Way back in November, we took a short trip to Aberdeen which included trips (yes multiple) to Mad Penguin – an artisan gelateria and coffeehouse which had opened recently. Despite launching in the winter months, Aberdonians were going mad for gelato! It was amazing, leaving us reminiscing about Italian holidays where we had enjoyed various flavours of the Italian style ice-cream, and thinking that Inverness could do with something similar. Unless you want to socialise in a pub, there’s nowhere independenty in the city centre to grab a coffee or something sweet after 6pm (I think the exception to this is Velocity on Thursdays) on a winter evening.
So when we heard that a gelateria in Inverness was opening, our ears pricked up! Miele’s is a familiar name in the Highlands and Moray Coast as their ice-cream has been produced by the Miele family for over 70 years. The classic vanilla recipe was originally created by the present generation’s great grandfather, and there is a restaurant in Forres complete with ice-cream parlour. Now some of the family are in Inverness, and their gelateria now occupies a small shop on Church Street.
There’s a wide variety (24!) of ever-changing flavours available which range from the usual suspects (strawberry, mint chocolate) to the downright weird and wacky, including Irn-Bru, pistachio, pink grapefruit sorbet and, to celebrate Burns Night recently, even a Haggis and Whisky gelato! Sweets such as Kinder Bueno, Chocolate Orange, Skittles and Parma Violets are also incorporated into flavours too! I also spotted a dairy-free chocolate ice-cream too which means those with dairy allergies can partake in a dessert.
When talking to one of the family who makes the gelato, he told us that there’s a rigorous testing process to ensure that the taste of the gelato is just right, ensuring that any additional flavour can be tasted right through the batch. Of course, local produce is used wherever possible, supporting other independent businesses!
Treats aren’t just limited to a cone or tub of your favourite scoop, there are gelato cupcakes and milkshakes and you can take away tubs filled with scoops of your ice-cream of choice to enjoy at home.
As well as all of these choices, there’s some traybakes, classic Italian pastries, and cannoli, filled with hazelnut, white chocolate, lemon or pistachio. A taste of Italy right there!
My one and only complaint about this place is that a nice bit of bar seating by the window would go down nicely for those wanting to stop by, or even some chairs outside for when it gets warmer. It seems to have done really well in it’s first few weeks of opening, so we’re rooting for Miele’s Gelato to go from strength to strength!
Miele’s Gelateria, 92 Church Street, Inverness. Open 10am-9pm daily (apart from Sundays when they open at 12pm). I was not asked to write a review – we just like to promote local businesses when we have a good experience.