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Take Las Vegas glitz, add a dash of Morocco, some 1950s kitchenette design and a bit of reclaimed timber and – hocus pocus – you have the magical Ruby Violet. We’re not sure what Tufnell Park has done to deserve one of London’s premier ice-cream parlours, but whether you’re on a date or out with the kids, there are few occasions this place doesn’t suit. The ices (expect a choice of 18) are all made in a pristine kitchen from Duchy Originals organic milk, free-range eggs and a glass and a half of discernment.

Reliably excellent standard flavours are supplemented with intriguing diversions such as rhubarb and verjus, or elderflower and prosecco. On the counter there’s usually a gooey curiosity such as Guinness and blue cheese or chocolate-beetroot cake. For parties and special occasions you can order flower-shaped sorbets, layered balls and bombes, and ‘antarctic rolls’ of ice-cream in sponge. Drinks continue the high-level tone with fabulous hot chocolate made with Callebaut Couverture, Newby teas and Square Mile coffee. Service can be slow, if we’re being picky, but on the whole this place is excellent.


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Ruby Violet says
Ruby Violet is an eclectic, innovative ice cream destination based in Tufnell Park.

In our north London parlour we produce our unique hand made ice cream. In the space of a few years we have grown from our early days behind a stall at local markets to a busy parlour with a fast growing following. Our founding principles remain unchanged.

We try to be seasonal. We clean, peel, grate, zest and squeeze all our fruit on the premises. Our walnuts come from the trees of one of our customers, we crack them, chop them and turn them into ice cream and walnut brittle.

Customers arrive with mint, rhubarb, damsons, quinces, enthusiasm and ideas, and in turn we transform these ingredients into wonderful ice cream that uses traditional techniques to create subtle and exotic flavours. It is what sets us apart, and creates our distinctive taste. Quality that starts at the source.

We use no artificial additives, our ice cream is made with Duchy Originals organic milk, free range eggs, Fairtrade or British sugar and all our packaging is biodegradable.

We support, and are supported by, our community, and though we have big dreams for the future, this will always be at the heart of our business.

Quality, individuality, spontaneity and a love of ice cream is stamped through everything we do.

In summer we travel far and wide with Billy, our vintage van.

Winner of the Time Out Love London Award for Best Shop in Kentish Town.

London Evening Standard's favourite late-night dessert bar.
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Venue name: Ruby Violet
Address: 118 Fortess Road
Opening hours: Open 11am-7pm Mon-Thur, Sat, Sun; 11am-10pm Fri
Transport: Tube: Tufnell Park
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Average User Rating

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Gail B

Yummy ice creams in unusual flavours. All made with local and organic ingredients. Great shop and packaging too and very friendly staff!

Michele T

A very different and quirky ice cream shop. This shop does not follow the usual ice cream parlour tradition and there lies its success. A wide variety of good unusual flavours makes Ruby stand out from the crowd!

Kiran M

I love Ruby Violet, the staff, the atmosphere, but mostly the scrumptious ice cream!

Dana G

Best ice cream shop ever! Always get cravings for a good peanut butter and vanilla milkshake!
Lovely staff, beautiful shop!

Peter E

You don't need a summer to enjoy the various and sometimes exotic flavours at Ruby Violets.

Emma P
Staff Writer

A friend took me here and I've been yearning to go back ever since. There are some intriguing and unusual flavour combinations and the more standard flavours are delicious too. The kids loved it as it's a sweet place to sit too. My friend says they'll even superfreeze a box to take away and she made it over two counties' distance from London by train to her dinner destination – both she and the ice-cream arrived on perfect form.

Judith Yallop

Thankyou timeout, After reading about this place I thought I'd pop in as I live nearby. Really lived up to expectation, such a beautiful shop with some top notch ice cream :)