Gaetano Mansi, an Italian immigrant and master ice-cream maker, Marine Ices has an extensive menu of sweet treats, including over twenty flavours of gelati (ice-creams), nine varieties of fruit sorbet, Italian specialities such as Zabaglione and Cassata Siciliana, and casa specials like waffles and brownies.
You can combine any number of ice-creams with sauces and toppings to create your own open sundae or you can choose one of the classics, such as a Knickerbocker Glory or Banana Split. If you fancy something less elaborate, there is a choice of eleven 'coppe' (cups), such as Coppa Lydia, comprising one scoop of coffee ice-cream, one of Ferrero Rocher, Amaretti biscuits and maple sauce. All menu items are served with fresh whipped cream, unless you ask otherwise.
I had an open sundae comprising one scoop of coconut ice-cream, one of rum and raisin, topped with amaretti pieces and meringue, which cost £5.95, and was absolutely delicious. Alternatively, you can simply choose a scoop or two of your favourite gelati or sorbet for £2.20 a scoop or £2.45 served in a waffle basket. All the ice-cream is made with fresh double cream and both the gelati and sorbets are free from artificial colouring and flavourings.
Milk shakes, sorbet refreshers, and the usual selection of hot and cold drinks are also available as accompaniments.
The ice cream parlour itself is rather an unassuming, white building from the outside, with a simple interior, the only notable feature being the celebrity endorsements adorning the walls. Well known personalities do pop up here from time to time, usually with children in tow.
The ice-cream parlour is housed in the same building as the restaurant, part of the same enterprise, which serves authentic Italian food.
Marine Ices is located at the junction of Haverstock Hill and Adelaide Road, a few strides away from Chalk Farm underground station on the Northern Line, close to The Roundhouse, Camden and a few minutes from bustling Camden market.