March/April 2018 Newsletter


Thankfully now the snow has receded and we can begin to look forward to the warmer weather and to ice cream! Being located in a remote area of Herefordshire the adverse weather did cause us a few problems and we had to close for a couple of days in February.  To those of our customers whose deliveries were delayed slightly we’d just like to say a big thank you for bearing with us and hopefully you weren’t inconvenienced too much.


Our Spring specials will be:

Rhubarb Ice Cream    and    Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

The Cookies & Cream is available now but the cold weather has delayed the production of rhubarb somewhat. Hopefully it will be ready towards the end of the month, and we’re happy to take orders now. We source our rhubarb from the neighbouring village of Redmarley d’Abitôt and it goes beautifully with the Herefordshire cream we use. Both specials will be available in all our normal sizes.




Work is continuing on the parlour, restoring the building, updating the electrics and making it fire compliant. A few issues have been found along the way, but we are still expecting to be open in time for the summer. Inside the décor is going to be bright oranges and blues, with quite retro furniture. The freezer cabinets and the barista coffee machine have now been ordered and we have started recruiting staff. In addition to ice cream we will be serving waffles and pancakes, smoothies, milk shakes, good quality coffee, fruit juices and alcohol. We will also be open seven days a week. Chia, our dairy manager, is pictured posing in front of the parlour for the local press on a rather snowy day recently.



Welcome to the latest member of the team, Tracey, who has recently come to work for us. Tracey was referred to us by the local Salters Hill organisation (see this link for more information on the work they do). Tracey comes to us for a couple of hours a week, and is initially being supported by a job coach until she is ready to work on her own. Her job is to assemble the lids for our 100ml tubs, putting the cardboard label inserts and spoons into the plastic frame. She managed to do 400 on her first day!



Last week we were delighted to host a visit from Class 1 of Pendock Primary School. The children got a tour, learnt about how ice-cream is made and of course tasted some of our delicious ice-cream (picture from the school website).





In our last newsletter we reported that Sarah had departed on maternity leave with her baby due on January 25th. We are delighted to report that Tom was actually born on 22nd January, and mother and baby are both doing fine. He has yet to taste our ice cream, but it’s only a matter of time!


We probably won’t be doing so many fairs this summer because of the work involved in opening the parlour. However we do have three provisional events lined up, and there will no doubt be more:

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

Ledbury Food Festival – Sunday 8th July

The Evesham Big Bounce – Saturday/Sunday 18/19th August





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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