Ice cream parlour gives tourists the inside scoop

local information point

Published Monday 15 June 2015

Visitors to Brockenhurst can now get tourist information while enjoying a delicious ice cream at Melt ice cream parlour.

Melt has joined the network of Local Information Points throughout the Forest, which are supported by the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest District Council. The network provides visitors and residents with easy access to information about the National Park and each point is stocked with maps, leaflets and publications about what to see and where to go.

Owners Mandeep and Jagbir Sidhu founded Melt by transforming Brockenhurst’s former public conveniences, which had been derelict for more than seven years, into their dream business in 2014. Since then the business has been going from strength to strength, serving gelato, homemade cakes, waffles and sundaes to residents and holidaymakers.

There are nine Local Information Points located within businesses across the New Forest. Their owners receive training, support and an annual contribution of £250 from the National Park Authority, as well as being advertised in a range of publications and websites as an information point.

Mandeep Sidhu, owner of Melt, said: ‘I am very happy Melt was chosen to become Brockenhurst's Local Information Point to help people find out more about the National Park when they visit. As soon as I heard of this opportunity I immediately thought we were in a great position to help as we are only a few minutes away from the train station and accessible to all.

‘Prior to taking on this role we were already getting people dropping in to ask for directions, as well as customers asking about the local area, and now we can now continue to help in an official capacity. ’

Jim Mitchell, New Forest National Park Authority Interpretation Officer, said: ‘We are really looking forward to working with Melt to provide local information in Brockenhurst.  

‘Local Information Points are a great way for us to work together with businesses to promote the New Forest, show people what makes it special, and boost the profile of local businesses.’

To find out the locations of the Local Information Points in the New Forest visit  


Notes to photo editor:

Mandeep Sidhu, owner of Melt in Brockenhurst, New Forest, displays leaflets available at the local information point located within her premises.

Notes to editor:

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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