Torbay man returns from Malta to open Gelateria in Torquay

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(Last Updated On: July 16, 2020)

After spending 2 years living and working in Malta, Torbay born entrepreneur Ross Hester has returned to Torbay to start a new artisan local business, Gelato Quay.

Situated on Cary Green overlooked by Agatha Christie’s monument, Gelato Quay offers a taste of Italy to the thriving Torquay harbour side.

Ross said, “I have countless happy memories growing up in Torbay, in particular school summer holidays by the seaside! I have been inspired by artisan craft of the amazing Gelaterias in Malta and I decided the beautiful harbour side of my hometown of Torquay was the perfect location to start my venture.

A taste of Italy

“All our Gelato is handmade by an award winning Italian Chef, using the freshest ingredients. As the recipe contains more milk and less cream it is actually a healthier alternative to ice cream, containing on average 3-8% fat compared to the 14-25% fat content in ice cream. The intense flavour comes not only from the premium quality of the ingredients but the dedicated method of slow churning on low speeds which incorporates less air into the mix whilst freezing – making the gelato creamy, smooth and packed with flavour.

“There is something for everybody at Gelato Quay from Ferrero Rocher to pink Cotton Candy with gluten free options also available”

As with many local businesses making up Torquay’s thriving hospitality industry, the current situation with COVID-19 came with many challenges. The opening of Gelato Quay was delayed but is now open and strictly following government guidelines, including extra cleaning procedures, contactless payment options and PPE for staff, whilst adhering to the latest social distancing guidelines with gentle reminders for customers.

Ross added, “I’m absolutely thrilled that Torbay businesses are back up and running with the area open to visitors once again. I’m sure I speak on behalf of many other local business owners that share my enthusiasm and can’t wait to crack on and turn-around the summer season! Torbay is such a special place with a bright future ahead!”

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