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Visits: The Nice Company

The word ‘artisan’ has been bandied about so many times of late, it really has lost much of it’s meaning. But then I meet someone like Cherylle Cowley and it makes sense again. A woman of many talents, she started her career in the advertising industry but eventually got tired of the game. Round about the same time (this was 18 years ago)  she tells me ‘I couldn’t find decent ice cream anywhere’ so she decided to make her own,  and that’s how The Nice Company started…hand-made small-batch ice cream that will send your face to heaven. As I donned my hairnet to have a look at the making process, they were experimenting with a batch of saffron and honey, but their tasty staples are classic flavours like raspberry & rose and apricot cheesecake.

Chatting with Cherylle she tells me some interesting stories about how her chocolates got wrapped in Helmut Starcke art…but says many times ‘don’t quote me’. So sorry, dear reader, but those facts will go with me to my grave.

She lives in converted horse stables in Tokai – a spacious light-filled interesting space…corners filled with heirlooms, art, and her beautiful prize-winning dogs Patrys and Fisant. Oh and this woman has heaps of style and warmth…imagine Grace Coddington’s elegance combined with the quirk of Yayoi Kusama. A potent combination. And she also makes some mean rosemary biscuits.

You can find Nice ice-cream and chocolates at The Blue Cafe, Giovanni’s, and Melissa’s

Photography: Cindy Taylor

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