champion Ice Cream at the Royal Highland Show 2015

Award certificates

New Lanark ice cream award certificates

Andy and Ronnie are both extremely proud of their achievements and receiving the awards. These awards speak for themselves, 11 awards in the past 2 years. New Lanark is now a serious name in the ice cream industry and have proven that they are up there with the best.

Andy and Ronnie

Andy and Ronnie


To find out more about enjoying New Lanark’s Ice Cream, visit the New Lanark Ice Cream page on the New Lanark website!

Ronan – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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12/03/15 Behind the scenes at New Lanark # , , , ,

How do you make New Lanark Ice Cream?

How do you make New Lanark Ice Cream?

Did you know that New Lanark make our own Ice Cream? Our Award Winning Dairy Ice Cream is made using fresh milk to a traditional recipe and is available in a range of delicious flavours, from Vanilla to Jammy Dodger!

New Lanark Ice Cream Ltd is owned by the New Lanark Trust, so whenever you buy a cone or tub of our Ice Cream you’re contributing to the restoration and development of the historic village within New Lanark World Heritage Site.

Andy, Ronnie (photographed below) and Jim from the New Lanark Ice Cream Team recently attended the Ice Cream Expo 2015 in Harrogate.

We’re delighted to say that our ‘Vanilla’ flavour was awarded a Diploma of Merit in the Dairy Ice Cream, artisan class. Our ‘Vanilla Pod’ and ‘Jaffa cake’ flavours gained a Diploma in the Open and Open flavour classes respectively. Congratulations to the team!

New Lanark Ice Cream Team - Andy and Ronnie

After our success at Harrogate, we thought this would be the perfect chance to visit the New Lanark Ice Cream factory to find out how our delicious Ice Cream is made…


Step 1. All the secret ingredients are mixed together in a machine called the ‘Pasteuriser’. This huge machine can hold up to 220 litres at a time, and cooks the mixture in the temperature controlled enviroment over a period of up to 24 hours.


Step 2. Next comes the ‘Batch Freezer’, the mixed up liquid from the pasturiser is poured into the Batch Freezer in batches of 10 litres at a time. At this point special flavourings and ingredients can be added.

New Lanark Ice Cream being poured into the Batch Freezer


Step 3. The machine then takes 10 minutes to freeze each batch into a frozen consistency that isn’t solid, but still manageable allowing it to be poured into tubs like you can see below…


Step 4. Depending on the flavour of Ice Cream being made, solid ingredients are mixed in at this point using a spatula. Today we’re making Jammy Dodger Ice Cream so the ‘jammy’ flavour and biscuit pieces are mixed in gradually. 

New Lanark Ice Cream 

Step 5. The tubs are then transported to the Blast Chiller which freezes the Ice Cream quickly at a temperature of around -22 degrees!

Step 6. TASTE! What can we say – freshly made Ice Cream has to be the next best thing since sliced bread. New Lanark Ice Cream isn’t aerated so the consistency is very thick and creamy. 


New Lanark Ice Cream is available to buy at our Ice Cream Parlour in the Mill Café, is sold in a number of local farm shops and is served in hotels & restaurants across the country. We make over 60 flavours of Ice Cream and 20 flavours of sorbets. If you have a special requirement or taste we can also do bespoke flavours! Email our Ice Cream chef/production on [email protected] to find out more. 

 New Lanark Ice Cream

Anyone for a cone?

Melissa – Marketing and PR Officer

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