Baboo Gelato was set up in 2015 by Annie Hanbury, a trained gelatiere, who wanted to combine her passion for making seriously good ice cream with the glut of fabulous ripe fruit on her doorstep. After years of living abroad, Annie and her family moved to the beautiful rolling hills behind the Dorset seaside town of Bridport and became the proud owners of a smallholding with an overflowing and abandoned market garden.
Annie decided she wanted to put the heart and soul back into ice cream making. She missed her children’s excitement and wonder as they chose from a gorgeous array of colourful and scrumptious flavours. Baboo Gelato wants to recapture this magic.
Annie was born in Vienna to a Russian father and Irish mother, and has lived abroad for most of her life. Her earliest memories are of great family gatherings, always around a groaning dining table, discussing and bickering about the smallest detail of every dish. She has loved cooking and understanding flavours ever since.
In 2013 and 2014 she studied gelato making at the Gelato University in Bologna, Italy. Here she learned from the world’s master gelatieres the science of ice cream making. She now combines this very precise skill with her flair for flavour to make what we hope you’ll find to be delicious ice cream.
Annie has four children, a raspberry-growing husband, and an abiding passion for food.
We have been incredibly surprised and happy to have won some awards in our first year including Champion Ice Cream & Sorbet 2016 by Taste of the West for our lemon sorbet; and Best Dairy Producer by Taste of Dorset. Our raspberry sorbet and pistachio gelato both won gold stars from The Guild of Fine Food 2016.
In 2017 our Maple & Walnut gelato was one of three finalists in the Taste of the West Awards.
In 2018 our Plum Sorbet was one of three finalists in the 2018 Taste of the West Awards, and we won an amazing eight awards including four golds. We also won 8 stars from Great Taste including three 2 star awards for our Pear Sorbet, Plum Sorbet and Peanut Choc Gelato. Annie was shortlisted for the 2018 Great British Entrepreneur of the Year.