Tel: 01723 373662

1-3 Sandside, Scarborough YO11 1PE

Tel: 01723 373662

1-3 Sandside, Scarborough YO11 1PE

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There can’t be much that Giulian Alonzi, the owner of the Harbour Bar, doesn’t know about ice cream. Which is just as well, as he spends each day in the pristine, one-man factory at the back of the Harbour Bar making gallons of the stuff!

Giulian Alonzi preparing ice cream mix

His equipment can make 500 litres an hour, and Giulian makes three or four batches a day, which will last for a couple of days if the sun keeps shining. As the sign above his Bar says:

“WE DON’T KEEP ICE CREAM. WE SELL IT!”

Interior of Scarborough's Famous Harbour Bar

The Alonzi family have been making and selling ice cream in Scarborough since the turn of the last century when Giulian’s paternal grandparents left their mountain village home, near Monte Cassino in Italy. They first ran a small bar on Eastborough in Scarborough (occupied now by Café Fish). They had a small fleet of ice cream barrows and stalls on the beach. One stall at the Spa end of Scarborough (the posh end!) charging tuppence a portion and a second barrow near the Lifeboat House (the poorer end) charging a penny a portion.
The end of the Second World War saw the birth of the Harbour Bar, which then sold just ice cream and coffee and was run by Giulian's MUM, ANNIE, DAD, TONY, and his AUNTIE LUCY. They opened their doors on August Bank Holiday Saturday 1945, and sold out of everything in two hours and took £48!

The Harbour Bar Scarborough Vintage Ice Cream Van

The 1958 Bedford CA, a popular ice cream van around the estates of Scarborough, which was used by Giulian’s Uncle Dominic whose speciality was a PENNY BLOB, a spearmint lolly with a penny blob of ice cream on the end – THE KIDS LOVED IT!

Aunty Lucy owned the manufacturing machinery, Tony held Certificates from the Ministry of Food and was able to obtain sugar and milk powder and together with “Black Market” milk from local farmers they were able to make ice cream.

During the War Aunty Lucy drove lorries for a prominent local businessman, Cyril Quarton, and he became a friend of the family, he lent Tony, Lucy and Annie the money to buy the Harbour Bar. If it hadn’t been for Cyril Quarton the Harbour Bar would never have existed. Grateful thanks!

Vintage Scarborough beach photo Alonze ice cream stall in the background

Giulian and his two sisters, Ann and Suzanne, were born and raised in the flat above the Harbour Bar, and of course all started working in the ice cream parlour.

After training to be an accountant, Giulian returned to the family business in the early 70s, and in the early 80s, with his parents almost retired, he and his Gorgeous wife Theresa took over.

The couple continue to expand and improve the Harbour Bar, without changing the essence of the 1950s milk bar style. There are many original pieces with hand painted signs and pyramids of preserved fruit in jars, a tribute to earlier years where fresh fruit was hard to come by and had to be bottled by hand.