Dayvilles
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SofisiCat

Cambridge, UK

#1 Oct 2, 2006
Hiya
I am from UK and in the early 80s i remember a whole lot of Dayvilles 32 flavours ice cream shops popping up all over London which then disappeared as quickly as they popped up. Does anyone else remember them and does anyone know what happened to them? I guess they grew too big and then found that they couldnt sell ice cream in the winter!
SofisiCat
Dave

London, UK

#2 Oct 22, 2006
Hi there. I remember them too. From the age of 7 i used to eat at this place in London called the Chicago Rib Shack with my folks and brother. Great place for bbq ribs in Central London. Anyhoo, that was a birthday treat kind of place, and everytime we went, we would wind our way back through north London and stop at Dayvilles in Muswell Hill. I always used to only ever eat Key Lime Sorbet and i have never ever found this ice cream anywhere else since (i'm now 30). Unforunately the Dayville's closed down in probably the early 90's or something, i can't remember when exactly.

Anyone actually know what happened to them?
SofisiCat

Cambridge, UK

#3 Oct 23, 2006
It seemed that Dayvilles disappeared within a couple of years of popping up. I guess they grew too big too quickly, not helped by loss of business over winter - when we English really dont want to eat ice cream while walking round in the cold and damp - well I dont! I looked on the internet for information on what actually happened to them but had no luck.
The Hagan Daaz coffee shop in Leicester Square in an improvement in that you can, sit inside and have a hot drink or a hot sauce on your ice cream! I always have a scoop of Macadamia nut brittle with hot belgian milk chocolate. Mmmmmm yumm!
As far as I know Chicago Ribshack is still there, in Knightsbridge, though I have to admit its been a while since I've last been there. I am surprised that you managed to fit in an ice cream afterwards though - it was always so filling!
Jane

UK

#4 Nov 18, 2006
Hi,
I used to go to Dayville's in the King's Road Chelsea, London, next to where the McDonald's is now. I used to have pistachio or daiquiri ice flavours and my brother would always have the chocolate chip. I can remember the exact taste to this day.
Wish they still existed!!! x
SofisiCat wrote:
Hiya
I am from UK and in the early 80s i remember a whole lot of Dayvilles 32 flavours ice cream shops popping up all over London which then disappeared as quickly as they popped up. Does anyone else remember them and does anyone know what happened to them? I guess they grew too big and then found that they couldnt sell ice cream in the winter!
SofisiCat
PHILIP

UK

#5 Nov 22, 2006
HELLO. I REMEMBER IN THE LATE 1970'S GOING TO A DAYVILLES ICE CREAM PARLOUR IN THE STRAND. THERE WAS ONE FLAVOUR THAT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER. IT WAS CALLED PEPPERMINT FUDGE RIPPLE. IT WAS DELICIOUS! IT LOOKED LIKE STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM BECAUSE IT WAS RED. BUT IT HAD THE MOST WONDERFUL FUDGE MINT TASTE. THE DAYVILLES PARLOURS HAVE ALL DISSAPEARED NOW. I REMEMBER GOING TO ONE IN THE MID 80'S IN EASTBOURNE, BUT SADLY THEY DID NOT HAVE PEPPERMINT FUDGE RIPPLE! DO THEY STILL HAVE DAYVILLES IN THE STATES?
Ted

Limerick, Ireland

#6 Dec 11, 2006
Seemingly the Chicago Rib Shack closed down 4 years ago or so...worked there for the summer of 1986..
viv

Carmarthen, UK

#7 Jan 5, 2007
ive been looking for any place that sells dayvilles ice cream. flavours that come to mind include dutch chocolate, bubblegum, toffenut crunch and coconut
toni

UK

#8 Apr 2, 2007
Ted wrote:
Seemingly the Chicago Rib Shack closed down 4 years ago or so...worked there for the summer of 1986..
any1 no why the chicago rib shack closed down?
chloe

Nicosia, Cyprus

#9 Jul 16, 2007
I was surprised to come across TWO Dayvilles small kiosks last week and you would never guess where! In a small town called Agia Napa,known for its notorious nightlife and hangovers,in Cyprus!
Redrum

Rochdale, UK

#10 Jul 25, 2007
Just talking to my kids about dayviles icecream parlour in Birmingham England. It was situated just off New street in Birmingham city centre. It must have been late seventies to early eighties when i used to go. I would love to open a similar icecream parlour in brum now.
pag

Hitra, Norway

#11 Aug 14, 2007
The Chicago Rib Shack burned down!
troy from torbay

Wolverhampton, UK

#12 Aug 16, 2007
I used to have "Dayvilles" ice cream posters all over my bedroom walls in the mid 1980s. I remember the dracula one which advertised black forest gateau. There was Herbie goes bannanas, and loads more I can't remember. I wish I'd kept them all, they might be worth a small fortune.
alphapanda

Sorrento, FL

#13 Sep 25, 2007
pag wrote:
The Chicago Rib Shack burned down!
I don't know what eventually happened to the building, but I believe the restaurant closed in 1999 when the owner, a guy from Chicago named Bob Payton, died.
Kevin Kerr

Portsmouth, UK

#14 Oct 3, 2007
That's so funny i worked there too in the summer of 1986...American student from NYU remember they played old Chicago Bears football games at the bar...lol
Ted wrote:
Seemingly the Chicago Rib Shack closed down 4 years ago or so...worked there for the summer of 1986..
stuart down old harlow

London, UK

#15 Nov 19, 2007
i dont think it burnt down,just closed down.back in the mid 80,s i was there every other weekend,just could not get enough of the great food.not sure who but i think someone is trying to get it reopened. diana and her boys used it quite alot then as well. the building now is part of the post office i think
Tigerfeet

UK

#16 Mar 12, 2008
The Chicago Ribshack closed down in 1999. A japanese restaurant called Zuma now trades on the site.
Dave

Romford, UK

#17 Mar 16, 2008
Just found this site again - the Rib Shack in Knightsbridge did NOT burn down - the lease was not renewed - this was early 2000.

And now the good news - it is about to be reborn!! After an almost 8 year hiatus, it's BACK!

www.chicagoribshack.co.uk

The new restaurant is going to be doing the same food from back in the day, and it's located a few mins walk from round the corner of the old place.

I'm desperately trying to book a table for pre-opening - looks like we will finally have some good ribs back in town again!!
John - Salisbury

Salisbury, UK

#18 Apr 8, 2008
I was the Dayvilles Franchisee in Salisbury - the shop ran 1978 to 1983. Originally selling only to their Ice cream Parlours the Dayvilles company began to supply up market supermarkets - but the ice cream was softer than the 'scoop from the bucket' as sold individually. I saw a few parlours during the 80's but they gradually disappeared. The last one i saw was next to Charing Cross station. For interest - Linda MacCartney raved about the ice cream when we sold her one - and Ralf Fiennes worked for me for 39 weeks!
Jax

Andover, UK

#19 May 7, 2008
WOW I virtually lived in your shop when I was a kid, and then when I worked in the hairdressers along the road from there, around 1982!! I miss Dayvilles, my fave was always the orange sorbet..........MMMMMMMM!
John - Salisbury wrote:
I was the Dayvilles Franchisee in Salisbury - the shop ran 1978 to 1983. Originally selling only to their Ice cream Parlours the Dayvilles company began to supply up market supermarkets - but the ice cream was softer than the 'scoop from the bucket' as sold individually. I saw a few parlours during the 80's but they gradually disappeared. The last one i saw was next to Charing Cross station. For interest - Linda MacCartney raved about the ice cream when we sold her one - and Ralf Fiennes worked for me for 39 weeks!
Steve

Winchester, UK

#20 May 30, 2008
I remember buying ice-cream in your shop in Salisbury. Near the bus station. Fantastic Dutch Chocolate, Choc mint chip and my fav. Rocky Road.
Bring it back. Hagen Daaz is nothing in comparison.
John - Salisbury wrote:
I was the Dayvilles Franchisee in Salisbury - the shop ran 1978 to 1983. Originally selling only to their Ice cream Parlours the Dayvilles company began to supply up market supermarkets - but the ice cream was softer than the 'scoop from the bucket' as sold individually. I saw a few parlours during the 80's but they gradually disappeared. The last one i saw was next to Charing Cross station. For interest - Linda MacCartney raved about the ice cream when we sold her one - and Ralf Fiennes worked for me for 39 weeks!

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