AN ICE cream parlour which was damaged in freak storms in July 2019 has invested £130,000 in the business.

North Yorkshire based ice cream manufacturer Brymor Ice Cream has refurbished its factory in Jervaulx, between Middleham and Masham.

Following on from the storm damage sustained July 2019, when the buildings were pelted with massive balls of hail which smashed through the plastic roof, the company decided to use the opportunity to invest in its manufacturing plant with a new roof, flooring and machinery.

The company, which employs over 80 people in the height of the season, is engaging in a series of investments in the site.

January also sees the refurbishment of the café and parlour with continuing works on the outside areas, and more additions to the team with four new appointments.

Paul Hodgson, managing director at Brymor Ice Cream said: "We have a vision to create a destination for locals and tourists to come and enjoy the whole year round.

"We have many exciting things and events planned for 2020. This follows on from our rebrand in 2019 and the extension of the facilities over the last two years to include an indoor and outdoor play areas and a dog exercise facility.

"We are working with a raft of tourism ventures around the Yorkshire Dales National Park to ensure the Yorkshire Dales continues to be one of the UK’s most visited places."

Mr Hodsgon said of the storms that hit the area last summer: "The car park was under six inches of water as it turned into a river of ice.

“Hailstones, the like of which I have never seen before, started coming down at about 3.30pm, and within half an hour it was a deluge.

“We had a huge rain dump and then these massive hailstones.

“The skylights in the roof were shot out, the plastic conservatory roof was damaged. It looks like a machine gun had blasted through the skylights and it left holes in other parts of the roof."

Brymor’s story began in 1984 when milk quotas were introduced, forcing Brian Moore to diversify the spare milk from his small Guernsey herd into making ice cream.

After some trial and error, and lots and lots of tastings sessions, Brian perfected the recipe which Brymor hasn’t changed since.

Today Brymor goes from strength to strength, remaining the only producer in Yorkshire making ice cream with milk from its own herd of pedigree Guernsey cows

Brymor is now stocked in more than 300 independent retailers, farm shops and selected supermarkets including Waitrose and Booths.

All of Brymor’s ice cream is made by hand at the farm with the calves and young stock from the herd on public view, who will one day produce the milk Brymor use for the ice cream.

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