Ventnor’s Crave is one of that small and select class of venues that is spectacular enough for us to drive across the Island on a whim; not knowing what was on offer but confident that whatever they were offering, we wanted it.
Crave is an extraordinary little ice-cream shop, making their own ice-cream on site and offering a large and ever-changing range of exciting home-made flavours. Every time we have been there has been something new – and the selection is epic. Flavours we’ve seen include moonshine apple strudel, battenberg, banoffee and carrot cake. There are many more, always including a dairy-free option. And here’s the good bit – you get to taste them. Yes, if you’re not sure which to choose (and you won’t be) then you can get personal ice-cream advice from the expert staff, and then sample a little spoonful. And then maybe another. Yes, the whole family can. Even the kids. And yes, they are patient, and friendly. They are confident enough in their product to think you’re going to like it – and they are right.
We have eaten Crave’s ice cream many, many times. Once, after our first course of the excellent Ventnor Haven‘s crab on chips, the jolly ice-cream lady conspiratorially mentioned that she had ‘something under the counter’ that Matt might like. Her suspicion was correct: a Thai sweet chilli ice cream. An unexpected flavour, that he absolutely loved. He had a double scoop in a cone of the sweet, coconutty, ice cream flavoured with lemon-grass, ginger and slivers of candied chilli that gave it a sparky kick. Cat had a tub of Ventnor Rocher: chock full of hazelnuts, plus a scoop of millionaires shortcake with its firm chocolate chunks, caramel and pockets of shortbread.
Crave, double scoop: 2 @ £3.30
Crave also serves churros, sundaes and knickerbocker glories. We’re not entirely sure we could reliably describe the difference between a sundae and a knickerbocker glory. We can say they look great but frankly, we’ve never had a chance to try these because the ice cream is just so compelling.
Crave is unreservedly recommended, we urge you to take that voyage to Ventnor and pick up the little plastic spoon – once you’ve sampled, we know you’ll buy.
- Wonderful home-made ice cream
- Constantly changing menu
- Outstandingly friendly service
- Not the cheapest ice cream in Ventnor
- Sometimes it's really difficult to choose which ice cream to have!