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Four Winters (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Ice-cream parlours Gloucester Road
5 out of 5 stars
(19user reviews)

Time Out says

Please note, Four Winters has now closed. Time Out Food editors, June 2019.

Walking into Four Winters was a little like stepping into a walk-in fridge, which I suppose isn’t inappropriate for an ice cream shop, especially one that has its very own patented machine that freezes ice cream to order using a blast of liquid nitrogen. It’s what I’d imagine Heston Blumenthal has for a KitchenAid. The staff at the Chelsea shop, despite its frosty aesthetic, offered a warm welcome and eagerly talked new customers through the array of toppings and flavours they have laid out behind the counter like a brain-freeze buffet. Your chosen combination is then poured from a bottle into the scientific mixer and served rather beautifully in a little plastic tub.

There seem to be two main differences between the traditional scoop method and Four Winters’ blast-it-with-sub-zero-natural-gas method. With the latter, it comes out marvellously creamy; there’s no room for ice shards or air or anything else, just maximum good stuff. It wanted to return to its original liquid state once it started melting, so I found myself scooping up little puddles of clotted-cream-flavour soup. But there’s no doubt that in its served state, this is an exemplary ice cream.

That tempting counter full of house-made toppings – cookie dough, scones, Turkish delight, even spicy honey brittle – is sadly a bit misleading. Although I think they would allow you to smash in with a mad professor’s combination of any ingredient beginning with B (for instance), the advice is to choose from the dozen-odd combinations on their seasonal menu. Thankfully, they know what they’re doing, and you’ll find plenty of tempting twists on classic flavours to keep you going all year round. As long as you always carry a jumper.

Details

Address: 103 Gloucester Rd
London
SW7 4RH
Transport: Tube: South Kensington
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Users say (19)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:16
  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
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tastemaker

Love the concept of this ice cream parlour and love the fact that they introduce new flavours each season. I tried the red pepper ice cream back in summer and it's just something I'll never forget. It was sooo good! I went there a few days ago again to try one of their molten puddings, perfect for winter! They simple steam their bases instead of freezing them and it would result in an incredibly soft and creamy warm pudding. I had the apple pie and it tasted heavenly!

Tastemaker

This icecream parlour in Gloucester Road is unique in the sense that the flavours change every season and the icecream is made-to-order depending on the flavour and toppings you want. It's fun to watch the server toast marshmallow and make the icecream from scratch using the nitrogen. Definitely a fun place to visit and have some cheeky icecream. 


Been there a few times already and what a lovely experience it is especially with this lovely weather.

The service, taste, quality and variety of flavors coupled with the experience makes it a full 5 from me.


No doubt the best freshly made to order ice cream experience i've ever seen/ had. The way they prepare it right infront of you is some next level concept! Amazing taste/ texture, interesting and mouthwatering flavors to choose from. Will repeat and highly recommend, that's for sure!


A unique twist on the conventional ice cream filled with yummy goodness!!!


Brrrrr...illiant! Smoothness of gelato, flavours of the world, service with a smile and all made fresh in front of your eyes 😍 A must must must try!


A very cool ice cream concept with an even better taste! The experience all round was amazing as the employees were helpful and efficient. I would definitely recommend people to try it out!


The ice cream and service are amazing! I'd highly recommend it! It's some of the best icecream I've tasted! Worth a visit.


 The best ice cream concept ever! I love how the flavours change every season. The smoothest most tasteful ice creams. My favourite this season is raspberry cookie 

tastemaker

I found the concept of having ice cream made to order with liquid nitrogen quite intriguing but was let down by the taste and flavour. I ordered the strawberry and lavender while my brother had the passion fruit and marshmallow. While the latter tasted very fresh and sour (so you knew it wasn't artificially sweetened), the former lacked the flavour of lavender. It simply tasted of strawberries and to be honest, wasn't anything special. However, the staff were very lovely and knowledgeable to advise on flavours, as they had a number to choose from! 

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