A seven-year-old girl from Havant has won Farmhouse Inns' national competition to have her ice cream invention brought to life in pubs across the country.

Isla Prothero won the accolade of ‘Ice Cream Inventor’ when her flavour, Fizzy Rainbow Unicorn – which includes multi-coloured ice cream, popping candy, sprinkles and marshmallows – was named the public’s favourite.

A nationwide search for a gelato-genius was launched in June and hundreds of ice cream innovations were received – five of which were shortlisted for the public vote.

Irn-Bru Fizz, Custard Donut, Cola Fizzy Bottle and Candy Floss, Cherry and Popping Candy Sprinkles, were all in with a chance of winning the competition, but it was Isla’s unicorn-inspried creation which got tastebuds tingling.  

Having won the competition with 50 per cent of the online votes, Isla will see her flavour on sale in over 55 Farmhouse Inns pubs across the country later this year, and will also enjoy a £100 voucher to spend at Langbrook Farm. 

Patrick Byrne, general manager at Isla's local Farmhouse Inn, the Langbrook Farm, said: “Isla’s ice cream concoction is imaginative and delicious in equal measure, so we are delighted locals got behind her and voted for it to be brought to life. We can’t wait to see it take pride of place in our ice cream parlour!” 

Speaking about her daughter winning the title, Holly Clements said: “When Isla entered the competition we never thought she would beat so many other imaginative children and go on to be named Farmhouse Inns’ ‘Ice Cream Inventor’. 

“I am completely overjoyed for Isla - she hasn’t stopped smiling since we heard the news. We can’t wait to try the new ice cream and hope everyone enjoys eating it as much as Isla enjoyed inventing it!”   

Farmhouse Inns has 55 pub restaurants nationwide, and is dedicated to providing delicious carvery meats, seasonal veg, homemade cakes and 100% dairy ice cream flavours. Alongside its main carvery offering, the chain also has a separate menu featuring a wide range of pub favourites. 

For further information on Farmhouse Inns visit www.farmhouseinns.co.uk