An evening of gelato tasting at Marine Ices, Camden!

On a bright summer’s evening, we headed off to Camden for a gelato tasting session at Marine Ices. Love the wisteria, especially when it is in full bloom!

After a warm welcome from Eddie and Kitty, we settled down with fellow food bloggers in their bright private events room with coffees and teas and perused their standard and daily specials menus to see what treats we were in store for – sadly though, it was too cool that evening on the terrace to be enjoying their gelato comfortably; for another day to explore!

Choices, choices …

… now a bit of history and background to this unique gelateria:

Marine Ices was opened in Camden, London in 1931 by founder and gelato pioneer Gaetano Mansi bringing real Italian gelato to discerning Londoners; but then relocated down the Camden Road to larger premises with a terrace on 23rd August, 2014. Also, they migrate social media from @marineparlour to @MarineGelato in September, 2015. All change – and for the better!

They have a reputation for producing perfect gelato with authentic Italian flavours, plus also having inventive and interesting new flavour combinations on their ever changing specials menus. Also, they supply many restaurants, ice cream parlours, quality food shops and delicatessens around the country, so if you can’t make it to their own parlour in Camden your can still get their tasty gelato somewhere near you.

The gelato is now made in a state of the art creamery on the Myatt family’s own Suffolk farm, but they still stay true to the original Italian recipes of their founder.

We kicked off with Coppa Aldo : chocolate and tiramisu gelato with banana and hot fudge sauce.

We enjoyed the gelato, but were not keen on the addition of the banana. We hoped the next gelato surprise with please our palates more.

We were not disappointed – next was a Knickerbocker Glory. We loved the freshness of the peach and strawberry sorbet. The feeling of summer in a dessert!

Brownies we can never resist, so Chocolate Brownie Sundae was next on the list – wish we had smell o vision, it smelt So Good:

Lovely contrast of warm brownies against cold chocolate gelato – and a flat white, as coffee and icecream are a great combo.

They also serve a range of good quality Black Sheep coffees, as was the consensus around the table.

Everyone loves chocolate, so no surprise that a Coppa Stefania followed:

Particularly loved the addition of the liqueur soaked amarena cherries, which were complemented by the great texture created by the hazelnut nibs.

What better way to break up the marathon of gelato than with warm Belgian Waffles slathered in warm, velvety chocolate sauce! Perfect to provide that comforting feeling inside now that we are heading into Autumn.

Next: Peach melba – loved the juicy peaches complemented by the melba sauce. Though this time we thought that you could loose the cream on top. Saying that, this is personal preference; especially as we had already gone through quite a lot of gelato by this point!


If you are not sure what to get, then go for an open sundae: a combination of flavours ; like this one chosen by Maria of chocolate, caramel and brownies (a large version of the coppa stefania):

… and a close-up of this divine combination!

We rounded off the evening with our favourite flavours: Speculoos and Toffee Crunch – in waffle cones!

… “I am now ready for my close-up” !


We will be heading back to try their new Ferrero Rocher creation – one of our favourite chocolates, and now in gelato form!

Photo courtesy of: Marine Ices

Highly recommended, as they serve the best gelato we have found outside Italy!

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Thank you to Lilly and Laura for looking after us during the evening, and to Eddie (manager) and Kitty (Trapeze Media) for organising and inviting us to this fun gelato session.

Great also meeting both familiar and new fellow bloggers Alex, Vi Vian, Felicia, Maria (social manager for baagloo , a global social media app with a social conscience), Iris, Jessica, and Ioan.

Photo courtesy of: Marine Ices

About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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