We All Squeam For Canal-Flavoured Ice Cream

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 118 months ago
We All Squeam For Canal-Flavoured Ice Cream
Ice Cream man

As anybody who's tripped and fallen after a pissed perambulation along its bank can tell you, the Regent's Canal doesn't have the most palatable taste. This hasn't dissuaded one mercurial bud-tickler, however, who has created an ice cream with a taste based on things found alongside the canal's murky waters.

Eschewing the flotsam of rubber boots, trolleys and countless knows how many chthonic creepies, Arthur Potts Dawson, a restaurateur from the Kings Cross area, foraged for elderflower and dandelions, and sweetened his concoction with honey sourced from a conveniently located canalside beekeeper. The resultant delicacy has proved a popular choice at his Acorn House in King's Cross, a restaurant that bills itself as London's first eco-friendly diner. If you want to try it, best act quick - it is only available for the next few days, until supplies run out.

Coming soon, possibly: the Queen's Park Quiche, in which former footballer and quietly-spoken chef Gordon Ramsey will compile the detritus of a match at QPR's Loftus Road stadium - including clods of mud, missing teeth and half-masticated steak and onion pies lobbed from the terraces - into a delightful and nutritious meal. You heard it here first! (and last).

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Last Updated 18 July 2008

M@

I walk along the Regent's Canal every day between Camden and King's Cross. Like all canals, it doesn't smell too good sometimes, but there's a remarkable variety of plants and flowers along the route. What an imaginative idea to make ice cream from them.

tikichris

chthonic creepies? nice.

eas_e

That was my fave alliteration of the day. nice one DeanN.

I run along the canal most mornings and I love it. There is so much life going on there.

Needs must try Acorn House.

DeanN

I went to Acorn House last year. It was okay. Oddly, though, Dawson has a sister restaurant called Water House which is actually located beside the Canal, in Haggerston. Surprising they don't sell the ice cream there too.