Boozy independent ice cream slingers A Few Scoops have revealed exciting new plans to settle down in a permanent parlour in Sale next month, bringing their trademark treats to the Trafford town.
Epic cocktail-inspired sundaes, sorbets and milkshakes will be the order of the day when the artisans open inside Sale Foodhall next week on 3 February.
Flavours like espresso martini, pina colada, old fashioned and mojito, all lovingly made by the team, will be served in cones from the Antonelli Brothers in Eccles, or coupled with brownies, sugar waffles and cookies as part of more elaborate ice cream sundaes.
The new sundae menu has been put together especially for Sale, and the team are currently developing some new flavours too -including cocktail-inspired white Russian and cherry bourbon ice creams – ready to debut when they open the parlour next week.
These boozy ice creams will also be used to make indulgent shakes, or as 600ml tubs for ice cream lovers to enjoy at home.
It’s not all booze and cream, though. Non-drinkers and vegans will have something to enjoy too, with a range of straight-up alcohol-free ice creams, sorbets and shakes also on offer.
They will join the likes of Basilico Pizza and What’s Your Beef as residents at Sale Foodhall on Stanley Square in the town centre.
Having already built a large and loyal following touring Greater Manchester (and beyond) with their cocktail-inspired puds, all served out of their beloved baby pink tuk tuk (Jolene) and vintage bike (Dolly), the move to Sale marks an exciting new chapter.
Open Sunday – Thursday 12pm – 9pm, and Friday and Saturday 12pm – 10pm, .to celebrate their arrival on 3 February A Few Scoops will be giving away a free scoop of ice cream in a cone between 5 and 7pm.
They also plan to serve up ice cream for breakfast from 9am on Saturday 5 February to mark Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, which doesn’t sound like a real thing – but we’re absolutely here for it.
Speaking on the new opening, Alanna, founder of A Few Scoops, said: “We’re delighted to be joining the Foodhall family and to bring our scoops over to Sale.
“Both Foodhalls and the General Stores have been so supportive of A Few Scoops since we launched in May last year and we can’t wait to call Sale Foodhall our home.”
Maisie Chow, a spokesperson for the Foodhalls, added: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome A Few Scoops to our Foodhall community.
“We have been looking for the right person to complete our wonderful independent street food family over here in Sale and the innovative, local and independent spirit of what Alanna and her team do fit perfectly with us. Get ready for some seriously good ice cream Sale.’”
Feature image – A Few Scoops
Rio Ferdinand is helping change young lives with community programmes in Oldham and Salford
Ex-Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand and his foundation’s wonderful work is helping better the lives of young people in Oldham, Salford and across Manchester as a whole.
Over the past year, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and The Guinness Partnership have been putting together a vital social initiative aimed at providing opportunities and resources to young people across Greater Manchester, helping them develop their skills and aspirations for future working life.
Now, after a hugely successful 12-month campaign, their skills and progression community programme, participants are well and truly starting to feel the impact, with 90% of those taking part now stating that they are enjoying a clear idea and focus on what they want to do for a career.
It may have be thriving in Salford and Oldham at the moment, but given the benefit the scheme has already had — not to mention the ambition the Rio Ferdinand Foundation has shown around various areas of the UK since being set up in 2012 — we can only see this spreading further across the region.
The skills-based initiative engages young people aged under 25 years old and living in Guinness homes in a six-month skills-based programme which has been up and running in the two Manc boroughs, as well as the London boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth, since March 2022.
Young people from both Oldham and Salford take part in a weekly schedule of activities designed to tackle youth unemployment, including digital media training (photography, product design, filmmaking, podcasting), building and construction, CV workshops, mock interviews and more.
Not only do these shadowing opportunities garner confidence and raise aspirations among other young people in the local community, but they also help directly develop their employability skills via mentoring.
For instance, Matthew, 19 from Royton in Oldham, completed the programme and then was supported to apply to the Guinness Aspire Awards to request funding to purchase camera and lighting equipment to help him start a small local photography business. Quality stuff.
Matt says that the scheme “has been an amazing opportunity and has given [him] a chance to get back on the right path… I know what I want to do now and can’t wait to start… I would recommend that other people in my position get involved with it in the future.”
As well as markedly increasing participants health and well-being, all 100% of those involved across Salford and Oldham reported feeling more confident, with many now enjoying opportunities with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation’s partners such as Warner Music, Kiss FM, The Jockey Club and the Gym Group.
Speaking on the programme’s success, Rio himself said in a statement: “The Foundation is committed to working with young people at the heart of their communities to offer support, training, and opportunities to those that need it… engaging with the Guinness Partnership has provided a great boost to our reach and our work”.
Well in, Rio. Thankfully, he isn’t the only ex-Manchester-based footballer still trying to make a difference in the local community either:
Campbell, 38, was found dead in his home in Mossley, Tameside, on Saturday 3 July. He had been fatally assaulted and died of the injuries he sustained in the attack.
Belfield was arrested on 23 March 2023 by Suriname authorities on suspicion of drug-related offences – he’ll likely remain in the South American nation’s jurisdiction to face these charges.
Then GMP want to bring him back to Manchester to face questioning from GMP’s Major Incident Team.
Detective Chief Inspector Liz Hopkinson from GMP’s Major Incident team said: “The news of Belfield’s arrest is an important development in our investigation, we will be working with international law enforcement agencies to bring Belfield back to Manchester and continue in our pursuit to find answers for Thomas’ family.
“Through vigilance shown by our colleagues in South America, Belfield was recognised by Suriname’s law enforcement upon his arrest and information regarding his whereabouts was shared with our Force Critical Wanted Unit.
“We have previously released numerous appeals to ask for help in finding him and we thank the public for their continued support in this case.
“This is an excellent result which shows once again, that UK law enforcement does not give up on finding those abroad who are wanted for offences in the UK.”