Since 1947 Bonds have been making delicious homemade dairy ice cream.  Renowned for using a traditional recipe handed down through the family, comprising of only the best fresh ingredients for naturally delicious flavour – it is easy to understand why generation after generation have returned to Bonds for their ice cream treats for 70 years!

An iconic brand, originating from and still producing and selling ice cream in Elswick, we are pleased to announce that you can now also find Bonds Ice Cream Parlour and Coffee Shop in Preston at The Guild Hall.  Opening in December 2017 we look forward to seeing you there soon!  Keep an eye on our Social Media channels for all the latest news and information.

  • In the early 1940s Mr & Mrs Gornall (nee Molloy) opened a village store in Elswick, Lancashire.
  • Mrs Gornall saw the need for a tea shop in the village and having obtained a cabin next to the village store in 1944 began to sell drinks and homemade cakes.
  • Following customer demand she introduced hot meals and extended the cabin to accommodate the growing trade.
  • During this period Mr Tom Lucas was the licensee of the local pub ‘The Boot & Shoe’, he made ice cream on premises and sold it through a small kiosk.
  • In 1946 Mr Lucas decided to leave the pub and the new licensee did not want to continue with the ice cream making.
  • Mrs Gornall saw an opportunity and proceeded to purchase the recipe and ice cream making equipment and start making ice cream on Bond Lane.
  • The ice cream was named after the location where it was made and it has been made there ever since with people coming from far and wide to buy it to this day.
  • Retailers across the North caught on to the popularity of the ice cream and began to buy from Bonds to sell the iconic ice cream at their own stores from local shops to the high end supermarket chain of Booths.
  • Following on from the untimely death of Mrs Gornall, a new restaurant was built on-site and replaced the previous village store.
  • Business continued to grow across the kiosk, café and restaurant under Mr Gornall, through to 1993 when at the age of 84 he passed the mantle was passed on to Martin Molly.
  • Martin Molloy, nephew of Mrs Gornall, had worked at Bonds for over 30 years – since the age of 14! Was proud to be able to continue the Bonds name.
  • Martin continued to successfully run the business up to 2017, an ambassador for the local community, known as ‘nice Mr Molloy’; He worked in every part of the business from making ice cream by hand to sourcing the best produce and serving his iconic ice cream at the House of Lords! Martin still lives in Elswick and with over 55 years service and commitment to the company he remains a significant part of the Bonds story.
  • As a company founded by farmers, the Rigby family, now one of the biggest farming families on the Fylde coast, are very proud to carry on the tradition of this iconic brand.


We have many more flavours to pick from when you visit us but here is just a small selection of our ice creams!

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The Classics

Bonds Dairy Vanilla

The best seller!

Black Cherry

With pieces of Amerena Cherry

Caramel Chew

Rich caramel taste with pieces of caramel toffee


Made with fresh bananas

Cookies and Cream

Yummy Oreo biscuit pieces in creamy ice cream

Kendal Mint Cake

Fresh mint ice cream with Romneys Mint Cake pieces

Double Chocolate

Chocolate ice cream with chunks of Belgian chocolate

Mint Crisp

Cool mint ice cream with crispy choc chips

Rum 'n' Raisin

Deliciously tipsy raisins in ice cream


Luxury strawberry ice cream
Seasonal Ice Cream Flavours

These Ice Creams are made seasonally and we’re always wanting to try something different for the occasions! Let us know your ideas when you next visit us!

Bonfire Toffee

Made with real treacle toffee

Sleigh Ride

With all the taste of Christmas pudding!

Summer Fruits

Full of fruits and berries of the forest

We have Ice Cream Parlours and Coffee Shops in Elswick and Preston.

As well as a wide selection of our delicious ice cream flavours and sundaes, here you can find freshly prepared sandwiches, cakes, along with a whole host of hot and cold snacks.  We also offer a range of hot and cold drinks including freshly brewed coffee and milkshakes.

With a warm and welcoming atmosphere our Ice Cream Parlour and Coffee Shops are the perfect place to meet with friends. Why not pre-book to enjoy an Ice Cream Party for an upcoming Birthday or special occassion?

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Sample Sandwiches

Egg Mayo & Watercress

Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese & Chive

Lancashire Mature Cheddar & Branston Pickle

Sample Paninis

Buffalo Mozzarella & Tomato

Goats Cheese, Red Pepper & Onion

Turkey Stuffing & Cranberry

We have much more to offer!


For the health conscious, prepared daily


Fresh selection of pastries, available everyday


Great selection to choose from!
Sample Bonds Specials


Strawberry, Chocolate or Banana Syrup

Kinckerbocker Glory

A delicious combination of ice cream, fruit, fresh cream & sauce

Cherry Delight

Cherries in Amereno Liquor - served with vanilla ice cream & fresh cream

Bonds have been cooking traditional British dishes for decades and today we continue that tradition with the re-launch of the Elswick Restaurant

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Opening times:
Ice Cream Parlour: 10am til 6pm
Restaurant: 12pm til 7pm

Bonds Ln, Elswick,
Preston PR4 3ZE

01995 670295

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Opening times:
Monday – Saturday: 8am til 5pm
Sunday: 11am til 5pm

Preston Guild Hall,
Lancaster Road, PR1 1HT

01772 804080

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We can cater for all types of events/occasions including:

Birthday Parties, Christenings, Anniversaries, Weddings, Leaving Parties, Funerals, Celebrations, Corporate Entertaining, Outside Catering & many more…

Please contact us below for more information on packages available!

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