A traditional cream tea

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As the sun peeks through the clouds and the days seem warmer we take any opportunity to bask in the spring weather.  There is nothing nicer than enjoying the weekend weather after what seems like weeks of rain and getting out into our beautiful counties of Cornwall and Devon. So what better way to end a muddy walk with the family than a traditional cream tea?

A much discussed and disputed traditional afternoon ritual the cream tea has been been enjoyed in both Devon and Cornwall since the 11th century and flourished in the late 19th century with the opening of the railway to the west country and the arrival of tourists eagar to sample this traditional afternoon delight.

As the popularity grew of the warm scone, jam and clotted cream, much debate arose as to how to prepare the freshly baked scone. Was it jam then cream or cream then jam?

The Cornish will advocate it had always been jam then cream and across the border it’s claimed cream then jam. Regardless of how you eat yours (just make sure you do it right if you’re in Devon or Cornwall!) here are a few places that serve a traditional Devonshire or Cornish cream tea to enjoy.

 

Pandora Inn, Mylor, Falmouth

A beautiful traditional pub nestled on an estuary and accessible on foot, by car or by boat (it has its own moorings). Enjoy a delicious afternoon cream tea on the pontoon over the water and watch the world go by.

 

The Waymarker, Constantine

Notorious for its afternoon tea this countryside retreat offers fantastic cream teas and nature trails to ensure you can walk off all that jam and cream!

 

Polpeor cafe, the Lizard

The most southerly cafe in England this cafe is surrounded by dramatic and stunning views. Enjoy a cream tea inside or outside the cafe, explore the surrounding rugged coastal paths and discover the local wildlife of seals, choughs and cormorants.

 

The Camel Trail Tea Garden, Wadebridge

Work up an appetite and enjoy the Cornish countryside by cycling the Camel Trail (bikes available to hire). Stop at this lovely tea garden and enjoy a scone or two surrounded by orchards and terrace gardens between the Wadebridge and Bodmin part of the trail.

 

Woods Cafe, Cardinham Woods, Bodmin

Enjoy their selection of delicious cakes and cream teas deep in Cardinham woods surrounded by nature trails suitable for all abilities. A truly woodland retreat!

 

Darts Farm, Topsham

Enjoy a cream tea in the surroundings of a delightful farm shop where you just can’t resist buying something from their wide range of local produce.

 

Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Salcombe

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon indulgence in luxury at this 5 star hotel with stunning sea views over Salcombe