The History of Solley's Ice Cream

We’re proud to be a family run business with four generations of experience on the farm behind us.

Our Great Story

Having been the home to the family’s herd of Guernsey cows since the 1930’s, over the years the local milk rounds began to slow under increasing pressure from the supermarkets and in 1985 Stephen Solley began looking for ways to add value to the milk.

Guernsey milk is ideal for ice cream due to its high cream content, and so the first batches of Solley’s Ice Cream were made. Demand for the farm’s ice cream soon outstripped supply and the decision was taken to sell the dairy cows to allow this side of the business to expand.

Jump to today

Today, milk from our neighbouring farm is used to make the ice cream and 85% of our base ingredients are sourced locally.  We have grown to become the South East’s largest independent producer of real dairy ice cream, now run by Stephen’s son in law and daughter Keith & Katie Morrison.  We deliver daily to stockists across the South East as well as selling direct from the farm gate throughout the summer and offer home delivery throughout Kent.

Visit the farm

Covering 383 acres in total, the majority of the Solley’s estate is arable land. The farm has its own Ice Cream Parlour on site offering takeaway ice cream & with tractor rides running at weekends (weather dependent).

Solley’s Ice Cream Parlour is open March – December, and The Pub at Solley’s year round. Visitors are welcome to visit us to see where our delicious ice cream is made, explore the Kentish countryside surrounding the farm and join us for breakfast, light lunch, cake, hot & cold drinks and of course ice cream.  Events also run throughout the year, visit our events page to find out more.

We offer a local home delivery system offering our range of delicious Solley’s Ice Cream delivered to your doorstep year round.  Full information including delivery areas and how to order can be found here.