Rossi Bros closing after 70 years in Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 14:34 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:44 04 October 2017

David Rossi of Rossi Bros ice cream is closing down the shop to reopen across the street in Quidsavers. Pictured with Quidsavers owner Mukesh Patel

David Rossi of Rossi Bros ice cream is closing down the shop to reopen across the street in Quidsavers. Pictured with Quidsavers owner Mukesh Patel


A Barkingside ice cream shop is closing down after almost 70 years.

Rossi Bros, High Road, Barkingside, has served sweet treats to residents since 1948.

There is a silver lining however, as owner David Rossi is passing on the ice cream baton to another shop.

He has given neighbour Quidsaver his secret recipes and preparation methods so it can continue the legacy.

“I am selling to Quidsaver because I will be 68 soon and there is no natural succession,” David told the Recorder.

“My family is very grateful to all the residents, current and previous, of Barkingside for their loyalty and custom.”

The Rossi family have a rich history of making ice cream and David’s great-grandfather, Pietro, bringing the art from Italy to Glasgow in 1897.

His father also worked in the trade at parlours in Scotland, Brighton and London before saving enough to open a Barkingside store with his cousin Elpedio.

During this time David’s second cousins opened stores in Ilford and Walthamstow.

When Elpedio retired in 1971, he offered the Barkingside store back to his family and David took him up on his offer.

The shop is a national treasure of the borough, but David believes the future of his ice cream is in safe hands.

“The main man at Quidsaver is Mukesh Patel and his cousin Gerish Patel has been in the ice cream business 40-plus years,” he added.

“At the end of October, we will close this shop and begin the process of moving (equipment) across the road to Quidsaver.

“In the spring of 2018, a brand new ice cream parlour selling Rossi Bros’ Ice Cream will open in Quidsaver.”

The ice cream will be 
made on the premises using Rossi Bros equipment and recipes to the “same standard as usual”.

Not all the furniture will be moved and David said he is selling a double door stainless steel Gram freezer if anyone should need one.

Read all about the Rossi family’s interesting history in the ice cream business in this week’s heritage section on page 27.

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