Ainsley Harriott’s TV show to feature Royal William Yard’s OllyLolly

Plymouth’s vegan ice lolly company OllyLolly is to chill out with an appearance on TV chef Ainsley Harriott’s hit cookery show during the jubilee bank holiday weekend. The Royal William Yard-based business will star on ITV’s Ainsley Good Mood Food on Saturday, June 4 after Mr Harriot dropped by for filming in 2021.

The actor-author-chef brought a film crew to the listed victualling yard to meet OllyLolly founder Mel Mackie and learn how to make the businesses most popular flavour popsicle: mango and raspberry. Harriott’s programme will also feature him making a fruit and ice dish, back in his own kitchen, inspired by his time at OllyLolly.

“Filming with Ainsley was a dream come true,” said Mrs Mackie. “He’s such a long standing, hugely iconic British chef from our childhoods. It was slightly surreal to have him in our small OllyLolly kitchen at Royal William Yard – he’s so tall and full of laughter and energy, one of the warmest and friendliest people I’ve ever met.

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“Ainsley loved the Royal William Yard, where we’re based, and said our mango and raspberry OllyLolly was his favourite,” she added. “He said it reminded him of a mango rum cocktail his mum used to make.”

Ollylolly was founded in Britain’s Ocean City in 2015. Mrs Mackie got the idea when she and husband Ollie, after whom the brand is named, took their three children for a bike ride during a heatwave. She couldn’t find a healthy lolly, realised there was a gap in the market and set about devising her own natural, fresh fruit popsicles.

TV chef Ainsley Harriott filming at the Royal William Yard

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All OllyLolly products are made entirely from fresh products. They are dairy-free, gluten-free and lactose-free, contain no artificial flavouring and only have unrefined sugar.

The natural, fresh fruit ice lollies have been a refreshing hit with customers at beach cafes, gastro buses, restaurants, museums, and farm shops across Devon and; Cornwall. OllyLolly products have been stocked in top eateries such as Mitch Tonk’s Rockfish Restaurants and Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall, and have appeared backstage at the Glastonbury Festival and at London theatres including The Old Vic, The Ambassadors and St Martin’s. The most popular flavours – all of which are vegan – include strawberry and elderflower, blueberry lemonade, watermelon and pure raspberry.

“OllyLolly has lots of new customers for 2022 across Devon and Cornwall as well as our loyal, returning stockists who have either stayed with us through Covid or who are now returning as their cafes and beach shops get back on their feet,” said Mrs Mackie, a former TV producer. “We are working on becoming more sustainable and developing new packaging as well as other products under the OllyLolly brand, we’re especially looking into developing a natural, low sugar winter offering for when ice lollies are less in demand.”

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