G&D’s. What a delightful, magical place. By now, students in Hugh’s have had enough trips into the city for walking tours and free time to have visited this Oxford gem and student sanctuary at least once ―or five times, if they’re doing things right. Just listen to some of the flavours on offer: blueberry and lemon sorbet, dimebar crunch, greek yoghurt and honey, and (slightly more obscure, but perhaps even more tempting) purity and danger. And with three sites across Oxford (Little Clarendon Street, St Aldates, and the Cowley Road), the opportunity for superior ice cream and a bright, friendly spot for a quick stop or long, lazy stay is never very far away.
But who is this G, and this D? G is the easier to answer: he is always and ever George Stroup, the founder of G&D’s. As a student in Oxford, he was struck by the lack of quality ice cream, and decided to do something about it. So he opened George and Davis on Little Clarendon Street in the summer of 1992, and this site remains the hub of production and flavour experimentation for the company. George and Danver on St Aldates came next, in 2001, followed by George and Delila six years later. Davis, Danver, and Delila are yet to be identified ―and perhaps the truth is that they are simply there to sound charming, hold continuity and keep George company.
G&D’s is for everyone. G&D’s is for anytime (no, really ―they are open 8am until midnight every day). G&D’s forever.