Minchella’s launches new flavour of ice cream for South Tyneside Restaurant Week

Coun Alan Kerr, left, and Joe Minchella launch the new flavour of ice cream for South Tyneside Restaurant Week.
Coun Alan Kerr, left, and Joe Minchella launch the new flavour of ice cream for South Tyneside Restaurant Week.

An ice cream company has stepped back in time to create a new flavour for South Tyneside Restaurant Week.

The team at Minchella’s have used historic events in South Shields’ past as the inspiration for its latest creation.

Now, the salted caramel ice cream will be available to buy – but only for the duration of Restaurant Week, which runs from October 3 to 10.

Joe Minchella created the new flavour after discovering that salt panning took place in the town centuries ago, with people regularly boiling up sea water to extract the salt.

“We wanted to create something that would have some relevant link to the area,” he said.

“And after we’d done some research we discovered the stories about the salt industry, so it seemed a perfect fit.”

Minchella’s is one of scores of venues who are taking part in the event, all offering discounts, deals and special offers.

Along with the limited-edition ice cream – which is available at Minchella’s cafes at Sea Road and Ocean Road – the company is offering half-price hot drinks when an ice cream sundae is purchased.

Visitors to the cafes can also buy the ice cream to take home with them, and Minchella’s is making it available to other restaurants who might want to serve it.

South Tyneside Restaurant Week has been created by South Tyneside Council to help boost tourism in the borough, and showcase the range of eateries the area has to offer.

For more information about the restaurant and cafes taking part across South Tyneside, visit www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk