Chichester’s melted our hearts! Ice cream shop owners back city’s place in top 10 of happiest places


Chichester has a rightful place in the list of the top 10 happiest places in the country. That’s according to what is probably one of the happiest places in the city…a specialist ice cream shop!

The city got its ranking in the annual “happy at home” index — compiled by property website Rightmove — in which more than 17,000 people across Britain took part.

The study asked residents how happy they are where they live, and also asks them to rank 12 happiness factors, from how friendly the neighbours are and how much people feel they can be themselves, to the level of the local services.

And Simon Bailey, director and co-founder of Baileys’ Artisan Gelato, which recently opened in the city centre, said: “We are not at all surprised that Chichester has been voted one of the UK’s happiest places. We knew when we moved here that the city was a delight, and that it would be the perfect place to launch a business as joyful as a gelateria.

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“We have always loved it here, and would encourage anybody whose interest in Chichester has been piqued by the official listing to come and visit!”

Margaret Bailey added: “It is no coincidence that we decided to set up shop in Chichester. It is full of delightful people, who have welcomed us with open arms. It is a wonderful place to live and to work. Our roots are firmly planted and we couldn’t be happier with our decision!”

We told last month how the husband and wife duo had set out to serve the folk of Chichester for years to come at the authentic Italian ice cream shop.

The artisan gelateria was the creation of the couple, who were inspired to set up shop last year after studying the art of gelato-making at the Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna. Prior to this venture, Mr Bailey worked as a finance partner and Mrs Bailey as a teacher.

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