Page Last Updated: 10 May 2022
The Best Cream Teas in Devon by Region
A visit to Devon just wouldn’t be complete without experiencing a traditional Devon Cream Tea. From the rugged expanse of Dartmoor National Park and its cosy pubs to the pretty little harbours and seaside towns bustling with quaint cafés, one thing’s for sure - wherever you are in Devon you are never far from a cream tea!
We have put together this guide to help you find some of the best cream teas in Devon, whether in North, East, South or West Devon, we hope you find it useful and don't forget that we deliver Devon cream teas by post as gifts for those wanting to enjoy one at home from anywhere in the UK.
North Devon Cream Teas
Nelly May’s Parlour, Ilfracombe
63 High Street, Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 9QE
Nelly May’s Parlour opens for the summer season at the end of June 2022. This very traditional tea room serves tea in generous sized tea pots kept warm with pretty knitted tea cosies and a variety of scones are baked fresh on the premises. Nelly May’s has been awarded a Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Award for their outstanding customer service and delicious food.
Docton Mill & Gardens, Hartland
With all food freshly prepared in the granary kitchen, Docton Mill was voted best cream tea in Devon at the North Devon Food & Drink awards. The tea room that surrounds the garden terrace and Mill House is open daily.
Hartland Abbey & Gardens, Hartland
Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT
Open end of March until October, Hartland Abbey includes beautiful 18thC Walled and Woodland gardens with parkland that provides visitors with extensive grounds through which to wander and enjoy the stunning valley leading down to the Atlantic Ocean. Enid Blyton’s ‘Malory Towers’ was filmed at Hartland Abbey & Gardens in the autumn of 2019 for CBBC The tea rooms are situated in what was the heart of the house in years past and visitors can enjoy a Devon cream tea either within the old kitchen rooms or in the adjoining courtyard.
Cream Tea Cafe, Barnstaple
Church House, Church Lane, Barnstaple EX31 1DE
Located just a ‘scone’s throw’ from the traditional pannier market in Barnstaple town centre, The Cream Tea Café make the vast majority of their food from scratch and try to source ingredients from local suppliers to bring customers the very best Devon has to offer. Lovely light, fluffy scones, generous portions of clotted cream and tasty jam and properloose-leaf tea. Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2021.
Hele Corn Mill and Tea Room, Ilfracombe
Watermouth Road, Hele, North Devon EX34 9QY
Various opening hours between April - October so be sure to check the website for days and times. Located just 300m from stunning Hele Bay beach, Hele Corn Mill dates from 1525 and is a unique working watermill. The Miller’s Wife’s Tea Room serves homemade cream teas with either fruit or plain scones as well as Devonshire Splits. They also offer Thunder and Lightning - a cream tea with golden syrup instead of strawberry jam. The cafe is rated 1 of 92 restaurants in the Ilfracombe area on Trip Advisor and is four times winner of Devon Life’s Best Tearoom award.
The Old Farmhouse Kitchen & Tea Room
East Dodscott Farm, St Giles in-the-wood, Torrington, North Devon EX38 7JY
Open 11.30am - 4.30pm (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Discover this traditional 500-year-old farmhouse tea room serving delicious home-made food daily. Situated on a family-run working farm, relax outside in the peaceful private garden, where you may catch sight of some of the friendly farm animals whilst you eat. If the weather isn’t so good, the tea room with log burning stove will keep you warm and cosy. Cream teas, freshly baked ‘award winning’ cakes and the speciality afternoon teas are a must when you visit and all of the food is freshly made with the best local produce available.
Saunton Sands, Saunton
Saunton Road, Braunton EX33 1LQ
This elegant, four-star art deco hotel has a spectacular setting overlooking one of the finest beaches in Devon - a three-mile stretch of smooth sand offering safe paddling and bathing, and exhilarating surfing. Enjoy a Devon cream tea or range of afternoon teas from the lounge or on the terrace with beautiful views of the North Devon coast. Savour the freshly baked scones alongside a fine selection of teas and coffees. This indulgent treat can be enjoyed outside on the terrace or in the lovely Terrace Lounge
Tea on the Green, Westward Ho
Golf Links Road, Westward Ho! North Devon EX39 1LH
The Tea on the Green at Westward Ho! is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am - 5pm and closed on Monday and
Tuesday. The Café is highly rated on Trip Advisor and has some excellent reviews for cream teas!
The Corn Dolly, South Molton
79 South Street, South Molton
Open 9am - 4pm Tuesday to Saturday, The Corn Dolly is a small family run business established in 1986 serving South Molton with cream teas for nearly 30 years. Wherever possible they use produce from the local town and surrounding area.
May Cottage Tea Rooms
7 St Marys Road EX33 1PE
Tel. 01271 890214
Open April to October this pretty thatched cottage tea room can be found in the heart of Croyde village. Serving wonderful cream teas with excellent service, this quaint traditional tea room offers perfect scones, sandwiches, and homemade cakes.
The Watersmeet Hotel, Woolacombe
North Devon EX34 7EB
The Watersmeet Hotel can be found above a quiet, sandy beach, in the timeless village of Mortehoe, on Devon’s rugged North Atlantic coast. cream teas come with freshly made scones, local clotted cream and delicious strawberry jam. Dependent on the time of year you can enjoy your tea either on the sun trap terrace, the lawn or in the comfy lounge.
Ye Olde Manor Buttery, Ilfracombe
Chambercombe Manor Trust, Chambercombe Lane, Ilfracombe, North Devon EX34 9RJ
Open from April to September (closed Sunday, Wednesday & Friday), Ye Olde Manor Buttery can be found in the grounds of Chambercombe Manor, set in a secluded valley nestling snugly near the Heritage Coast of Ilfracombe, North Devon. The Manor House is thought to date from the 11th century and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. You can enjoy one of their famous Devonshire cream teas inside the recently refurbished tea room or eat outside in the lovely tea garden.
Exeter and East Devon Cream Teas
Seaton Tramway Café, Colyton Station
Colyton Station, Cownhayne Lane, Kingsdon, Colyton EX24 6HA
Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon's glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life. The Garden Room at Colyton Station serves fresh homemade scones with local farm clotted cream and its cream teas are very reasonably priced.
Bickleigh Mill, Bickleigh
Bickleigh, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8RG
Enjoy a cream tea in the warm, traditional atmosphere at Bickleigh Mill’s Bistro Bar & Restaurant set in the Old Mill House. Bickleigh Mill was built in the late 18th century and was milling corn until the devastating floods of the 1960’s. Today this historic working water mill is privately owned and is a shopping, eating and recreation destination.
Darts Farm, Topsham
Dart Farm Village, Topsham, Clyst St George, Exeter EX3 0QH
Darts Farm is a hub of all things locally grown, reared, baked or caught. Visit The Shack at Darts Farm for a delicious cream tea! Enjoy fresh homemade Devon scones, local clotted cream (cream first of course!), homemade strawberry jam and a cup of brew tea. The Shack is the perfect stop off for a pick-me-up for when you’re on the go!
Lower Halsdon Farm Tea Gardens
Andrew & Kate Lamont, Lower Halsdon Farm, Mudbank Lane, Exmouth EX8 3EG
Open from early April, Lower Halsdon Farm Tea Gardens is a great stop off point if you’re on a walk or cycle from Exmouth to Lympstone, or vice versa. Take some time out to enjoy scrumptious scones, oodles of strawberry jam and giant dollops of Devon clotted cream at this working farm. A true Devonshire cream tea in a truly Devonshire setting. Opening times can vary so check the Facebook page for latest updates.
Near Ottery St Mary. Follow the brown tourist signs for Escot, postcode EX11 1LU
Situated in the magnificent Coach House with its spacious courtyard, The Coach House Cafe is the ideal spot for a cream tea. The Coach House Café often play host to groups of ramblers, runners, cyclists and dog-walkers out to enjoy the everything the estate has to offer. As well as the Café, Wildwood Escot has amazing animals, a magnificent maze, outdoor adventure play, indoor soft play, terrific Traversing Walls, a drop-slide, 40-meter zip line, authentic Saxon Village ..... there’s plenty to do to work up an appetite for a cream tea!
46 High Street, Honiton EX14 1PJ
The market town of Honiton is known for lace making. Queen Victoria revived the declining Honiton Lace industry in the 19th century by ordering much ceremonial lace including that used for her wedding dress and since then the Royal Family have used the Royal Honiton Lace christening gown for all the Royal christenings. Today there is a Lacemakers Cafe found along Honiton High Street. This is a family-owned cafe serving hearty, home-cooked food with ingredients from local Devon farms and suppliers.
Otterton Mill, Otterton
Otterton, near Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG
Otterton Mill café - restaurant has won seven consecutive Taste of the West gold awards, and the farm shop has won a gold too! The Café produces fine organic scones in the ancient mill which overlooks the River Otter. A visit to Otterton Mill is popular with walkers, ramblers, cyclists and dog walkers enjoying the beautiful scenic walk to the coastal town of Budleigh Salterton. A traditional Devon cream tea here is a must to take in the beautiful surroundings. “One of the best places in Britain for afternoon tea” - The Sunday Times.
The Old Bakery, Branscombe
Branscombe, Devon EX12 3DB
Open from Easter onwards. This historic thatched bakery can be found in the heart of the picturesque coastal village of Branscombe. The Old Bakery has been run as a tea room and museum space since 1987. Take a walk along the South West Coast Path from Beer to Branscombe or Sidmouth to Branscombe and reward yourself with a visit to the Old Bakery for a well-earned cream tea! Opening hours can vary so check the Facebook page before visiting. m
Underleys, Beer, Devon, EX12 3NA
Pecorama, one of Devon’s leading tourist attractions, is set on the hillside above the picturesque fishing village of Beer and is home to the world’s foremost manufacturer of model railway track. All their scones and cakes are made daily on the premises and all from locally sourced ingredients. Cream teas can be enjoyed at The Junction, The Orion Pullman Carriage or the Beer Victoria Station Buffet.
The Hidden Treasure Tea Room
5a New Bridge Street, Exeter EX4 3JW
The Hidden Treasure tea room is just that; set away from the hustle and bustle of the main city centre of Exeter, walk down the hill of Fore Street and onto New Bridge Street and you will find The Hidden Treasure Tea Room on your left. All the scones are baked on the premises and there is a good range of gluten and dairy-free options too. Open Thursday to Sunday from 1pm to 9.30pm and until 6pm on Sundays. This tea room is very popular amongst those ‘in the know’ so it’s a good idea to visit the website and book in advance. m
Route 2 Café Bar, Topsham
1 Monmouth Hill, Topsham EX3 0JQ
Open 7 days a week 8am-5pm, Route 2 Café Bar is a cycle themed café situated in Topsham on the National Cycle Route along the Exe Estuary (a great cycle route!) and offers everything from homemade ice creams through to local Topsham ales. Many baked items are gluten free including their heart shaped scones. Virtually everything served on the premises is homemade and there is a strong local food ethos. This great little café looks quite unassuming on the outside but is always buzzing inside!
Barrington Tea Garden
Salcombe Road, Sidmouth EX10 8PU
Open Wednesday to Sunday, Barrington Tea Garden is situated in a beautiful location adjoining the River Sid in the Victorian coastal town of Sidmouth. Wonderful cream teas (and more) in a fabulous garden, with superb hosts. If you’re lucky enough to get a table here then you’re in for a real treat. High quality fresh produce at a great price. A hidden gem that’s definitely worth a visit if you are in Sidmouth.
The Bark House, Tiverton
The Bark House Tea Garden and Bar, Oakfordbridge, Tiverton, Devon EX16 9HZ
Come and enjoy a delicious cream tea in this stunning orchard, overlooking the beautiful Devon countryside, or sit indoors in the tea room or cosy living room. Delicious cream teas are served most days (when the sign is outside) to passing travellers, with homemade scones, their own strawberry jam and clotted cream from Weston's Farm, Bampton. Going to or from Exmoor on the A396 the Bark House is an ideal place for morning coffee or a cream tea.
Boveys Down Farm
Farway, Near Honiton EX24 6JD
Simple but amazing is a great description for Boveys Down Farm. The afternoon tea of homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches is delicious. Bovey Down Farm offers a warm welcome and a nice atmosphere; a great place to stop for a cream tea if you are in East Devon with Honiton, Seaton and Sidmouth all close by.
The Old Forge Caffe and Restaurant, Chagford
6 The Square , Chagford TQ13 8AB
This converted 19th-century blacksmith’s forge is now a beautiful café in the heart of the Dartmoor village of Chagford (the Sunday Telegraph’s Best Rural Place to Live in Britain 2015). The Old Forge Café has received high praise and many accolades including first place in an independent review of over 150 cream teas across Devon, and named one of the best places in the County for a full afternoon tea.
The Old Walled Garden Tea Rooms, Dunsford
Church Cottage, Dunsford, Devon EX6 7AA
The Walled Garden Tearooms in Dunsford really are a hidden gem. Tucked in an old-worldy cottage which also houses the local post office. Indoor seating available as well as a covered courtyard. The cream tea is tipped to be one of the best in the area and all of the food at the tearoom is homemade.
The Salty Monk, Sidford
Church Street, Sidford, Devon EX10 9QP
Originally a Salt House used by the Benedictine Monks who traded Salt at Exeter Cathedral, this Devon restaurant with rooms is situated in the Sid Valley just one mile from Sidmouth. The Salty Monk is open for cream teas everyday and has a large selection of loose leaf teas to choose from and the scones and preserves are made on the premises, with the clotted cream coming from the nearby Yarty Valley.
Torbay, Plymouth and South Devon Cream Teas
The Old School Tea Room, Belstone
Belstone, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton EX20 1RA
Open Friday to Monday 2pm to 5.30pm this converted old school building is now a traditional tea room serving tea, coffee, cakes and scones in the centre of the lovely moorland village of Belstone. Payment is by cash or bank transfer only as there is no signal for anything else! Situated on the northern edge of Dartmoor, The Old School Tea Room provides the perfect spot to energise before striking out among the tors, or to rest beside the fire and refuel upon your return. Serving delicious home-made cakes, cream teas and proper tea and coffee – it really is old-school!
Devon Heaven (cream teas by post), Chudleigh
Sorry, we had to include our own cream teas by post in this guide! Our scones are handmade and keep fresh for 4-5 days after baking, ideal for sending via post. The clotted cream is by Langage Farm and placed in a cool pack for transit. The scones and jam are both award winning.
Ullacombe Farm, near Bovey Tracey
Haytor Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9LL
A hugely popular farm shop and cafe on the edge of Dartmoor near Haytor serving an excellent variety of home made cakes and cream teas. There’s outside seating to enjoy a cream tea whilst children have fun in the small play area as well as looking at the farm animals. Ullacombe Farm’s excellent reputation means it can get very busy so it’s advisable to book online via their website to be sure of a table.
Primrose Tea Rooms, Lustleigh
Lustleigh, Newton Abbot TQ13 9TJ
Open Thursday to Sunday from mid-morning until 5pm; a visit to this beautiful tea room situated in the ‘chocolate box’ thatched cottage village of Lustleigh is a treat not to be missed. On warmer days, sit nestled amongst the beautiful flowers in the garden or take a seat inside and admire the traditional dresser laden with freshly baked cakes and tray bakes. The Primrose Tea Room is really popular with walkers and cyclists and provides the perfect stop off if walking from Parke at Bovey up to Lustleigh or taking the cycle path from Lustleigh to Moretonhampstead.
Fox Tor Cafe, Princetown
Two Bridges Road, Princetown, Dartmoor, Devon PL20 6QS
Open Wednesday to Sunday 9am - 4pm and until 5pm at weekends, Fox Tor Café offers inside and outside seating high on Dartmoor in Princetown. They have various varieties of scones all made on the premises from scratch. A large selection of homemade cakes including sticky lemon drizzle, coffee and walnut, carrot, apple and cinnamon, chocolate and beetroot, the much-loved Fruit bar and their Areo brownie. As well lots of hearty treats to enjoy, there is free wifi and great mobile reception; a rare find on Dartmoor!
East Gate Cafe & Brasserie, Tavistock
3 Market Road, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0BW
Eastgate Cafe and Brasserie is idyllically situated just a few short paces from the Tavistock town centre and is right next to the River Tavy. There is a large outdoor terrace alongside the river which is a must during the summer and great for dog walkers. Eastgate Cafe and Brasserie serves an excellent cream tea with fresh home-made scones and lots of thick clotted cream.
Angels Tea Rooms, Babbacombe
49 Babbacombe Downs, Torquay, Devon TQ1 3LP
Angels Tea Room is a wonderful little surprise to be found situated along the coast road at Babbacombe Downs. This tea room and daytime restaurant bustles from the moment the doors are open and it’s advisable to book if possible. If you are looking for a magnificent array of cream tea combinations, this is definitely the place to visit! Scone varieties include chocolate, fruit and nut, Strawberry ice cream, Mint chocolate chip, Cheese and spring onion, Triple chocolate and Feta and walnut. People visit the tea rooms again and again to work through the mouth-watering choice of scones on offer.
Anne of Cleves, Totnes
56 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RU
A visit to the quirky market town of Totnes, taking in the vibrant atmosphere, beautiful architecture, independent shops, castle and River Dart is perfectly rounded off with a visit to the traditional Anne of Cleves Tea Room. Situated in the High Street, it’s hard to resist the charms of the delicious window display filled with beautiful cakes and fresh scones. Cream teas don’t come any better than those served in this quaint tea room accompanied by friendly and helpful service. Tuck into scones with jam and cream to die for accompanied by a lovely pot of tea.
Avon Mill, Kingsbridge
Woodleigh Road, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge, South Devon TQ7 4DD
Avon Mill Garden Centre Kingsbridge is set in the grounds of a former mill, on the banks of the River Avon near Kingsbridge, it makes for a perfect day out. The licensed café is popular for brunch, lunch and traditional Devon cream teas all carefully prepared in the kitchen from fresh and wholesome ingredients and locally sourced wherever possible.
Badgers Holt, Dartmeet
Dartmeet, Devon PL20 6SG
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm, Badgers Holt Dartmeet was once an old fishing lodge. Badger’s Holt nestles at the foot of 1300 feet high Yar Tor, at the famous beauty spot where the east and west tributaries of the River Dart meet. Badger’s Holt specialises in Devonshire cream teas, with a secret scone recipe exclusive to the restaurant for over 60 years and also offers homemade traditional fruit, cheese and gluten free scones. Awarded a Taste of the West Silver Award 2018/2019, they and are passionate about great quality, fresh and local produce.
Boringdon Hall, Plympton
Plymouth, Devon PL7 4DP
Five star Boringdon Hall Hotel is a seductive manor house hotel on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon where luxury and style come together with the drama of Elizabethan architecture. It offers a number of exciting afternoon tea options. Afternoon Tea at Boringdon Hall is served in the dramatic surroundings of the quintessentially English Great Hall in Devon. Experience a past that stretches back as far as the Domesday Book and enjoy afternoon tea in this beautiful building.
Orestone Manor, Torquay
Maidencombe, Rock House Lane, Devon TQ1 4SX
Orestone Manor is an independent family run classic country house hotel. The magnificent Georgian manor house is set in the pretty South Devon coastal village of Maidencombe. Awarded two AA rosettes for fine dining and multiple other awards, Orestone Manor, owned by two chefs, is the ideal place to enjoy a delicious Cream Tea and take in the spectacular sea views over Lyme Bay
Occombe Farm, Paignton
Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN
Occombe Cafe sits above the Farm Shop and has wonderful views across the farm and nature reserve which can be enjoyed whilst relaxing on the balcony. The Cafe try to source as much of the menu as possible from Occombe Farm itself. All proceeds from Occombe Farm Cafe go towards helping Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust care for Torbay’s most treasured places and spaces, so you can enjoy a cream tea here knowing you are helping to support the local area as well.
Bayards Cove Inn, Dartmouth
27 Lower Street, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9AN
Bayards Cove Inn was built and named by a merchant in the 14th century and gained grade II listed status in 1949. This quirky, ancient building is the second oldest building in Dartmouth, set in a stunning location near historic Bayards Cove, the mouth of the River Dart and the South West Coast Path. Bayards Cove Inn is the perfect place to enjoy a cream tea surrounded by the history and with a real sense of times gone by.
Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Salcombe
Cliff Road, Salcombe, South Devon, TQ8 8JH
The Salcombe Harbour Hotel is one of the South West's finest luxury hotels situated in a prime location on the Salcombe Estuary. They offer a number of different Afternoon Tea options including their Jetty Cream Tea, all with spectacular views from the Terrance Restaurant overlooking the estuary.
The Old Mill Cafe, Wembury Beach
Wembury Beach, Church Road, Wembury PL9 0HP
The Old Mill Café can be found in a beautiful old stone building alongside Wembury beach. The Café is a welcome sight for walkers and beach goers alike. There is indoor and outdoor seating; perfect for cosy cream teas inside or sat outside on sunny days taking in the beach side views. As well as cream teas choose from a variety of home-made cakes and light meals made from local produce. This café is the perfect stop for good wholesome food on the beach whilst visiting the beautiful South Hams area of Devon.
The Guardhouse Café, Brixham
Berry Head nature reserve, Brixham TQ5 9AW
The Guardhouse Café offers superb local food and drink in one of the south coasts most stunning locations, Berry Head Nature Reserve. They offer a wide selection of hot food, drinks, cakes & flapjacks with their cream teas being one of the most popular dishes.
Tudor Rose Tea Room, Plymouth
36 New Street, Plymouth PL1 2NA
The traditional tea rooms are set in a listed premises dating back to 1640. They have a good Trip Advisor rating of #46 of 525 in Plymouth with lots of positive reviews of their cream teas.
8 Victoria Parade, Torquay TQ1 2BB
This lovely independent café can be found on Torquay harbour front. Sit and enjoy a cream tea in this friendly little cafe whilst enjoying the great views overlooking the harbour. Family and dog friendly with great service and a lovely atmosphere, Burridge’s is a welcome stop off when you are in Torquay.
Weavers' Cottage Tea Shoppe, Cockington
Cockington Village TQ2 6XA
Weavers Cottage Tea Shoppe is Cockington’s hidden gem. A wonderful traditional experience: step inside an authentic 18th century cottage or into the beautiful sun kissed walled courtyard garden and enjoy a light lunch, speciality cream tea or homemade cake, or just indulge in a gourmet coffee, deep in the heart of the historic village of Cockington.
Two Bridges Hotel
Dartmoor National Park, Devon PL20 6SW
There is nothing better than arriving at the cosy Two Bridges Hotel after a scenic trip across the moors to enjoy one of their renowned cream teas. Take a seat in one of the homely lounges amidst the glow of a cosy open fire, or sit outside in the beautiful gardens enjoying the moorland countryside. Scones are made every day using the Hotel’s tried and tested recipe and are served with locally produced jam and clotted cream. The hotel serves cream tea all day but it can be best to book on 01822 892300 as they can get very busy, especially during holiday times.