The sweet taste of success

Kate and Nick Spurr with the Golden Fork Award and their award-winning Sicilian Pistachio Ice-cream.
Kate and Nick Spurr with the Golden Fork Award and their award-winning Sicilian Pistachio Ice-cream.

AN Amble-based ice-cream company has scooped a top industry award.

Spurreli Ice-Cream received a coveted Golden Fork Award for the Best speciality food in the North of England in this year’s Great Taste Awards.

The Golden Fork, sponsored by Hider Foods, was awarded for Spurreli’s Pure Sicilian Pistachio ice-cream from an initial 7,481 product entry from no fewer than 1,600 individual competing companies.

Spurreli was one of four nominations from the north of England by the Guild of Fine Food.

This is the second occasion Spurreli has received an industry accolade for its Sicilian Pistachio variety having earlier this year been award Three Stars in the Great Taste Awards 2011.

The Golden Fork final grand jury judges included leading industry figures such as Antonio Carluccio, Charles Campion and 2010 Master Chef Winner Dhruv Baker.

Spurreli boutique ice-cream only opened 12 months ago and celebrated its first anniversary on August Bank Holiday weekend.

The business was started by husband and wife team Nick and Kate Spurr and has gone from strength to strength.

The company, based at the former Chandlery at the Old Boat Yard, now employs 12 people and is open 52 weeks of the year.

Nick said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious industry award.

“We’ve worked extremely hard to develop our unique range of ice-cream base and flavours.

“The award has put Spurreli on the UK’s fine food map and will further raise the profile of the Spurreli artisan brand.

“All our ingredients are locally or regionally sourced whenever possible including milk from Marley Cote Walls Farm.

“Seasonal fruit is picked from home or local allotments and we’ve recently developed another popular new flavour, Spurreli’s Alnwick Rum and Raisin.”

Spurreli stocks up to 24 different flavours at any one time and has 60 available recipes on its books.

The company will be attending this year’s Alnwick Food Festival, from tomorrow to Sunday, with a range of nine specialist varieties including its Golden Fork-winning Sicilian Pistachio as well as local speciality, Alnwick Rum and Raisin flavour.