A SOMERSET pub is doing a roaring - or barking - trade as the summer arrives, providing ice creams for thirsty walkers.

However, far from being for human ramblers who need cooling down after a hike, the Prince of Wales at Ham Hill is providing DOGS with special ice cream to help them stay hydrated.

The pub stocks dog ice cream brand, Doggy Doggy Yum Yum, which staff say is proving to be a massive hit with dog walkers and customers as temperatures soar.

The Prince of Wales pub is the latest in now a long list of dog friendly cafes, restaurants, hotels, tourist attractions and pubs to stock Doggy Doggy Yum Yum dog ice cream.

Made with peanut butter and bananas, the frozen treat uses coconut milk instead of dairy so it is kinder to dogs’ tummies.

The ice cream is 100% organic, natural and contains probiotics which come from the live yoghurt, vitamins C and B, iron, magnesium, copper and potassium from the coconut and bananas.

James Malcolm, head chef at the Prince of Wales, said: “Doggy Doggy Yum Yum has proven to be so popular with our customers that we sold cases of it this summer already.

"Our pub is a magnet for dog walkers so it is important to offer our canine visitors a tasty treat that not only tastes good but refreshes them and keeps them cool after a long walk.

"It is important to treat your dog as well and as ice cream is a tasty treat all year round, we are delighted that we are able to stock such an amazing product as Doggy Doggy Yum Yum ice cream knowing that is lactose free and made from natural ingredients.”

If given as an occasional treat after a long walk in the countryside, the park or on the beach this tasty treat is perfect way to reward your dog.

The peanut butter is pure and so does not contain sugar, xylitol or palm oil. Doggy Doggy contains no artificial flavourings, colours or refined sugars.

Baboo Gelato, which produces the snack, was started by husband and wife team Sam and Annie Hanbury after they moved to Dorset in 2012 and purchased a house with an overflowing garden and orchard.

Inspired by their fruit, Annie went to Bologna to train as a professional gelatiere, before setting up a small artisanal manufacturing kitchen.

They opened their first kiosk in West Bay Dorset and were overwhelmed by the wonderful response from the community.

Local restaurants and pubs then wanted their product; other kiosks wanted to rebrand to carry Baboo Gelato and shops wanted them to make ice cream in tubs.