Welcome to our Blog. Check back soon as we'll keep this page updated with all the latest goings on at Hoorays.This month we thought we'd have a bit of a question and answer session with Sara and Sasha:
Why did you decide to set up a gelateria?
I spent many years abroad, and returned home and wanted a new challenge. Something fun, creative – a new adventure. We have been fortunate to travel fairly extensively, and one enterprise which can be seen the world over is the ice cream parlour. I noticed the UK where sadly lacking in good artisian ice cream palours, so decided there was probably a gap there which could be filled.
The premises in Stratford upon Avon was perfect, but much larger than envisaged. Sasha offered to share the adventure (and the challenges!!), and over several bottles of “red” the concept which became “Hooray’s British Gelato Kitchen” was born. – Sara
Have you made gelato before and how did you learn?
No, somewhat surprisingly, we had never made gelato or ice cream before. We were trained by a marvellous Italian chef in the art of gelato. So it is traditional gelato we make but with our own British twist.
Where did the name Hooray's come from?
For us “Hooray’s” has a double meaning – Hooray as in “Hip Hip Hurray!! it’s my birthday!!” Or “Hurray! Lets’ have ice cream” , and a little touch of Hooray (Henry) as in the Sloane Ranger handbook which is quintessentially British, slightly quirky, comical but generally all round a jolly good egg!!
What are your favourite flavours?
Sara - Must admit this does change. I used to be a pistachio nut (haha!), but once I tasted our Nocoilli (hazelnut), I was converted. Hazelnut with Raspberry sorbet and a dollop of whipped cream for me is just bliss.
Sasha – I am more of a sorbet fan! They are just so refreshing I can't help but have a little every day! My favourite combo is Raspberry sorbet with Ferrero Rocher Gelato and of course a flake!
Which flavours are most popular?
It’s a difficult one, sometimes we seem to have days where for absolutely no good reason everyone wants the same flavour, often it’s a “Mint Choc Chip day” or a “Kinder day”. We do have about 12 flavours which you’ll always find in our display freezers….the old faithfuls…. Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla…we’re sure you can guess the rest.
How many flavours does Hooray's make?
We have 38 napoli’s (that’s the rectangular tins) in our display freezers, but we make more than 50 different flavours of gelato and sorbets. Specialities flavours for Christmas, Easter and even Halloween have been great fun, stretching our imaginations & creativity. And sometimes the decision of what flavours to make just depends how we feel that day!!
The "Gelato Kitchen"
If you’ve visited us at Hooray’s you’ll know that we describe ourselves as a “British Gelato Kitchen”, which is both literal, in that we make our gelato on our premise, in our kitchen in Great Britain, and descriptive of our chosen theme and décor.
Our décor is based on a British Country Kitchen, actually it’s my mum’s kitchen, but that’s another story. The phrase “the heart of the home is the kitchen” is a widely used in Britain. Growing up in England we spent many happy hours at the kitchen table, many memorable moments & events are shared by families and their friends alike, around that trusty piece of furniture. It gives us a warm comfortable feeling. Living overseas in a different culture we really missed the British Kitchen, now we’re back we wanted Hooray’s customers to be able to experience that feeling. Whether it’s a celebration like a birthday, a cosy chat with friends over a coffee or time spent as a family, we want all ages to feel comfortable and “at home” at Hooray’s.
The funniest customer questions
Strangely enough this is one of the more common peculiar questions we get asked?
“Do you do bacon sandwiches?? Or maybe a baked potato?” - errrr No, which bit of ice cream, waffles & crepes don’t you understand??
Best customer quotes
Sometimes the most unlikely people surprise you. The gentleman who wins our award for best customer quote, was, to say the least, not the type of chap you’d expect to say the following……….
Wife to Husband ..”So how did you know about this place?”, referring to Hooray’s British Gelato Kitchen on the High Street in Stratford upon Avon.
His response is a classic… “ Well, I put “heaven” into my TomTom and this is where it bought us”….Arrr isn’t that just too cute?
Funniest Hooray's response to customer question
So the customer says “What’s the difference between a cup and a cone?” Of course we knew he was referring to our pricing, but we couldn’t resist stating “ Well you can eat the cone, but the cups made of cardboard so we wouldn’t recommend eating them!!”
A few reviews...
“great choice and service”
Really worthy of the reviews, one to search out every time we visit Stratford, Great choice and service.
5 of 5 stars - Reviewed 25 August 2014
“best ice cream in the UK with great service too"
Came here on a weekend trip to Stratford. Tried the snickers ice cream and was not disappointed at all. Love the venue and the upstairs bit is really homely. Looking forward to coming back.
5 of 5 stars - Reviewed 18 August 2014
“A must visit”
You must visit when passing - you will never be disappointed, and will never get bored for choice of flavours all served by charming and helpful staff.
Stratford Upon Avon
5 of 5 stars - Reviewed 17 August 2014