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Autumn 2018 Newsletter

 

The good weather has continued well into October, but thoughts now turn to colder days and Christmas.

  

PRODUCT UPDATES

We have been planning our Christmas and Winter specials. We are producing three ice creams this year and have already started making them so they will be available in all our normal sizes by the beginning of November. The 3 flavours are:

Christmas Brandy & Rum Ice Cream. By popular demand we are offering our much loved Christmas classic which contains our own mincemeat made from local apples, with dried fruit, nut and spices, and plenty of added brandy and rum. A warm, rich and complex ice cream that is always a favourite.

Spiced Plumb Crumble Ice Cream. Made from local plums this is a lovely flavoursome ice cream, given a seasonal twist by the spice, and some texture from our homemade crumble. It took us a while to work out how to stop the crumble going soft in the ice cream but we think we have cracked it! Alcohol free.

Baileys Ice Cream with Chocolate Ripple. One of the richest ice creams we make. A Very indulgent ice cream for all you chocoholics!

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We still have remaining stock available of both our Rum & Raisin and our Toffee Apple Ice Creams.

 

 LEDBURY ICE CREAM PARLOUR

We continue to receive lots of good feedback about our Ledbury parlour.  Here are a couple posted on Trip Advisor:

“The best ice cream we have ever tasted! … Wow! We have tried quite a few independent ice cream makers and our favourite was a small Cornish producer until now but the first taste of Just Rachel's will never be forgotten …”

“Stopped off in Ledbury quite late on a Sunday afternoon … still open and very accommodating of us trying a couple of flavours. We had the hazelnut praline omg just divine…”

In addition to eating-in don’t forget you can buy all of our flavours, including the specials mentioned above, in 500ml take home sizes from the parlour. Coming up to Christmas we wil also be offering frozen pavlovas and other desserts to take home for the freezer. We make ice cream cakes to order too, ask for details.

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The good early autumn weather has kept us pretty busy so far but from November 5th we will adopt our winter schedule which will see the parlour opening on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30 – 4.30. We may also open for some extra days around Christmas, and we will revert to 7 day opening from Easter.

 

DESSERT & WINE TASTING EVENING

Hurry – limited spaces available! We are collaborating with near neighbours Hay Wines to bring you a one off evening of desserts, ice cream and wine! We will be preparing 5 taster portions of desserts which we will match to 5 of our ice creams, with Hay Wines then matching to 5 different dessert wines.

The event will be in the upstairs room of the parlour at 7.30pm on November 16th. Tickets are £25 and must be booked by 12th November from www.haywines.co.uk/product/16-11-18-pudding-wine-club/

or alison@justrachel.com Here is the provisional line up:

Lemon Tart with Lemon Curd Ice Cream
Peter Lehmann, Botrytis Semillon 2016

Winter Pimms Trifle with Vanilla Ice Cream
Lovells Late Harvest Siegerrebe 2016

Damson Pavlova with Damson & Sloe Gin Ice Cream
Zuccardi Malamado Malbec Liqueur Wine

Chocolate Custard Cake with Baileys Ice Cream with a Chocolate Ripple
Morris Classic Liqueur Muscat

Coffee Panna Cotta with Hazelnut Praline & Coffee Liqueur Ice Cream
Dandelion Vineyards Legacy of Australia 30 YO Pedro Ximenez

 

IN THE DAIRY

 We recently had our annual SALSA inspection which passed off very well with just a few minor practices and procedures which we have been asked to adjust.

For those who aren’t familiar with it, SALSA stands for “Safe And Local Supplier Approval” and is a national scheme operated by the The Institute of Food Science and Technology.  It requires producers to be able to demonstrate that they operate to standards that are recognised and accepted across the industry and importantly also exceed the minimum standards expected by enforcement authorities.

Although this is a voluntary regime and one not adopted by many of our competitors, we believe that the extra discipline and rigour that this system places on us is good for us and for our customers, giving them complete confidence in the quality and safety of the product.

 

 

That’s all for this letter, but please do feel free to contact Chia, Alison or Julian in the office at any time, 01531 650639 or email to info@justrachel.com. We would love to hear from you.

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