Our Story

Our Story of Jannettas
c1918 Bennet (centre) with sons Charlie and Bennett Jnr.

As you can imagine, we have many stories to tell, and memories to savour…

In 1908, my Great Grandfather Bennett Jannetta started the family business at 31 South Street, St Andrews as a soda parlour and tobacconist. My grandfather Charlie, at the same time as maintaining the ice-cream side of the business, expanded into fish and chips by opening a restaurant next door. And then in the late 1960s and 70s, my parents expanded the range of ice-cream flavours dramatically and refurbished the shop into a modern Italian Gelateria.

My husband Owen and I have been running the business for over 25 years. Our aim is to carry on the family tradition of making only the best quality Gelato, create new and delicious flavours and indulge our customers!

nicola-and-owenEach day, we put our heart and soul into our business and the feedback suggests that it’s working. In 2014, Jannettas won the Golden Cone Award, making us officially the best ice-cream shop in Scotland, followed by The Courier Retail Business of the Year.  We were also delighted to be a finalist in the Family Business of the Year category and there have been many more since.

Experts say that it’s exceptional for a business to last four generations.  Indeed, many ingredients are needed to keep us ahead of our game, but the essential one is passion.

So pop in, and create your own Jannettas memory!

Nicola Hazel