ITALIAN ice cream has always had the cool factor, but you don’t get much hipper than an ice cream business run by two former pop stars.
Charming brothers John and David Lewis from Morecambe, were both in the successful 80s pop group The Ice Factory, and now run their own ice cream empire, with cafes on the promenade in Morecambe, on New Street in Lancaster, and next to the lake at Bowness on Windermere.
Not only that, two of the company’s former employees are in the up-and-coming Morecambe band The Heartbreaks, who are about to release their first album.
Very rock ’n roll.
David’s vivacious wife Andrea also works for the company, and all three are involved in the manufacturing process at their factory in Oxenholme near Kendal.
John and David’s Italian great grandfather Pietro first started at the beginning of the 20th Century making ice cream in Morecambe, and the family tradition was continued by their grandfather John Anthony.
In the early days, the company was based at Poulton Square in the town. At that time, Morecambe was a thriving resort and the demand for top-quality Italian ice cream was huge.
John and David still make the ice cream to their ancestors’ Italian recipe, but they have expanded the original range to encompass both traditional and new, exciting and exotic flavours including Mascarpone Honey Crunch and Ferrera Kiss.
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