Marine Ices

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Marine Ices

Marine Ices was for­mer­ly London’s best-loved ice cream par­lour – and a pop­u­lar restau­rant too.

Ital­ian immi­grant Gae­tano Man­si opened a gro­cery store in Drum­mond Street, Euston, in 1928. To avoid wast­ing over-ripe fruit he began to make sor­bets, which soon became his best-sell­ing line, prompt­ing him to open Mansi’s Cafe at the foot of Haver­stock Hill in 1931.

After the Sec­ond World War Mansi’s eldest son rebuilt the café in ‘marine’ style, and renamed it accord­ing­ly. From the mid-1960s the busi­ness began sup­ply­ing its frozen desserts to oth­er Lon­don restau­rants, and the­atres and hotels.

Marine Ices was run by mem­bers of the fourth gen­er­a­tion of the Man­si fam­i­ly until they sold out in Feb­ru­ary 2013. The orig­i­nal shop (and restau­rant) closed in Sep­tem­ber 2014. A new shop is locat­ed at 61 Chalk Farm Road.

Giv­en the change in own­er­ship and loca­tion – and the fact that the ice cream itself is now made in Suf­folk rather than in Chalk Farm – the orig­i­nal Marine Ices insti­tu­tion can be con­sid­ered to have expired. How­ev­er, this page will remain on Hid­den Lon­don as an archive piece.
Marine Ices
Marine Ices is the title of a 2011 nov­el by Tony Gar­nett, in which love con­quers all – with the help of ice cream in Chalk Farm.