MY FAVOURITE PLACE IN OXFORD – G&DS CAFE

So I have a confession. For a few years now, I have been cheating on the pin-ups of all things ice cream, Ben & Jerry’s.

I know, I know, who could be so amazing that I deem them more important than the two men who have always been there to pick me up in times of trouble?

I’ll tell you who. George & D (D being the biggest mystery in Oxford history – who actually is the D?!) or G&Ds as you may know them.

Never heard of them? Let me take you on a trip to one of their three little cafes spread out around Oxford – be sure to pack your expandable trousers!

G&Ds was created over 20 years ago and as well as serving the BEST ice cream I may have ever tasted, they also offer bagels, coffee, salads and more. I can’t lie to you, I’ve never tried any of their other products as I’m one huge ice cream fiend, but I can confirm they look amazing!
As a regular at Cowley Road’s cafe (George & Delila), I decided to instead venture on over to the one based in St. Aldate’s, having never visited before (this one being George & Danver dontcha know!)
Seeing that big painted hand probably brings me more joy than it should, but if you love ice cream as much as I do, then you’ll understand!

 

Now apart from incredible ice cream (obviously…), there’s something else which keeps me coming back to them. All three of the G&Ds have a particular laidback atmosphere which makes the experience a whole lot more enjoyable. You know how Central Perk was just so damn cool in Friends? It’s like that. But cooler (because of the ice cream – geddit?)

The staff are cool (ok I’ll stop now), hip and friendly, the menus are to die for and there is always an excited buzz of chatter coming from all corners of the building. Whether you’re there at lunchtime or 10pm, there are always groups and couples making their way through the variety of goods on offer. And that’s exactly what I was there for – to work my way through a whole host of what they had available.

Knowing I was going to struggle to work my way through this challenge alone, I chose the only man I knew who would be up to the job to accompany me – the boyfriend.
So what did we go for? Let me guide you through it….
First up, the cookie sandwich. You order the cookies, and then choose which ice cream you want to go inbetween. Naturally, I went straight for their “Super #?*! Chocolate” flavour, and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
Just look at how well they compliment one another…

Next up, we opted for waffles and vanilla ice cream (sauce and sprinkles optional). Whilst the vanilla ice cream was beautiful, I think I’d pass on the waffles next time as they were just a little too ‘gooey’ for my liking. That being said, we still made sure to finish it off and I think sauce and sprinkles would have worked wonders.

Did I save the best til last? You bet I did! Brownies and Peanut Butter Cup ice cream (or “Road To Reeses” as it’s listed on the menu).
That’s right, you read correctly – PEANUT BUTTER CUP ICE CREAM.
Complete and utter heaven for the tastebuds. The brownie is baked to perfection, the ice cream is incredible and together…look, I can’t quite put into words how amazing it truly is, so please just promise me next time you’re in Oxford you’ll head on over to a G&Ds to check it out…

 

The ice cream menu does change regularly between the three shops, so head on over to their website to check which flavours are in which cafe should you have one in particular in mind. Open from 8am until midnight everyday, you should definitely be able to find the time to head on over there to test out their menu – you won’t regret it, I promise. Add to this the fact that all of the ice cream is made on the premises and do not contain any artificial flavours, preservatives or additives, and you’re on to a winner!

I’ll see you there!

This post was in conjunction with Goodman’s UK, who challenged me to review my favourite place in Oxford to be included in a guide on the city for them. This has not affected my overall review of G&Ds – as you can probably tell, I’m already addicted to the place!

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