An iconic Lincoln ice cream shop is due to close its doors for the final time this weekend after 28 years of selling award-winning ice cream. Dennetts Ice Cream Parlour in the Bailgate will serve its final scoop on Sunday, September 18.
The family-run shop situated just north of the Castle Square in Uphill Lincoln has been a favourite spot for many locals and tourists over the years. The Dennett family has been making dairy ice cream in Lincolnshire for three generations, with the first shop opening in the 1920’s in Spilsby.
Claire Dennett, 64, runs Dennetts Ice Cream Parlour in Lincoln and feels it’s now time to step back and take a much-needed break. She said: “I’ve been there for 28 years and I feel that it is time for a change.
“We have a lovely little shop that sells old-fashioned sweets and Dennetts Ice Cream in Spilsby which is only a mile from where I live rather than 38 miles. It’s time that I got my work-life balance back as it’s been a lot of travel backwards and forwards.
“We’re still manufacturing our ice cream the same and will still be selling it here in Spilsby. One of the nice things that happened while in Lincoln is seeing little girls and boys coming in to have an ice cream and they are now coming back bringing their children with them.
“I’ve seen a whole generation go round and it’s lovely.” Claire’s daughter, Kate Dennett, is the company director at Dennetts Ice Cream.
She said: “It will be very sad for my mother and will be a shock for her I think. She’s moving over to Spilsby to run the shop here so she won’t have to do so much travelling.”
A section of the company’s statement on Facebook said: “We would like to thank all our customers for their support, and hope some of you will call for an ice cream is Spilsby when you’re passing! Please see our website for more stockists of Dennett’s Ice Cream.”