La Cerise, 199-201 Great Junction Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 5LQ
0131 555 6065
This article was written for the May edition of Bite Magazine, the free mini-guide to eating and drinking in Edinburgh. You can pick up a copy from all good local deli’s and restaurants, for the rest of this month, or you can download a PDF from their website.
Summer is nearly here and to me that means one thing: ice cream! If you want the best
that Edinburgh has to offer, look no further than Great Junction Street; home to La Cerise
Martin and Claire have been churning out their artisan ice cream for four years now. Martin
has a background in dairy, and his passion for the product is obvious. At La Cerise, they
like to do things a little differently. “Most ice cream makers have a white base that they add
flavour to; whether that’s pistachio or strawberry” he explains, “but here at La Cerise we
always start from scratch with a focus on both texture and flavour.”
The result is full flavoured ice cream that actually tastes like the flavour it claims. My favourite
is the strawberry sherbert, packed with Fife strawberries; creamy, and singing with fruit, it’s
hard to believe that this yoghurt based treat is so low in fat. It’s also hard to believe that such
joyful ice cream is made in a basement kitchen in Leith.
“The best thing about making our own ice cream is that we can experiment with different
tastes and textures” enthuses Claire. For the Leith Festival a few years ago they created a
Crabbies ice cream: ginger, with popping candy to add sparkle. Every weekend the shop
closes while the two beaver away in the kitchen below, dreaming up new and exciting flavour
The indecisive among us can choose from a range of ice cream sundaes. Their creative
staff and customers have dreamt up most of the combinations. Make no bones about it, their
customers are loyal. “We have one couple who come up from the Borders once a week just to
see us” says Claire, proudly.
Unfortunately for nine to five-rs, La Cerise is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. You
can still sample their fabulous ice cream out of hours, as they supply to a select few local
eateries: The Beachhouse, Peter’s Yard, Loudon’s, and Bia Bistrot.
But if you ask me, this is ice cream worth pulling a sicky for.