Since 2016 Bears ice cream has had a shop in Goldhawk Rd: ‘Bears Parlour’ opposite Ravenscourt Park. Despite the inauspicious times, English / Icelandic husband and wife, Phil Harrison and Vera Thordardottir have just opened a second shop, ‘Bears at the Pavilion’, at the kiosk on Brook Green and are also expanding westwards, offering deliveries to homes in Chiswick, brought to you by pedal power.
The shops are Icelandic style ‘soft serve’ shops, in the tradition of Vera’s home country, where lots of different toppings are on offer and you can create your own flavour combinations.
Besides their soft serve, which is only available in store, they recently launched Bears Scoop Club, an online ordering service of ice creams tubs delivered to your home. These ice creams are all freshly churned & designed by Phil and made to order, using Jersey milk, or rice, oat and soy for their vegan selection. The flavours include unusual combinations such as ‘Salted Pumpkin Seed Nougat’ ice cream and ‘Blueberry, Lavender Jam Meringue Swirl’. Their Double Dark Chocolate Vegan received a Great British Taste Award in 2019.
Phil used to be head chef at The Anglesea Arms, a gastropub in Brackenbury Village. When they had kids, he decided pub hours were no longer for him, and they set up their first ice cream shop, which quickly gained quite a large fan base.
‘From Salted Pumpkin Seed Nougat ice cream to Blueberry, Lavender Jam Meringue Swirl, Phil’s mission is to surprise and excite the ice cream lover who dares to go off-piste but also appreciates the more classic flavours.’
Where else could you try Beetroot, raspberry and wasabi ice cream, or a Grapefruit & Tonic sorbet G&T, to pair up with your own favorite gin?
Vegans are well catered for, with options such as ‘Choccy Cornflake Danger’ ice cream and ‘Lime, Chilli and Coriander’ sorbet. Children can amuse themselves with the ‘Keep the Kids Happy’ pack.
All their ice creams are made to order. Currently they deliver locally on Tuesdays and Fridays to W3, W4, W6, W12 and W14 post codes. On Wednesday to W5. On Saturdays to SW15, SW13, W11 & W8.
Club Card offer
Bears would like to offer Chiswick Calendar Club Card holders 10% off their ‘Scoop Club’ flavours, delivered to people’s homes in west London by bike on Tuesdays and Fridays. Tubs cost £8.50. Two tubs is the minimum order for free delivery.
Order online here using the promotional code CCC10