Our Story

Salcombe Dairy

The business is owned and run by two families, the Boscawens and the Blys.

Nick & Ginny Boscawen have rural roots in Cornwall, Devon and Kent. They became involved with the business following a fortunate meeting in Kent in 1989, after which they took on the distributorship in the south east. This perfectly complimented their own frozen food business The Invisible Chef, creating delicious home-made food for discerning customers in Kent and London, enabling Ginny to put away her small ice cream maker!

Peter and Tricia Howard, the founders, were wanting to move on to pastures new and agreed to sell to them in ’97, allowing Nick and Ginny, with their two daughters Louisa and Georgia, the opportunity to build on this local, brilliant, renowned ice cream producer. They made use of their culinary expertise to continue creating new and exciting flavours in Salcombe… as well as having some fun on the water when the cleaning up in the factory was finished.

Nick and Ginny were determined to keep the wellbeing of the countryside, at the very heart of Salcombe Dairy. Working to preserve the natural beauty of the surrounding areas, and keeping farming and forestry sustainable with lots of biodiversity and wild flowers.

“It’s the same recipe we use today”

After an all-encompassing revamp of Salcombe Dairy, Nick and Ginny were looking for someone to help them to take the factory to the next level and coincidentally, Dan and his family were looking for a new opportunity in the West Country at the same time. Dan has been in the Dairy industry for many years, firstly with fresh milk and then more recently with an ice cream company in South Wales.

After handshaking (no Covid then!) and shuffling paper, Dan became the shareholding Managing Director of Salcombe Dairy. His incredible skill set and expertise in the dairy industry helped bring Salcombe Dairy up to where it deserved to be and where we are today.

Lucy and their four children; Rafaela, Alexander, Xavier and Sebastian soon found themselves spending more and more time running ice cream stands at country shows, chocolate stalls at Christmas markets and racing around between locations.

Lucy, having done up their farmstead for holiday guests and with her retail and design flair, joined the Salcombe Dairy board helping to create our Chocolate, The Bar, to smarten up our shops and create new chocolate flavours and gifting lines.