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Jannettas Gelateria really does taste best

Press Release   •   Feb 03, 2017 10:17 GMT

A world famous café and ice cream parlour in St Andrews has received VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best award in recognition of its use of quality Scottish produce.

Jannettas Gelateria Café achieved the award from the national tourism organisation for the quality and provenance of their food and drink.

The café, which underwent a large scale renovation in 2015 to create a modern, open, high-end Italian style Gelateria, was commended for its menu which boasts some of the best produce available in the region.

A fixture in the Fife town for over 100 years, the family business was opened by Bennett Jannetta in 1908 and is now run by Bennett’s Great Granddaughter, Nicola and her husband Owen.

While the café celebrates and embraces its Italian roots, its strives to ensure that products are locally sourced and Fife-grown where possible, including ingredients for its world renowned and award winning ice cream.

In 2014 Jannettas were officially named the best ice-cream shop in Scotland when they picked up the Sunday Mail’s Golden Cone Award.

Taste Our Best, a joint initiative between VisitScotland and the Scottish Government is designed to recognise businesses including hotels, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, visitor attractions and B&Bs that not only offer a quality food and drink experience, but include and promote Scottish produce on their menus, giving consumers more choice.

The scheme provides businesses with an assessment of their food provision and their menu by qualified assessors, with those meeting the necessary criteria gaining the award.

Owen and Nicola Hazel, owners of Jannettas Gelateria, said:

"When we undertook our refurbishment not only was it a chance to change the look and feel of the business but also to create a new and exciting menu, which closely considered the seasonality and provenance of the food we sourced, used and produced. We believe not only that it will enhance our customer’s experience, but it will also give us a fantastic platform to source and select from great Scottish food and drink producers within Fife and beyond.

“As a small family business, we know how important it is to support each other and give our customers the very best quality and experience. We were delighted therefore when VisitScotland recognised this and awarded us with the Taste Our Best accreditation. It has taken a great deal of hard work and time but we are chuffed to bits to have received this recognition.”

Manuela Calchini, VisitScotland Regional Director, said:

“Congratulations to Owen, Nicola and their team on achieving their Taste Our Best accreditation. Jannettas has become an institution in St Andrews over the years with a trip to the famous ice cream parlor and café on South Street a real highlight for any visitor to the town.

“A true family business, they have shown a great commitment to the quality of their menu and the use of local ingredients within it - their Taste Our Best award is very well deserved.

“From restaurants to Scotland’s built heritage, chippies to ferries, Taste Our Best is open to any business with a food and drink offering. With research finding that three out of four visitors think eating local cuisine will enhance their visit, Taste Our Best really is a recipe for success.”

Research has shown that visitors are willing to pay up to 15% more for food that is of Scottish or regional origin and businesses that provide local food can typically enjoy higher level sales of up to 20% per year.

It is estimated that tourism’s contribution to Scotland’s food and drink industry is worth £2.5 million per day to country’s economy with sampling traditional dishes and local produce among the top activities undertaken by visitors to Scotland.

To find out more about the Taste Our Best scheme, visit

For more information about Jannetta Gelateria, visit

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