iScream in Oxford
iScream Oxford, 113 & 114 Covered Market, Oxford, OX1 3DZ have now been awarded our highly revered Good Food Award – Gold Seal for 2019. Our Gold Seal is the highest accolade bestowed by the Good Food Awards and is reserved to those achieving our award for three consecutive years or more. Premises must maintain the same exceptional standards that gained them initial entry into our awards over a three year period. Truly making this achievement the marque of distinction. These premises have demonstrated exceptional levels of food quality, service and value when compared to our industry benchmarks in their category and have now maintained this formidable standard for three or more consecutive years.
In recognition of this achievement they have been duly awarded our highest accolade the 2019 Good Food Award – Gold Seal | Good Food Award Winners in 2017, 2018 & 2019.
The origins of iScream Oxford go back to a summer holiday in Tuscany over a decade ago when our founder, and gelatiere Graham, had that one big Epiphany moment. Out of the blue, he announced: “I’m going to open a gelateria one day.” Why? Because the village’s gelateria was open from dawn until the wee hours and packed with locals from 1 – 99 years of age dropping in for their daily gelati. Even the craggy faced old men would stop by for a little gelato on the way back from the pub.
Graham was hooked. He wanted to re-create the purity and intensity of the gelato experience at home. There was no going back to insipid soft ices or the commercially produced ice creams of corner shops. The business idea was lodged.
Of course, the holiday ended and Graham went back to his long established career in property with his dreams stowed away with the old suitcases. But in 2014, when all the dice suddenly all fell the right way at the right time, he and Jen (his wonderful wife) leapt at the chance to take on a lease in Oxford’s Covered Market… iScream was now a reality.
“If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well,” is a Grahamism that he and Jen live by. So, they enthusiastically threw themselves into taste testing trips, burned the midnight oil researching the logistics of opening a gelateria and sourcing the best local ingredients from organic farms with impeccable provenance and consistent, intense, flavour and quality.
And now iScream is open in Oxford’s foody heaven, the Covered Market, with chosen suppliers who have the same inherent ethical standards and dedication to perfection as Graham and Jen and machinery from the finest, innovative and longest standing Italian gelato engineering company –Carpigiani – “the Ferraris of gelato making”.
Blimey, are you still reading this? Get yourself down to the Covered Market, watch the gelati being made fresh every day in the lab and awaken those tired old taste buds. We’re not saying your life will change with just one lick as Graham’s did – but you’ll never know ‘til you try.
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113 & 114 Covered Market, Oxford, OX1 3DZ
- Fantastic little Mediterranean restaurant in the heart of...16th October 2018 - 2:50 pm by Emin
- We have been coming to the Green Olive since it’s open...16th October 2018 - 2:46 pm by Abigail
- Always fresh and tasty food with great service.16th October 2018 - 2:42 pm by Tahnee Preston
- Congratulation! I am delighted to know the good news....6th October 2018 - 5:16 pm by M Roye