FORGET vanilla, a new ice cream parlour in Bournemouth is dishing up cones filled with flavours like Blackjack, Fruit Salad and Tutti Frutti.

Gallone’s ice cream parlour opens at the former Jessop’s store in Gervis Place on Saturday, August 6.

The Northampton-based company has been supplying restaurants and concessions since the 1940s but it wasn’t until 2013 that the business opened its first ice cream parlour next door to its original factory site.

It now has outlets in Bedford, Leamington Spa and Market Harborough and the new parlour in Bournemouth is the next stage of the expansion process.

The popular ice cream parlour is renowned for its unusual flavours but there are also many of the more familiar ones on offer as well.

And if that wasn’t enough, customers will also be tempted by crepes, waffles, sundaes and milkshakes.

Bournemouth couple Rob and Liz Marsden have taken on the running of the new parlour and will have an incredible 32 flavours on offer at any one time.

This will include a mixture of the more traditional and unusual flavours but according to Rob it is unlikely that the parlour will offer some of Gallone’s more bizarre options like anchovy, smoky bacon and even cut grass.

“It will be a proper sit down parlour where customers can come in and have a bit of an experience rather than just getting a cone and leaving,” said Rob, 48.

“It will be waffles, pancakes, milkshakes and smoothies as well as our wonderful ice cream. We will have 55 flavours available to us but 32 will be on offer at the parlour at any one time so there will be changes.”

Customers will also be able to buy tubs of ice cream to take away and will also have the chance to make their own flavours in the party room.

“It’s a really exciting aspect of the parlour,” said Liz, 51.

“People can hire out the room for parties and have a go at making their own flavour of ice cream. We think this is going to do really well.”

And despite it being a Northampton-based company the Bournemouth parlour will have it’s own local twist.

“It will have the Gallone’s retro-style but with a seaside twist which will include beach huts painted on one of the walls and the menu will also offer some Bournemouth centric options,” added Liz.

“There will be a Cherries sundae and during the air festival there will also be a Spitfire sundae on offer.”

There will be around 52 seats available inside the parlour for customers and Rob and Liz are also looking to recruit around a dozen members of staff.

The couple, who both had long serving careers, decided to go into the ice-cream business just over a year ago.

“We are excited and petrified in equal measure but we are really looking forward to opening and becoming an integral part of this Bournemouth community,” said Rob.