A NEW shop offering ice-cold treats has had a red-hot start, thanks to the sunny weather.
Harefield Ice Creams opened over the spring bank holiday weekend and has so far seen a roaring trade.
Owner Eric Caton said: "We had 28 people queuing up at one point.
"We have had a good start and can't complain with the weather."
The shop, in High Street, Harefield, relies on local produce. Its ice cream comes from nearby White Heath Farm, in Hill End Road, Harefield.
"It is great to be supporting one of the local farms, we also use all natural colouring and have more than 20 flavours," said Mr Caton.
"We also sell ice creams for diabetics and for vegetarians, and tea, coffee and fudge."
The store sells its ice cream in tubs, as well as the traditional cornets.
"I delivered 25 tubs last week to two parties at the opposite ends of the age spectrum," said Mr Caton, who ran a similar business in the Lake District in the 1990s.
"One was a pre-school group and one was for a stroke club."
He said the shop will be open all year round, seven days a week, although the hours will vary depending on the weather.
Will the long, hot summer some forecasters have predicted actually materialise and lead to some cool profits? Only time will tell.