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Our Guide to Clotted Cream August 25, 2018 17:26

Clearly, we love clotted cream here at Devon Heaven and our business relies heavily on its appeal so we thought we’d take the time to learn some more about this cherished West Country creation.

Clotted Cream

What makes Clotted Cream Clotted?

Wikipedia describes clotted cream as: a thick cream made by indirectly heating full-cream cow's milk using steam or a water bath and then leaving it in shallow pans to cool slowly. During this time, the cream content rises to the surface and forms "clots" or "clouts".

Cream has the same properties as milk but it is richer in fat. What sets clotted cream apart from other creams is that it has an even higher fat content.

Minimum fat content allowed in each type of cream:
Half cream - 12% fat
Single cream - 18% fat
Extra thick double cream - 48% fat
Clotted cream - 55% fat (55% is the minimum, typically its around 63%)

Clotted Cream Producers

Although the appeal of clotted cream has spread nationally, the production of clotted cream is still dominated by producers in the South West. Rodda’s of Cornwall are the biggest manufacturer making over 10 tonnes of it a day. They’re also one of the oldest producers with over 100 years’ experience. Langage Farm are the biggest producer in Devon, they were the first UK Carbon Neutral Dairy with an onsite Anaerobic Digester Facility that generates the farm’s electricity from food waste.

What makes the Best Clotted Cream Flavour?

The colour, consistency and taste of clotted cream are affected by the breed of cow, the type of food they eat, their pasture and the method of cream production. Cows are often indoors during the winter months and outside for the summer, butterfat levels are usually best in the middle of summer when the cows have settled into outdoor living. The higher the butterfat in the milk the richer and more coloured the clotted cream. Jersey and Guernsey breeds of cow are said to produce the highest buttermilk content.

Differences Between Cornish and Devonshire Clotted Cream

Both Devonshire and Cornish clotted cream is produced using the same or similar methods, the main difference comes from the cows pastures (the better the cows diet the better the clotted cream). The conditions required to produce the best pastures don’t exactly follow county boundaries however generally Devon has more varied, deeper soils ideal for dairy farming. On the other hand, Cornish dairy farmers benefit from slightly milder winters and more rainfall both of which can benefit the cows so it’s hard to say that one county is clearly better than the other for dairy farming.

Differences between farmhouse and commercial clotted cream

We’re used to assuming that local products produced on a small scale are better than mass produced products as this is often the case. Usually, this is due to better quality ingredients and less additives used with smaller scale production. However, with clotted cream the ingredient is simply milk with no additives or preservatives, regardless of the scale. The methods used for farmhouse and factory clotted cream follow the same process with the latter performed on a much bigger scale. Rodda’s commercial clotted cream is cooked in specially designed ovens that have a high degree of control with butterfat levels carefully checked along the way. This results in a very consistent product, whereas farmhouse clotted cream can be slightly more varied in flavour, colour and texture.

Judging Clotted Cream

Clotted cream should be judged on its colour, consistency, flavour and crust. It should be firm enough that it sits on the scone without spilling but without being too stiff. The crust is an essential part of clotted cream and it gives it it’s uniqueness over other cream so any good clotted cream should have a nice thick layer of crust. Colour is another consideration when judging clotted cream and contrary to popular opinion yellow (rather than pale white) indicates a higher quality cream as it results from a higher butterfat level.

See also: Devon and Cornish Cream Tea Debate 

A Huge Afternoon Tea Order For Morning Delivery July 26, 2018 10:53

At the start of the month the NHS celebrated it’s 70th Birthday and many NHS practices across the country held tea parties to celebrate this milestone Birthday. It was a lovely idea to get staff, retired staff, volunteers, patients, users, carers and local community groups together for a cuppa and to share their NHS stories.

Afternoon Tea Party

Devon Heaven was luck enough to be asked to provide an afternoon tea for 100 NHS practices across the country. Practices ranged in size from 10 people to 200 people which lead to a huge number of scones being sent out – 3,400 to be exact! Also included in the afternoon tea packages were 1,100 packets Teoni’s cookies and shortbread biscuits. All of this needed to be dispatched on a single day so that it could arrive on the actual Birthday of 5th July. The tricky part is that cream / afternoon tea hampers can’t be packed in advance due to the nature of the product so it was all hands to the deck. It was a great team effort and we’re very lucky to have staff willing to be flexible by starting work very early on the Wednesday to ensure that every single scone was sent on time.

Our courier DPD were great, sending three vans to collect the parcels on the Wednesday and delivering everything by midday on Thursday so that the afternoon teas could be enjoyed at lunchtime or as a traditional mid-afternoon treat.

Morning Delivery Now Available To All

In the past we haven’t offered a morning delivery option when buying cream tea hampers through the website (only doing them on special request as they were quite expensive). However, we’ve subsequently received a better price for them from our courier so have made AM delivery available for all our cream and afternoon tea hampers for £10 extra (excluding Scottish Highlands/Lowlands, Northern Ireland and any other Islands). It’s nice to have the reassurance that the afternoon tea hampers will be able to be enjoyed over lunchtime particularly when sending them to offices or when having them arrive on the date of a special occasion such as a Birthday or family gathering.

Cream and Afternoon Tea Hampers

Cream and Afternoon Tea Hampers

Alterative Easter Gifts – Cream Tea Hampers March 28, 2018 16:23

Are you looking for something different as an Easter present, perhaps for someone who doesn’t like chocolate, well cream tea hampers are a great alternative. Everyone loves cream teas as much as they do chocolate. They are a better small gift for adults than Easter eggs and are ideal for sharing with the family and enjoying together one afternoon during the Easter period. Also, sometimes children can end up with multiple Easter eggs so buy buying an alternative Easter gift you avoid duplicating the same gift.

Although the weather doesn’t always compile Easter coincides with the changing season’s and cream teas are a great way to start the summer, especially for those who have memories of holidaying in Devon or Cornwall.

The baskets that our cream tea hampers come in can also be used for collecting Easter eggs during children’s Easter egg hunts in the garden or used for creating an Easter themed scene with painted eggs, flowers and chicks or bunnies.

Devon Heaven Cream Tea Hampers

Cream and Afternoon Tea Hampers and Gifts

  • Our Devonshire scones are made by a local chef and have a gold Taste of the West award.
  • The clotted cream made by Langage Farm and jam made by Devon Scone Company are also award winning.
  • They come with free next day delivery. You can also choose to have delivery on a particular date.
  • A gift card where you can enter a personal message such as ‘Happy Easter’ is included.
  • At the time of writing we have 498 reviews of which 487 are 5 stars (and these are managed by a 3rd party and cannot be faked, edited or deleted).
  • Almost everything we sell is for a gift so our cream and afternoon tea hampers are all designed to be nicely presented on arrival.
  • As well as the scones, cream, jam and tea our afternoon tea hampers also include artisan cheese and biscuits, local cakes, chocolate truffles and much more.

Cream Teas For Offices & Large Groups August 11, 2017 20:05

Group Cream Tea

Our Group Cream Tea is a cream tea designed for a group of people with various size options (in increments of 4) ranging from 4 to 32 people. Previously, we only listed a cream tea to cater for up to 20 but we've recently expanded this to 32 people. We've worked out how much cream and jam is required per scone so all you need to know is how many people / scones are needed. The Devon scones, cream and jam also come with a selection box of Devonshire Tea containing sachets of Breakfast, Earl Grey and Afternoon tea blends.

Who is the Group Cream Tea Hamper for?

  • Large families where four scones isn't enough
  • Birthday parties - we recently provided a cream tea for a group of 100 celebrating a 21st Birthday party (see below).
  • Departments within an office - companies have been running national sales incentive competitions awarding the winning branch / department with a cream tea that the team can enjoy together.
  • Business to business marketing competitions.
  • Company thank you's - cream teas work really well as a thank you present and satisfied customers have been sending our Group Cream Tea to businesses such as garages, nurseries, schools and firms of solicitors.

Company Enjoying A Cream Tea Hamper

Ordering for 100 or more people

We only build in options to order for up to 32 people but have provided custom quotes for cream teas for around 100 people before. Please contact us to request a quote.

Fathers Day Cream Tea Gifts For Grandparents May 27, 2016 14:45

Cream teas are a perfect gift for Father’s or Mother’s Day:

  • Starting from £20, including delivery, they are an affordable present.
  • They’re an original gift idea, more unexpected than obvious presents like chocolates or flowers.
  • Cream teas have a universal appeal, liked by all ages but particularly popular with grandparents sparking memories of seaside holidays to the West County.

In the UK, Father’s Day is always celebrated on the third Sunday of June which makes it Sunday 18th June 2017 this year. Our last cream tea dispatch for arrival before Fathers’ Day is Thursday 15th June so orders need to be with us by 11am on Thursday 15th. This will result in gifts arriving on Friday 16th, this delivery date can be selected from our calendar on the checkout page when ordering in advance.

All hampers also have the option to include a personal gift card message for Father’s Day, this can be entered at checkout. There’s no extra charge to include a personal Fathers’ Day message.

Fathers Day Cream Tea

Our cream tea hampers themselves come with large hand-made scones from the Devon Scone Company. Owner and Chef Richard Hunt is often featured on TV and at food exhibitions, sharing his baking knowledge. His scones are based on traditional Devon Splits, perfect for soaking up the clotted cream when serving cream teas the Devon way with cream first then jam on top. Richard also produces our strawberry jam which was awarded a Taste of the West gold in 2014. Many of the customer reviews featured on our website describe the scones and jam as the best the recipient has ever tasted. The clotted cream used in our cream teas is produced by Langage Farm; Devon’s biggest manufacturer of clotted cream and the UK’s first carbon neutral dairy. Their cream regularly wins awards with the most recent being 1st place at the 2016 Devon County Show.

For those looking for Father’s Day gifts for parents or grandparents based in Devon, we also sell vouchers for afternoon or cream teas at various venues around Devon. One of which that we’re very proud of is the Old Forge in Chagford. It won the best afternoon tea in the UK at the Cafe Life Awards in 2015 and was described as “Britain's best cream tea" by The Daily Telegraph in September 2015.

The Old Forge Restaurant on Dartmoor wins best Afternoon Tea Award October 13, 2015 14:11

The Old Forge in Chagford on Dartmoor

The Old Forge Caffè and Restaurant in Chagford, Dartmoor, has had lots to shout about recently. The Old Forge was judged as having the best cream tea in Devon by independent cream tea reviewer Ditch Townsend, who has tasted over 250 cream teas in the county.

The Old Forge Restaurant - Best Cream Tea in Devon!

In September 15 the Daily Telegraph coined the Dartmoor-based café as "Britain's best cream tea" whilst The Times wrote "the cream of Devon teas". Now the Café Life Awards has crowned the Old Forge Caffè & Restaurant the winner of the Afternoon Tea Experience Challenge sponsored by Tetley Tea. The finals for the competition took place at the ‘Lunch!’ trade show in London and saw the UK's most innovative cafés, bakeries and cookery schools create a bespoke sweet and savoury spread, paired with one of Tetley's range of teas, to provide the ultimate Afternoon Tea Experience. Celebrity chef and café entrepreneur Aldo Zilli was head judge for the competition leading an independent panel of food and drink experts.

Old Forge best afternoon tea in the UKDr Richard Farrington, owner and head chef at The Old Forge since leaving a career in medicine two years ago, said: "The competition today was truly astonishing, and I'm thrilled to be able to take home the prize for my version of a Devonshire Cream Tea - an amazing local speciality that I am incredibly passionate about. To be recognised by the Café Life Awards in this way is a proud achievement and one that I will treasure."

The sandwiches and cakes Richard included in his afternoon tea stand were inspired by the early 1900s, a time period when the cream tea started to become well known to the rest of the country with the expansion of the railways. However, the real fun came with the cream tea element of the afternoon tea. Instead of pairing scones, cream and jam with traditional Earl Grey tea and sliced lemon, Richard made spiced caraway scones (to taste like Victorian seed cake) and served them with homemade Earl Grey-infused clotted cream, lemon curd, and a Red Berry Tetley tea. All the traditional flavours comprising a cream tea are present, but in a rather unusual and highly original form that mad-scientist Heston Blumenthal would be proud of.

The full afternoon tea menu is below:

  • Dainty finger sandwiches (crusts cut off, of course):
    Cucumber on traditional white sourdough bread
    Salmon pâté on seeded bread (including caraway seeds)
  • A chilled glass of homemade lemonade (this could be changed to a glass of champagne for a higher sale price, but Richard prefers the traditional lemonade, whose flavour marries and compliments the other elements of the tea so well).
  • A selection of popular sweet delicacies - here Richard chose shortbread, fruit cake, raspberry tartlets and lemon sponge to best match the other flavours in the afternoon tea.
  • A "Devonshire Cream Tea" with a difference:
    Caraway seed scones (adding the flavour of traditional seed cake) paired with homemade Earl-Grey-infused clotted cream
    Lemon curd (the added lemon to go with the Earl Grey)
    A pot of Tetley Summer Berry Tea

Well done to Richard and the team! We are very proud at Devon Heaven Hampers to sell afternoon and cream tea vouchers for such a highly acclaimed restaurant and café!

Independent cream tea reviewer Ditch Townsend shares his latest finds! June 08, 2015 10:16 2 Comments

A guest blog from local cream tea expert Ditch Townsend on his top 5 finds from May...

They begged me not to eat their cream tea. “Come back after 2.30pm,” they said, “the scones will be freshly baked,” they said. That’s Exeter’s Tea on the Green for you. Too fastidious, by far. I ploughed on in my quest; now or never! It was large. It was hot. Could extra freshness have improved the buttery shortbread crunch as the scone’s glazed crust succumbed to me? Might not the dense and delicious cake-biscuit core be better for having matured overnight? My saliva glands squeezed ecstatically, as the tart blackcurrant woke from its soft, mild, creamy bed.

Seventy four cream teas down, I’m still standing. I don’t actually eat all of them. I tend to eat an eighth of a scone with cream and an eighth without. It’s the caffeine headaches that give me the biggest problem. Or finding two great venues in one day. (I tend to eat a whole scone with cream and jam, when I stumble onto the best ones.)

Except at the Oak Barn on the way into Budleigh Salterton. I almost jumped up and down, shouting “Mummy, Mummy!” when I bit into one of their cherry bakewell scones. It was so fragrant and exotically flavoured, that the jam ruined the small piece I tried it on. No – for this Duchess of scones, all you want is cream; lots of it. These are the moments when I need to eat it all.

Cherry bakewell scones

Six years ago, I returned to the UK with my family after working in community development in Asia and Africa for 14 years. We settled in Devon and I soon developed a cream tea habit, having first experimented with it as a teenager on holiday in Lynton. A long work sabbatical is giving me the chance to indulge and share. But as I dig deeper and travel further, I wonder who is consuming whom...

Take the Corn Dolly in South Molton for example. When I stumbled in, apple and cinnamon was their scone of the week. Like a siren, it called plaintively to me from the specials board. Naturally, I capitulated. Baked like a cake, this giant scone wedge crumpled and crumbled its soft, chunky way to my heart, the fragrant loose leaf Earl Grey lubricating the way. Like I said, who’s eating whom?

cream tea reviews

Is there anything objective in my assessments, you might ask? I pretend to think so – at least I try to be consistent: I prefer my clotted cream like a paté, preferably flavoured (although my favourite smokey type is now almost extinct). I don’t score more or less between Devon and Cornwall (and once, even Dorset), but I like to know the source: if someone promotes a ‘Devon cream tea’, the least I hope for is that they source their cream in Devon. I like my scones to have some flavour, and preferably to veer down the biscuit end of the spectrum (soft and moist of course!) For tea, I’ll always go for a loose leaf Earl Grey with a cream tea if I can (although I review whatever is standard unless a choice is no extra cost). As for jam, my top bug bear is lack of choice. My second is the appalling insipidness and jellosity of the luminous, red flavoured, sickly sweet gunk, which I just want to rant and scream about, it crops up so often.

No – give me The Barn, up at Ullacombe, where THE raspberry jam lives: a thick nectar, plum-saffron coloured, suffused with the scents of paradise, yellow seeds hanging intoxicated with delight.

cube scone

My other measure is that of the place – its grace in other words. I’m not aiming too high (no classy hotels for me), nor too low (no sun-drunk beachside kiosks either). But I’m looking for an interesting or pleasant local environment, and for some signs of care for the decor or garden, whatever its aspiration (some are themed, some traditional, some fun); have they achieved something worthwhile with the place? Lastly, how does it all arrive – is the visual sensation more shiver or shudder?

Just look at the setting of Powdermills Pottery and tell me it’s not awesome? That the pottery showroom isn’t just the perfect place to sit? That the home made crockery and tray aren’t quixotically special?

Well, nowhere is perfect, and I don’t let my scoring get in the way of that. If its close, it can have it. I don’t know how I’ll feel when I encounter my first 10/10. But for now, I can tell you that I’ve found a 9/10. Find out for yourself. It’s at Chagford, and it’s called The Old Forge Caffè. Go see; then tell me I’ve not done my job right...

© Text and photos by Ditch Townsend

Thanks to Ditch for a great blog! You can follow Ditch’s via and be kept up-to-date on Twitter @DevonCreamTease

Dog settles Devon vs Cornwall cream tea debate! May 18, 2015 13:15

We recently teamed up with our friends at Doggy Devon to share our love of cream teas and dogs, here’s a guest blog from at Claire of Doggy Devon:

Doggy Devon is all about dog friendly Devon places to eat, drink, stay and play, and if you follow Doggy Devon on social media, you’ll know that both Paul and I are quite partial to a cream tea when we’re out and about exploring the county with Alfie.

I got in touch with Sam (of Devon Heaven Hampers) as it seemed likely that our businesses, both with a love of Cream Teas and Devon would have something in common! I wasn’t wrong!

The ‘cream first’ or ‘jam first’ debate never wanes so we thought it would be fun to let a Devon doggy decide his preferred way to enjoy a Cream Tea!

Conclusive? I’d say so!

Whether you enjoy your Cream Tea with the cream first, or the jam, really what you’re enjoying overall is the taste of the Westcountry – lashings of clotted cream with jam (my preference is always strawberry), served on just out of the oven, still slightly warm scones – I really am in heaven in Devon when I’m enjoying a Cream Tea, and what’s even better is being able to enjoy a Cream Tea in dog friendly Devon places too. Which is why, the recently published Doggy Devon Beach and Moor…Guide also includes over forty dog friendly places to enjoy a Cream Tea as recommended by the Doggy Devon community.

And, if you do fancy making your four-legged friend a Cream Tea treat, I put together this dog friendly Cream Tea recipe which you’re welcome to use:

For the 'scones':
1 x cup of wholemeal flour
1 x cup of porridge oats
1 x cup of grated carrot
3 x medium sized eggs
1 x tbsp of peanut butter or pumpkin oil
Simply mix the ingredients together, dollop into muffin cases (makes approx 8) and bake at 190C for about 30 minutes or until springy to the touch, leave to cool.

For the 'cream':
Mix a teaspoon of peanut butter into soft cream cheese.

For the 'jam':
Chop fresh strawberries - the natural sugars and vitamins make for a great occasional treat!

Dartmoor Cream Tea Challenge April 21, 2015 10:52 21 Comments

About the Dartmoor Cream Tea Challenge

The cream tea challenge is a route across Dartmoor that incorporates 16 great tearooms and hotels that sell Devonshire cream teas. With its stunning scenery Dartmoor is the perfect place to enjoy a cream tea, or 16! Its open expanse makes Dartmoor perfect for walkers, with the most well known trek being the ten tors adventure where students hike between 35 and 55 miles across Dartmoor on a route that takes them between 10 Dartmoor tors.

Dartmoor Cream Tea Adventure Challenge

How the Dartmoor Cream Tea Challenge Works

The Dartmoor Cream Tea Challenge is a fun on-going event that can either be walked, rode or driven. Those looking for adventure can walk, run or ride the route ticking off each cream tea over the course of a long weekend. Those more keen on thick clotted cream and warm fresh scones than the exhausting 63 miles of Dartmoor hills can treat the challenge as a tick list crossing off each venue over the course of whatever time period they choose, making it a very accessible challenge to all.

The below map shows the route by road in a bit more detail, those taking on the adventure challenge will find that some sections are walk-able direct off-road. For on-route accommodation check out

Dartmoor Cream Tea Adventure Challenge Map

What do you get for completing the challenge?

The Dartmoor cream tea challenge is a fun event that Devon Heaven Hampers run for free so we don't give out medals or badges etc. for completing the challenge. However, you will be added to our hall of fame below and have your achievement shared through our social media page. Simply let us know the details below and send us a picture or two of you en route. We will also give away one of our cream tea hampers as a prize to one of those who complete the challenge each year (or can send to a relative if you've eaten too many cream tea's!).

Date  Name Walk/Ride/Drive Days Taken Favourite Cream Tea


Cream Tea Voucher Give Away

To celebrate the cream tea challenge, we have cream tea vouchers to give away! Vouchers can be won for the tearooms and hotels listed below. To enter the competition, all you have to do is like our Facebook page.

Cream Tea for Two Vouchers

Venue / Status

Badgers Holt - Done
Fox Tor Cafe - Done
Buckland Abbey - Done
Home Farm Cafe - Done
Moorland Gardens Hotel - Coming Soon
The Old Forge - Coming Soon
The White Hart Hotel - Coming Soon
Prince Hall - Coming Soon

Tearooms and Hotels on the Cream Tea Challenge Route

These will be set until summer 2016.

1. The Old Walled Garden, Dunsford EX6 7AA

The Old Walled Garden is a small tearoom with a lovely walled garden in the centre of Dunsford that serves great value homemade cream teas, which can be enjoyed after a walk along the River Teign at Steps Bridge.

2. Woodleigh Coach House, Cheriton Bishop, Exeter EX6 6JL

Woodleigh Coach House is a Grade II listed building originally constructed by a London Brewer in the late 19th century. Located in the former stables of the Coach House, the cafe offers a warm and rustic feel with splendid views of the countryside.

3. The Old Forge, Chagford TQ13 8AB

This converted blacksmith’s forge in the centre of Chagford serves high quality local and homemade food and drink, including Devonshire Cream Teas served with loose-leaf tea which has been rated by independent cream tea reviewer Ditch Townsend as the best in Devon. We sell gift vouchers for a cream tea for two at The Old Forge.

4. Gidleigh Park, Chagford TQ13 8HH

On the banks of the River Teign in Dartmoor this luxury Tudor style country house hotel is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon tea or a Devonshire cream tea.

5. Bovey Castle, North Bovey TQ13 8RE

Bovey Castle is one of the UK’s finest hotels and offers visitors a chance to be treated like a king whilst enjoying a cream tea or a more extensive afternoon tea within its wonderful grounds.

6. The White Hart Hotel, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8NQ

A family-owned hotel in the centre of Moretonhampstead with a lovely restaurant that uses local produce and serves cream teas daily between 10-4. The White Hart is very dog friendly so pop in after a nice walk on the moors.

7. Home Farm Café, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9JQ

Surrounded by lots of nice walking routes along the River Bovey this dog friendly café is an ideal spot for dog walkers to enjoy a good value cream tea with warm homemade scones.

8. The Edgemoor Hotel, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9LE

A family-owned, dog friendly country house hotel en route to Haytor serving cream and afternoon teas in either the Old School Tea Rooms or outside in the attractive gardens.

9. Bagders Holt, Dartmeet PL20 6SG

Set at Dartmeet where the East and West River Dart merge, Bagders Holt is in a great location and offers wonderful walking along the river. Badgers Holt specialises in 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.

10. Prince Hall, Two Bridges, Dartmoor, Devon, PL20 6SA

Set high on Dartmoor the Prince Hall is a lovely setting overlooking the West River Dart. They serve delicious Devonshire cream tea featuring freshly-baked crumbly scones, locally-made strawberry preserve and Devon clotted cream.

11. Two Bridges Hotel, Princetown PL20 6SW

Two Bridges Hotel offer a fine dining experience in the middle of Dartmoor as well as serving cream teas daily either inside by the fire or outside in their private garden.

12. Tor Royal, Princetown PL20 6SL

afternoon tea dartmoorTor Royal is a homely bed and breakfast set in a Grade II-listed building in the middle of Dartmoor National Park. It sits in an unspoilt region of Dartmoor, where War Horse was filmed.Its restaurant offers quality local food and drink, including gluten free cream teas. We sell gift vouchers for an afternoon tea for two at the Tor Royal.

13. Fox Tor Café, Princetown PL20 6QS

A licensed café, popular with walkers passing through Princetown, Fox Tor Café sell local food and drink and serve great value meals.

14. The East Gate, Tavistock PL19 0BW

Located in Tavistock on the west side of the moors, the East Gate Café offers the chance to enjoy a Devon cream tea in their beautiful terrace garden overlooking the River Tavy. We sell Devonshire cream tea gift vouchers for The East Gate on Dartmoor.

15. Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6EY

The 700 year old abbey is now managed by the National Trust, it is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures such as the legendary Drake’s Drum. The onsite Ox Yard restaurant serves food that often is picked from the abbey's traditional walled Cider House kitchen garden.

16. Moorland Garden Hotel, Yelverton PL20 6DA

On the edge of Dartmoor, Moorland Garden Hotel boasts nine acres of beautiful moorland garden perfect for either a special afternoon tea or indulgent cream tea.

Home Farm Cafe March 16, 2015 13:07

Last week we visited Home Farm Cafe on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, near Bovey Tracey, to sample their cream teas after originally missing them from our '50 of the best cream teas in Devon' list. It was our mistake to miss them, the scones were homemade, warm, fresh and rather large! The cream tea cost £4.95 for a pot of tea for one, two scones, jam and clotted cream, which is good value.

The cafe is set in the Parke estate, which is now home to the Dartmoor National Park Authority.The River Bovey and Granite Railway pass through the estate which, along with the ample free parking, make it an excellent location for dog walking (see Home Farm Cafe's walking routes map). The cafe is dog friendly with lots of seating inside and outside (check out for more dog friendly cafes).

Home Farm Cafe sources almost all of its food locally, with the majority of it also being Organic and Fair Trade, and even the furniture is largely produced in Devon. On selected evenings the cafe field kitchen comes alive with their chef producing a three course menu containing produce that is often picked fresh that same day. 

40 of the best Afternoon Teas in Devon February 19, 2015 14:58 1 Comment

Afternoon Tea Devon

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Where better to indulge in an afternoon tea than Devon, with its beautiful countryside, glorious north and south Devon coastlines and historic cities of Exeter, Plymouth and Torquay.

Here we have listed Devonshire hotels offering quality afternoon teas and detailed the price, location, where offers vouchers and a bit about each hotel.

Jump to North Devon Afternoon Teas

Jump to Plymouth, Torbay and South Devon Afternoon Teas

Jump to Exeter and East Devon Afternoon Teas

Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers

Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers Devon

Mill End Hotel - Chagford, Dartmoor (30mins from Exeter)
Price: £20 PP 

A Dartmoor hotel on the banks of Devon's majestic River Teign, Mill End Hotel and Restaurant is your perfect Country House hideaway. Just outside the ancient moorland town of Chagford it's surrounded by miles of walking, fishing and breathtaking scenery.

The Orestone Manor Hotel - Torquay
Price: From £17.95 PP,

Afternoon Tea TorquayOrestone 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, Orestone Manor is the ideal place to enjoy an Afternoon Tea with spectacular sea views over Lyme Bay.

Watersmeet Hotel - Woolacombe, North Devon
Price: From £22.50 PP, 

Afternoon tea for two in North DevonThe Watersmeet Hotel is a luxury four-star hotel in Woolacombe with stunning sea views across the waters of Woolacombe Bay. The hotel overlooks Combesgate Beach and North Devon's rugged coastline with its own private steps down to the sandy beach. The award winning restaurant holds two-AA rosettes.

Dartmoor & West Devon Afternoon Teas

The Old Forge
Chagford, TQ13 8AB
Price: From £15.00 PP

Afternoon tea vouchers in devonThe Old Forge prides itself on the quality of its food, all home made and locally sourced wherever possible, helping it to achieve a 5 star TripAdvisor rating. Its afternoon tea includes a cream tea which is rated by independent reviewers as amongst the best in Devon! It was awarded the best afternoon tea in the UK at the Cafe Life Awards 2015 and was rated 1st of 250+ cream teas tasted by Independent Reviewer Ditch Townsend in 2015 leading the The Daily Telegraph to call it "Britain's best cream tea" (Sept 2015) and The Times to brand it "The cream of Devon teas" (Sept 2015).

Tor Royal
Princetown, PL20 6SL
Price: From £14.00 PP

Tor Royal is a homely bed and breakfast set in a Grade II-listed building in the middle of Dartmoor National Park. It sits in an unspoilt region of Dartmoor, where War Horse was filmed. Their High Tea consists of dainty sandwiches, scones and a selection of cakes and fancies.

Blagdon Manor
Ashwater, EX21 5DF
Price: From £18.50 PP

This independent Restaurant with Rooms is hidden away in a small village north of Ashwater with stunning views over the valley towards the magnificent expanse of Dartmoor. Afternoon Tea at Blagdon Manor is served from 3pm – 5pm (Thursday – Saturday) and includes a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, cakes and a Devonshire cream tea.

Bovey Castle
North Bovey, TQ13 8RE
Price: From £25.00 PP

Bovey Castle, set in Dartmoor National Park, was named as one of the top six places to have Afternoon Tea in the UK by Red Magazine. Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the dining room or on the terrace overlooking the gardens, including warm scones, delicate finger sandwiches, delicious homemade cakes and a selection of teas.

Edgemoor Hotel
Nr Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9LE
Price: From £? PP

A family-owned, dog friendly country house hotel in Dartmoor, South Devon. Built in the 1870s, and once Bovey Tracey Grammar School. The hotel has had a substantial tasteful renovation and now features a both traditional and contemporary style. Enjoy the delights of an Afternoon Tea in their Old School Tea Rooms or sit outside in the attractive gardens. A perfect stop off point on the way to Haytor.

Gidleigh Park
Chagford, TQ13 8HH
Price: From £30.00 PP

Gidleigh Park is a beautiful Tudor style country house hotel set in an idyllic location within Dartmoor National Park on the banks of the North Teign River. It is a perfect place to savour culinary delights prepared by award-winning, Executive Head Chef Michael Caines MBE, using the finest local produce. Afternoon Tea, served daily from 3.30pm - 5pm, has limited availability so booking is essential.

Hotel Endsleigh
Milton Abbot, PL19 0PQ
Price: From £19.00 PP

Designed by Jeffry Wyatville for the 6th Duke of Bedford in 1811, Hotel Endsleigh is a stunning Grade I historic house set in 108 acres of fairytale woodland and surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Afternoon Tea includes finger sandwiches, tea or coffee, freshly baked scones, clotted cream, jam and a selection of cakes.

Lewtrenchard Manor
Okehampton, EX20 4PN
Price: From £17.50 PP

Nestled in a secluded valley beneath Dartmoor’s wild tors, and virtually untouched by time, Lewtrenchard Manor is located in a magnificent setting. Steeped in history, this Jacobean manor dates back to the early 1600s and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Indulge in an Afternoon Tea for two at this true country house hotel for a delicious tea time treat to remember.

Mill End Hotel
Chagford, TQ13 8JN
Price: From £20 PP, 

A Dartmoor hotel on the banks of Devon's majestic River Teign, Mill End Hotel and Restaurant is your perfect Country House hideaway. Just outside the ancient moorland town of Chagford it's surrounded by miles of walking, fishing and breathtaking scenery.

Moorland Garden Hotel
Yelverton, PL20 6DA
Price: From £14.95 PP

Located in 'War Horse' country, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, just minutes away from Plymouth city centre, Tavistock and close to the border with Cornwall, Moorland Garden Hotel includes nine acres of stunning and tranquil moorland garden. Enjoy a special Afternoon Tea with a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, cakes and of course homemade scones with strawberry preserve and clotted cream, served with your choice of tea.


Exeter & East Devon Afternoon Teas

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Combe House Devon
Honiton, EX14 3AD
Price: From £24.50 PP

Combe House is a Grade 1 Elizabethan country manor , near Honiton, with stunning views, set in beautiful gardens & 3,500 acres of one of Devon’s finest estates. A premium Afternoon Tea made using the finest of local ingredients, including the fruit for their jams, all homegrown in the huge restored Victorian Kitchen Gardens.

Deer Park Country House Hotel
Honiton, EX14 3PG
Price: From £18.50 PP

Deer Park Country House Hotel is a 18th Century Georgian mansion with 80 acres of glorious grounds, a pretty Italian garden and a ridiculously tasty rosette winning restaurant is the ideal place to enjoy a full Afternoon Tea. Indulge in a sumptuous selection of freshly cut sandwiches, delicate pastries and delicious homemade scones with clotted cream and fruit compote.

Hotel Riviera
Sidmouth, EX10 8AY
Price: From £16.95 PP

Hotel Riviera, with its echoes of the South of France and prime position on the seafront, is the choice for the discerning in search of relaxation and quieter pleasures. It's elegant lounges and terrace offer a most relaxing way to enjoy Afternoon Tea which is served daily between 3.00pm and 5.30pm.

Magdalen Chapter
Exeter, EX2 4HY
Price: From £14.50 PP

The hotel in Exeter offers a wide range of locations to sit and enjoy a Cream Tea or full Afternoon Tea. Guests can take up residence in the Library which overlooks the beautiful gardens, the Lounge which has floor to ceiling windows making it a beautiful bright space, or on warmer days, guests can opt to have their Afternoon Tea in the The Garden.

Sidmouth Harbour Hotel
Sidmouth, EX10 8RU
Price: From £15.50 PP

The former Westcliff Hotel, now the Sidmouth Harbour Hotel, is a picture perfect retreat all year round. This charming Victorian hotel enjoys breath-taking panoramic views that take in the majestic red cliffs of Sidmouth, sparkling Lyme Bay and rolling green hills of the glorious Sid Valley. Full Afternoon Tea for two people can be enjoyed with beautiful views in the Harding's Restaurant.

Southernhay House Hotel
Exeter, EX1 1NX
Price: From £19.50 PP

A classic town house, in the heart of Exeter’s Georgian business quarter, Southernhay House has been lovingly restored to its original purpose as a social focal point. Groups of 6 or more people can book their Afternoon Tea party to enjoy a set Afternoon Tea from £19.50pp.

The Belmont Hotel
Sidmouth, EX10 8RX
Price: From £13.50 PP

Only yards from the beach and the Esplanade, The Belmont Hotel in Sidmouth maintains the standards of a bygone age at this gorgeous luxury hotel.

The Salty Monk
Sidmouth, EX10 9QP
Price: From £15.00 PP

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 has a large selection of loose leaf teas and the scones and preserves are made on the premises, with the clotted cream coming from the nearby Yarty Valley.

The Victoria Hotel
Sidmouth, EX10 8RY
Price: From £14.95 PP

Located in the picturesque Regency town of Sidmouth, this 4 star hotel offers outstanding views of Lyme Bay. Enjoy an Afternoon Tea from their sun lounge with huge bay windows looking out on Sidmouth’s Esplanade.

Torbay, Plymouth and South Devon Afternoon Teas

The Orestone Manor Hotel
Torquay, TQ1 4SX
Price: From £14.95 PP,

Afternoon Tea TorquayOrestone 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, Orestone Manor is the ideal place to enjoy an Afternoon Tea with spectacular sea views over Lyme Bay.

Boringdon Hall Hotel
Plymouth, PL7 4DP
Price: From £15.00 PP

Boringdon Hall Hotel is a seductive manor house hotel on the edge of Dartmoor where luxury and style come together with the drama of Elizabethan architecture. It offers a number of Afternoon Tea options including a Cream Tea with homemade scones.

Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel
Kingsbridge, TQ7 2DS
Price: From £20.00 PP

Buckland Tout-Saints luxury country house hotel is situated in Kingsbridge in the stunning Devon South Hams, surrounded by 4½ acres of beautifully tended gardens and woodland. Enjoy the grand British tradition of a full Afternoon Tea including a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones, cakes and fancies, accompanied by fine teas.

Kitley House Hotel
Yealmpton, PL8 2NW
Price: From £12.50 PP

The 500 year old country house is set in the heart of the South Devon countryside, positioned in 600 acres of unspoilt pasture and woodland. Afternoon Teas can be enjoyed in the restaurant, or if the weather is good on the terrace with views of the estate.

Salcombe Harbour Hotel
Salcombe, TQ8 8JH
Price: From £15.50 PP

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.

South Sands Hotel
Salcombe, TQ8 8LJ
Price: From £14.75 PP

A fantastic, contemporary boutique hotel on the beach in South Sands bay, just outside Salcombe, South Devon. Enjoy an Afternoon Tea stand for 2, including selection of delicate finger sandwiches, cakes and of course a Devonshire cream tea.

The Grand Hotel
Torquay, TQ2 6NT
Price: From £12.95 PP

The 4* Grand Hotel Torquay with it’s striking Victorian architecture, elegant interiors, seafront location & AA rosette fine dining has earned it pride of place as Torquay’s landmark hotel for over 130 years. The hotel offers cream teas, high Afternoon Tea, dip and dine Afternoon Tea and group discount for Champange Afternoon Tea.

The Langdon Court Hotel
Plymouth, PL9 ODY
Price: From £16.00 PP

Langdon Court is a stunning 16th Century Manor House nestled in one of the most beautiful locations in the renowned South Hams countryside. Enjoy a freshly prepared traditional High Tea in etiher the 2 AA Rosette Award restaurant or on the terrace overlooking the fabulous gardens.

Thurlestone Hotel
Kingsbridge, TQ7 3NN
Price: From £? PP

The Thurlestone Hotel, near Salcombe, is a luxury four star hotel with stunning coastal views in South Devon, set in 19 acres of gardens just five minutes walk from sandy beaches. From the Lounge you can enjoy a full Afternoon Tea with a selection of classic sandwiches, freshly baked scones, West Country clotted cream, strawberry preserve, homemade cakes and pastries, served with your choice of tea or coffee.

Weavers' Cottage Tea Shoppe
Cockington, TQ2 6XA
Price: From £? PP

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 deep in the heart of the historic village of Cockington.

North Devon Afternoon Teas

Broomhill Art Hotel
Barnstaple, EX31 4EX
Price: From £11.50 PP

Broomhill is positioned in a glorious valley in North Devon, surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodland. Indulge yourself with Broomhill's High Tea treat which serves up a range of delicious homemade cakes, tarts, scones with cream & jam and light snacks.

Cheristow Lavender
Hartlands, EX39 6DA
Price: From £16.00 PP (groups of 4+)

Cheristow Lavender offers a rather unusual cream tea experience – its scones contain lavender! Their family run tearoom specialises in organic, homegrown and local food. The 100 acre farm is run in a traditional manner, using minimal inputs and encouraging wild life. To book an Afternoon Tea here you need a group of at least 4 people.

Fox and Hounds Country Hotel
Chumleigh, EX18 7JZ
Price: From £12.50 PP (summer only)

The hotel prides itself on friendliness and welcoming service. Their award winning kitchen, with one rosette sources the entire menu locally. Afternoon Tea, only served in the summer, includes their large homemade scones.

Highbullen Hotel
Umberleigh, EX37 9HD
Price: From £14.95 PP

Set in a 125 acre estate in the heart of North Devon, with far reaching views down the Mole Valley and across to Exmoor, the Highbullen Hotel is a lovely Afternoon Tea location. Enjoy Afternoon Tea in The Morning Room, The Drawing Room, The Glassed Terrace of the Drawing Room, The Cellars Restaurant, Terrace and Bar or of course the lawns in front of the Manor House.

Saunton Sands Hotel
Saunton, EX33 1LQ
Price: From £17.95 PP

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. Their Afternoon Tea includes a choice of teas, a selection of sandwiches (think classics such as smoked salmon, cucumber, ham and cheddar), scones (plus jam and buttery clotted cream of course) and pastries.

The Imperial Hotel
Barnstaple, EX32 8NB
Price: From £15.50 PP

The only 4 star luxury hotel in Barnstaple, the Imperial Hotel is located in the heart of the town yet it has all the tranquillity and warmth of an elegant country house set beside the River Taw. The traditional Afternoon Tea is served in the warm and cosy Terrace Lounge.

Watersmeet Hotel
Woolacombe, EX34 7EB
Price: From £16.00 PP

Watersmeet Hotel is set on one of the finest coastal locations in the whole of the West Country, above a quiet, sandy beach, in the timeless village of Mortehoe, on Devon’s rugged North Atlantic coast. Dependent on the time of year you can enjoy your tea either on their sun trap of a terrace, the lawn or in the comfy lounge.

Our Afternoon tea hampers are sent by post and can be enjoyed from home which makes for a lovely gift for friends and family.

See also - Our guide to 50 of the best cream teas in Devon.

Langage Farm February 09, 2015 11:40

Last week I visited Langage Farm, near Plymouth, to learn all about their cream and how they produce it. I was really impressed with how green, committed to quality and friendly they were.

Langage Farm generate their own power in an anaerobic digester facility which creates energy from the waste of local businesses. They’re the first UK Carbon Neutral Dairy with an anaerobic digester facility generating electricity from food waste. Enough power is generated to supply over 500 Households, 25,000 Light bulbs or 5,000 Laptops.

I didn’t need much persuading to try their various ice cream flavours! They were all delicious but I think my favourites are honeycomb and cookies & cream.

Freezing and re-heating scones February 07, 2015 17:28 2 Comments

Can you freeze scones?

Yes, scones freeze well.

Let them cool before freezing.

Place in a re-sealable bag or airtight container to protect from freezer burn (a sheet of waxed or parchment paper between them isn’t a bad idea to keep them from sticking to one another).

Use them within 3 months.

Leave to defrost in packaging at room temperature for 2-3 hours before serving.

What’s the best way to re-heat scones?

If you want to eat them warm place in an oven preheated to 150c/300F for 5 to 10 minutes.

You can also reheat them in a microwave if you prefer. Once defrosted put them in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds on high.

See also: How to make the perfect Devonshire scone

Devonshire cream teas fuel marathon! January 10, 2015 20:55

The Tarawera Trail Marathon in New Zealand is 50k across forests, mountains, lakes and waterfalls. It's a serious race that attracts some of the world's best runners and in 2015 the race will include a re-fuelling station offering Devonshire cream teas to athletes. The cream teas will be severed in the local landmark of Buried Village, where the original village was destroyed by mud from the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption.

Clearly the organisers have good taste!

Check out their website if you fancy popping over to New Zealand for a Devonshire cream tea and 50k jog:

50 Of The Best Cream Teas In Devon January 01, 2015 19:30 2 Comments

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The Best Cream Teas in Devon by Region

Exeter and East Devon Cream Teas 

Torbay, Plymouth and South Devon Cream Teas

Cream Tea Vouchers

We hope you find this guide to some of the best cream teas in Devon 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

1 - Nelly May’s Parlour, Ilfracombe

Cream Tea North DevonNelly May’s is a new tearoom opened July 15 serving cream teas daily to Ilfracombe and North Devon. They’re fast building a reputation for a great cream tea and were recently rated by independent cream tea review Ditch Townsend as one of the best cream teas of the 200 he’s tasted in Devon this year.

 2 - Cheristow Lavender, Hartland

Lavendar Cream Tea North DevonCheristow Lavender is a traditionally run low impact beef farm with a small tearoom specialising in wholesome, organic, homemade fayre. The delicious scones have a hint of lavender. The tearooms are open Wednesday to Saturday from 12 until 5pm from March to October. There are informal gardens which you can enjoy free of charge. Get 10% Off a cream tea for two when you quote 'Devon Heaven Hampers' (valid during 2016).

3 - Docton Mill & Gardens, Hartland

Docton Mill Cream TeaWith 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.

 4 - Hartland Abbey & Gardens, Hartland

Hartland Abbey North DevonOpen 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. 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.

5 - Hele Corn Mill and Tea Room, Ilfracombe

Hele Corn Mill and Tea Room IlfracombeLocated just 300m from stunning Hele Bay beach, Hele Corn Mill dates from 1525 and is a unique working watermill. Homemade cream teas come 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!

6 - Orford Mill, Torrington

Orford Mill Cottages Torrington DevonOrford Mill is located on the banks of the River Torridge in a beautiful wooded valley just a mile outside the historic town of Great Torrington, near the Tarka Trail cycle route. Their cream teas were voted best in North Devon in a poll.

7 - Saunton Sands, Saunton

Saunton Sands HotelThis 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 their Devon cream teas or range of afternoon teas from the lounge or on the terrace with beautiful views of the North Devon coast.

9 - Tea on the Green, Westward Ho

Tea on the green Westward HoThe Tea on the Green at Westward Ho is unique in that its cream teas are named after famous movie stars… The Hepburn, The Grant and The Taylor! The Café is highly rated on Trip Advisor, # 2 of 21 in Westward Ho.


10 - The Commodore Hotel, Instow

Commodore Hotel InstowThe Commodore Hotel has stunning views of Instow beach, the River Torridge, Appledore, the Estuary and beyond. It's award winning traditional Devon cream tea comes with a generous portion.

11 - The Corn Dolly, South Molton

The Corn Dolly South MoltonThe 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.

12 - The Thatch, Croyde

The Thatch CroydeThe Thatched Barn Inn is a beautiful, 16th Century thatched Free House in Croyde, North Devon using locally sourced products and ingredients from across Devon and Exmoor, wherever possible. highlighted them as one of the best cream teas in North Devon.

13 - The Watersmeet Hotel, Woolacombe

Watersmeet HotelThe 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.

14 - Ye Olde Manor Buttery, Ilfracombe

Ye Olde Manor Buttery IlfracombeSet 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

8 - Seaton Tramway Café, Colyton Station, Cownhayne Lane, Kingsdon, Colyton, East Devon, EX24 6HA

Seaton Tramway Cream TeaSeaton 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 at £4.95 for a full cream tea with two scones.

15 - Bickleigh Mill, Bickleigh

Bickleigh MillOne of Devon's largest and most exciting rural shopping, eating and recreation destinations housed within this 18th century historic working water Mill.

16 - Combe House Devon, Honiton

Combe House DevonCombe House is a Grade 1 Elizabethan country manor , near Honiton, with stunning views, set in beautiful gardens & 3,500 acres of one of Devon’s finest estates. A premium Afternoon Tea made using the finest of local ingredients, including the fruit for their jams, all home-grown in the huge restored Victorian Kitchen Gardens.

17 - Darts Farm, Topsham

Darts Farm TopshamThe Farm Shop is a hub of all things locally grown, reared, baked or caught. Its still a working farm, selling its home-grown produce directly through the farm shop. The restaurant is always popular and offers a good value cream tea.

18 - Edgemoor, Nr Bovey Tracey

Edgemoor Hotel Bovey TraceyA family-owned, dog friendly country house hotel in Dartmoor, South Devon. Built in the 1870s, and once Bovey Tracey Grammar School. The hotel has had a substantial tasteful renovation and now features a both traditional and contemporary style. Enjoy the delights of a Devon cream tea in their Old School Tea Rooms or sit outside in the attractive gardens. A perfect stop off point on the way to Haytor.

19 - Escot Park, Ottery St Mary

Escot Park OtterySet in 220 acres of stunning private parkland you can enjoy a cream tea alongside woodland walks, tackling their maze and getting close to lots of farmyard animals, including a falconry display and a walk-through Red Squirrel encounter. Delicious gluten free scones are also usually available.

20 - Fursdon House, Cadbury

Fursdon House CadburyHome of the Fursdon family who have lived here for more than 750 years, Fursdon House is a country estate in fabulous countryside only half an hour from Exeter. The Coach Hall tea room is only open on certain days through the year when the house and gardens are open too. On colder days there’ll be a log fire burning in the Coach Hall and if the sun is shining you can sit outside in the cobbled courtyard and enjoy amazing views across the Exe valley. All their scones and cakes are freshly made onsite.

21 - Royal Oak Farm, Honiton

best cream tea honitonThe Royal Oak Farm have a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and their cream teas are award winning with most recent award from “This England Magazine”. Their cream teas come with two freshly baked scones, local clotted cream, a pot of tea and homemade jam produced from strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants grown on-site. Enjoy a cream tea in front of the log fire in the olde worlds tea rooms during winter or in the pleasant gardens and marquee in summer months. Reservations are recommended.

22 - Otterton Mill, Otterton

Otterton Mill Cream TeaOtterton Mill has an award winning café, bakery and food shop at the mill, and also offers cookery and bakery courses. They produce fine organic scones in the ancient mill. The mill overlooks the River Otter, which can be followed for a lovely walk to the coastal town of Budleigh Salterton.

23 - Pecorama, Beer

Pecorama Devon Cream TeaPecorama, 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. They are served in their wonderful Garden Room Restaurant with stunning views over Lyme Bay.



25 - Real Food Store, Exeter

Real Food Store ExeterThe Real Food Store is Exeter’s first community owned food business, offering local, fresh and seasonal food and drink, at an honest price. What's more the cafe upstairs serves delicious cream teas, with scones made on the premises.

26 - Route 2 Café Bar, Topsham

Route 2 Cafe Bar TopshamThis cycle themed cafe is situated on the National Cycle Route 2 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.

27 - Southern Cross, Newton Poppleford

Southern Cross Devon Cream TeaThe Southern Cross Guest House & Tea Rooms in Newton Poppleford, nr Sidmouth, serves traditional Devonshire cream teas in it's historic 18th century thatched cottage. rated them as one of the Top 10 places for cream teas in Devon and Cornwall.

28 - The Bark House, Tiverton

The Bark House TivertonDelicious cream teas served most days (when sign is outside) to passing travellers, with home made scones, their own strawberry jam and clotted cream from Westons Farm, Bampton. Going to or from Exmoor on the A396 the Bark House is an ideal place for morning coffee or a cream tea.

29 - The Greyhound Inn , Fenny Bridge

Greyhound Inn Cream TeaThe Greyhound Country Inn is a country pub & restaurant oozing rural charm and rustic character. The family run Devonshire thatched Inn, offers home-made cream teas with Devon clotted cream & home made jam. Served by a real log fire in the winter or the large garden in the summer.

30 - The Old Forge Caffe and Restaurant, Chagford

A beautiful converted blacksmith’s forge in the heart of Chagford serving the highest quality local and homemade food and drink. Rated by independent cream tea reviewer Ditch Townsend as the best of the 150+ cream tea's tasted this year!.

31 - The Old Walled Garden Tea Rooms, Dunsford

The Old Walled Garden Tea Room DunsfordThe 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.

32 - The Salty Monk, Sidford

Salty Monk SidfordOriginally 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.

33 - At The Terrace Café, the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey

The Terrace Cafe Bovey TraceyA popular venue for walkers, tourists and craft lovers on the edge of Dartmoor, The Terrace serves up cream teas, with freshly baked scones and locally sourced jam and cream - as handmade as the craft in their gallery and shop. Eat inside overlooking the river or on our rooftop terrace overlooking the town and hills beyond.

Torbay, Plymouth and South Devon Cream Teas

24 - East Gate Cafe & Brasserie, Tavistock
Buy cream tea gift vouchers for the East Gate here

cream tea dartmoorEastgate 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.

34 - Angels Tea Rooms, Babbacombe

Angels Tea Room BabbacombeAngels is a wonderful little surprise. This tea room and daytime restaurant bustles from the moment the doors are open. They offer lots of cream tea variations that come highly recommended on Trip Advisor.

35 - Avon Mill, Kingsbridge

Avon Mill KingsbridgeSet in the grounds of a former mill, on the banks of the River Avon near Kingsbridge, it makes for a perfect day out. The bustling licensed café is popular for brunch, lunch and traditional Devon cream tea.

36 - Badgors Holt, Dartmeet

Badgers Holt Dartmoor DartmeetOnce 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.

37 - Boringdon Hall, Plympton

Boringdon Hall PlymptonBoringdon 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 afternoon tea options including a cream tea with Homemade scones.

38 - Orestone Manor, Torquay

Afternoon tea torquay vouchersOrestone 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, Orestone Manor is the ideal place to enjoy an Cream Tea with spectacular sea views over Lyme Bay.

39 - Tor Royal, Princetown

Dartmoor cream teaThe Tor Royal is a beautiful Grade II-listed building located on the edge of Princetown in the same unspoilt region of Dartmoor that was chosen as the location to film War Horse. The Tor Royal currently enjoys a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor.

40 - Kitley House Hotel, Yealmpton

Hitley House HotelThe 500 year old country house is set in the heart of the South Devon countryside, positioned in 600 acres of unspoilt pasture and woodland. With a range of South Devon cream teas including the Kitley Experience “The Kitley Vintage Cream Tea”. They can be enjoyed in the restaurant, or if the weather is good on the terrace with views of the estate.

41 - Living Coasts Cafe, Torquay

Living Coasts Cafe TorquayLiving Coasts is a great place to visit, where you can get up close and personal to the playful penguins. The restaurant sources food and drink locally and you can enjoy a cream tea on the sun terrace with stunning views over the harbour.

42 - Occombe Farm, Paignton

Occombe Farm PaigntonOccombe 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. They try to source as much of the menu as possible from Occombe Farm itself.

43 - One World Cafe & Bistro, Torquay

One World Cafe and Bistro TorquaySet in Torre Abbey Gardens in the heart of The English Riviera is One World Cafe & Bistro. The Café offers fresh homemade food and uses lots of fairtrade products. It boasts colourful eating areas both inside and outside and is dog friendly.

44 - Red Earth Deli & Café, Kingsbridge

Red Earth Deli and Cafe KingsbridgeRed Earth Deli & Café sell fresh local produce throughout the deli and cafe and have a wide selection of products, gifts and hampers for all occasions. They're based in the centre of Kingsbridge, South Devon, welcome dogs and have a gluten free menu.

45 - Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Salcombe

Salcombe Harbour HotelThe 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.

46 - The Guardhouse Café, Brixham

The Guardhouse Cafe BrixhamThe 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.

47 - The Singing Kettle Tea Room, Torquay

Singing Kettle Tea Room Cream TeaThe Singing Kettle Tea Room is a small family run establishment serving homemade scones, cakes, cookies, soups and sandwiches including gluten free varieties. They use local produce and fairtrade products where possible. They're only a couple of minutes away from the seafront and welcome dogs.

48 - Tudor Rose Tea Room, Plymouth

Tudor Rose Cream Tea PlymouthThe 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.

49 - Vintage Tea, Totnes

Vintage Tea TotnesDiscover Vintage Tea in the heart of Totnes town centre and escape the mayhem of the modern day coffee shop. The award winning Tea Room freshly bakes all scones and serves them with Devonshire cream and homemade preserve.

50 - Weavers' Cottage Tea Shoppe, Cockington

Weavers Cottage Tea Room CockingtonWeavers 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.

Afternoon Tea in DevonSee our Devon Afternoon Tea page for more on hotels that serve Afternoon Tea in Devon.



Devon vs Cornwall Cream Teas January 01, 2015 17:28 27 Comments

Devon vs Cornwall Cream Tea Differences

Devonshire cream teas have been made with cream on the bottom and jam on top ever since their origin in Tavistock Abbey in Devon, where the tradition of eating bread with cream and jam began in the 11th century. This origin of the Cream Tea is disputed by the Cornish who believe the only way to serve a cream tea is with the cream on top.

Historically, there have been more variations between Cornish and Devon cream teas than just whether jam or cream is placed on top. In Cornwall, the cream tea was traditionally served with a "Cornish split", a type of slightly sweet white bread roll, rather than a scone. But nowadays the scones and clotted cream used throughout tearooms in both counties is very similar and therefore the main difference is how you choose to have it.

Devon vs Cornwall cream teas arguments for both -

For Devonshire cream teas:

  • Cream is like the butter, you wouldn’t put butter on jam.
  • It originates from when jam was expensive so you’d just have a bit to put on top.
  • You can get more cream on if you load it first!
  • It stops you getting cream on your nose. :) (jam on cream lays flatter???).
  • If you’re sharing a cream tea with a Cornishman (although unlikely!) you get first dibs on the cream.

For Cornish Cream Teas:

  • It’s easier to spread.
  • You can taste the cream better on top!
  • You wouldn’t put cream on the bottom of a fruit salad.

Personally, I think the great thing about cream teas is that almost everywhere gives you the choice so it shouldn’t be a Devon vs Cornwall debate but the focus should be on fresh locally produced ingredients, and definitely no whipped cream!

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See Also:

How to make the perfect Devonshire scone

Rodda's recipe for Cornish Splits

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