Scarborough ice cream maker Giulian Alonzi is celebrating after his award winning ice creams scooped  a Royal Seal of Approval.

Giulian was awarded Royal Approval by the Prince of Wales for producing outstanding ice creams at a ceremony at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Giulian, whose family have run the Harbour Bar Cafe on Scarborough's South Bay seafront for nearly 70 years, wowed judges at the show with a range of ice cream flavours.

In addition to being presented with the coveted Prince of Wales Award his ice cream also won the Wensleydale Dairy Products Trophy for the best Yorkshire product plus the Best Ice Cream in show trophy presented by the Ice Cream Alliance - the UK trade association for the ice cream industry.

It was Giulian's hazelnut ice cream which stole the show - a flavour he and his team had developed especially for the Great Yorkshire Show.

His success didn't end there with additional first prizes awarded to Giulian for his rhubarb, chocolate and strawberry flavoured ice creams and he also landed the consumer choice award where 50 members of the public voted for  the Harbour Bar ices.

Giulian said: "To win the Prince of Wales's approval is a fantastic achievement for our business and also a feather in the cap for Scarborough as a whole.

"It means that we can display the Prince of Wales approval in our premises and on all our packaging to let people know this ice cream is of outstanding quality.

"To win this was a tremendous honour but to also win the best diary product in the show where we were competing against, cheesemakers, yoghurt and milk producers was just incredible and then to cap it all we also won the ICA award for best ice cream in show. My head is still spinning!"

Zelica Carr, Chief Executive of The Ice Cream Alliance which represents the UK's £1bn ice cream industry said: "Giulian can be rightly proud to have the Royal Approval of the Prince of Wales. His ice creams are outstanding and a wonderful example of ice cream excellence."
The Harbour Bar Cafe was started in 1945 by Giulian's family and the business has grown to employing 35 people and serves more than 80,000 litres of ice cream a year.

Giulian added: "I am fortunate to have a wonderful team of people behind me and I am grateful to them for their expert assistance in helping to develop our wonderful range of ice creams and in particular the hazelnut flavour which was responsible for winning these prestigious awards."

A spokesperson for The Great Yorkshire Show said:" It is only those products that have exceptional quality which receive the Prince of Wales Approval. The award is only presented to the very best products and the winners are allowed to display the special logo designating the product as having the Prince of Wales approval for outstanding quality."

Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society said: “Over the last decade the cheese and dairy section has grown both in prestige and in the quality of entries. We’re particularly proud to have Royal approval, in that we offer The Prince of Wales Award for Outstanding Quality to dairy products which are the pinnacles of perfection, and shining examples of excellence.”