How We Got Started
Matlock Meadows is based on the real working family Dairy Farm ‘Masson Farm’ which has been in the Dakin family since the 1930’s. The quality ‘farm assured’ milk from our own dairy herd is used to make our artisan Italian style gelato.
The inspiration to make our own Italian style ice cream came following a trip to Italy and tasting some of the most amazing gelato that Italy has to offer. Several years later we created our own ‘taste of Italy’ at Matlock Meadows ice cream.
Our award-winning Italian style gelato is available to eat in or take away in 500ml tubs and is also available wholesale. It is hand-made here on the family farm using the quality farm assured creamy milk from our own dairy herd which graze the limestone pastures overlooking the historic spa town of Matlock.
We serve full English breakfasts, loose leaf teas and freshly ground coffees, light lunches, daily specials, afternoon teas and home baked cakes and of course our home made delicious Italian style ice cream.
We stock a selection of locally sourced produce – meats, cheeses, milk, flour, honey, jams, chutneys, chocolates and cakes. We also have a range of children’s toys, books and giftware.
Location and facilities
We are situated in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales overlooking the historic spa town of Matlock. Find us just off the A6 above Sainsbury’s Matlock. We have no admission fee however we do rely on the income generated from the café hence no picnics allowed.
Our other facilities include an outdoor play area, farm animals to view, small indoor play area which is free of charge, pedal tractors, quad bike track (£1 charge applies), free parking, Free Wi-fi, disabled access, baby changing facilities. We welcome dogs on leads in the outside and haybarn areas but not in the café area.
As we are a working dairy farm with access to some animals, farm safety is very important to us, so children and vulnerable adults should always be supervised by a responsible adult, also handwashing facilities are provided and should be used after touching the animals or animal enclosures and before eating.