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Taste of the West 2017 Gold Award for Online Retailer July 14, 2017 09:50

We’re very proud to announce that Devon Heaven has recently (it was actually a few month ago but we’ve only just decided to write about it) been awarded a 2017 Gold Taste of the West Award! We were entered in the Online Retailer category alongside other local food and drink retailers that mainly trade online.

About Taste of the West

Taste of the West are the largest independent regional food group in the UK supporting fantastic local food and drink producers / retailers from the region (that’s Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire). They run an annual awards scheme to ensure high standards are maintained awarding members with Gold, Silver and Highly Commended (formally Bronze) awards.

What were they judging?

For the online retailer category it mostly comes down to two things; the website and the product/delivery of it. For the website they’re evaluating things like the usability, attractiveness, speed, security of checkout and accuracy of the information of displayed. For the product part they ordered a hamper of their choice for a particular delivery date. The hamper they chose was our Gourmet Devon Food Hamper.

Gourmet Devon Food Hamper

What the judge said about Devon Heaven?

The Taste of the West deemed the site to be attractive and very easy to navigate with a clear and easy checkout process. Our Gourmet Devon Food Hamper was judged to consist of some of the best food in Devon and offer excellent value for money. They were also particularly impressed with the packaging. The judge really loved our chocolate truffles and went on to order a cream tea hamper with extra truffles for his mum on Mothers Day.

Devon Heaven Taste of the West Gold Award 2017


Father’s Day 2017 in Devon: Gift Ideas and Free Events May 06, 2017 20:48

We’ve listed some Devon-themed Father’s Day gifts and ideas for things to do in Devon this Father’s Day; a number of local attractions have special events where dads go free.

When is Father’s Day 2017?

Sunday 18th June 2017 (always the third Sunday in June).

Devonshire Father’s Day Gifts

Cider Hampers

Devon cider is produced using traditional methods with a higher percentage of true cider apples which are richer in tannins and sharper in flavour giving a high quality product that tastes amazing.

Cream Tea Hampers

Our cream tea hampers are perfect for dads with a sweet tooth. They contain award-winning local products, have over 100 5 star reviews and come with free next day delivery which can be selected for Friday 16th June.

Devon Food Hampers

Our Devon food hampers are packed with award-winning local food and drink, produced on a small-scale using high quality ingredients, such as Georgie Porgie Puddings, Teoni’s Cookies, Willies Cacao and delicious Devon fudge.

Vouchers for Afternoon Tea in Devon

Buy a voucher to take dad for afternoon tea at the Old Forge in Chagford (winner of ‘Best Afternoon Tea in Britain’ at the Café Life Awards) or to the Orestone Manor near Torquay with it spectacular views over the South Devon coast and 2 AA rosettes for dining.

Events & Attractions in Devon Offering Free Father’s Day Entry for Dads

Father’s Day Welly Wanging at World of Country Life, Exmouth - To celebrate dad’s special day, all dads and granddads get free entry to the park as well as free entry into the Welly Wanging competition – with great prizes up for grabs for the winner! There are all the usual daily activities as well, including goat walking, animal handling, bottle feeding, Lamb Racing or Ferret Racing (depending on the weather!), the Hawkridge Birds of Prey flying display and the Deer Train Safari. https://www.worldofcountrylife.co.uk/event/fathers-day-welly-wanging/

Father's Day Special at Seaton Tramway - Dads travel free with their family. Make Dad’s day extra special and treat him to a delicious roast Sunday lunch or a scrumptious Devon cream tea at the Tramstop Cafe. http://www.tram.co.uk/events/detail/fathers-day

Dads Go Free on Father's Day at Becky Falls. Make Father's Day truly special this year with a visit to Devon's Top Beauty Spot where dads visiting on Father's Day will visit for free when accompanied by a full-paying child. There is a choice of three stunning walks, a petting zoo, children's activities with free prizes, hands-on animal feeding, animal shows and adorable meerkats and it's all included in the entry price. http://www.beckyfalls.com/ (their Facebook page also has some information on the Mother's Day event).

Father’s Day At The BiG Sheep  - Free Entry to the BIG Sheep for all Dads when accompanied by a full paying child – download a voucher from the link below. Dads can enjoy a refreshing pint of real ale from the BIG Sheep brewery over lunch and then an afternoon of whizzing down the slides and monkeying around on the gladiator rings. http://www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events/details/fathers-day-2

Father’s Day at Powderham Castle, Kenton – Dads are invited to visit for FREE when accompanied by a paying child. Enjoy fun, outdoor games from cricket and croquet to wacky races and making daddy a mummy! http://www.powderham.co.uk/events/fathers-day-0


2016 Christmas Markets and Events in Devon October 01, 2016 11:04 4 Comments

Devon is bursting with Christmas events and activities, from meeting Santa, Christmas shopping or watching the magic of a Christmas light switch on. There is plenty going on in Devon to entertain the whole family. Christmas markets and late night shopping where you can enjoy an assortment of craft stalls, local food and drink and entertainment are becoming more and more popular each year. It shouldn’t be hard to find a Christmas market nearby and its bound to get you in the festive mood.

Christmas markets in Devon 2015

If you want some Christmas fun, ideas for things to do with the whole family or inspiration on the best markets or last minute shopping locations, we’ve listed all the events taking place throughout Christmas 2016 in Devon. As we find out about more Christmas markets and events during the season, we’ll add to this list so please contact us if you’d like your event to be included.

And if you’re looking to send a loved one a true taste of Devon this year, don’t forget our delicious Christmas Devon food hampers

2016 Christmas lights switch on throughout Devon

Torquay Christmas lights have been cancelled this year - the Winter carnival on 19 Nov is still going ahead
17 November - Plymouth Christmas lights switch-on (usually takes place on the Piazza from 4pm)
17 November – Exeter Christmas lights switch-on (4pm - 8pm Princesshay)
2 December - 4.30pm – 6.00pm - Dawlish Christmas Lights Switch on
3 December - 3pm - 6pm - Bovey Tracey’s Christmas Lights Switch on

2016 Christmas markets, food and craft fairs in Devon

  • 3 November - Powderham Michaelmas Fair - Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter 10am-3pm
  • 5 November – Tavistock Warm up to Christmas market – Tavistock Town Hall 10am-4pm
  • 13 November - Grosvenor Christmas Craft Fair - Grosvenor Hotel, Torquay 11am-4pm
  • 18/19 November - Hannahs Christmas Fayre – Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot
  • 19 November to 18 December – Exeter Christmas Market - Cathedral Green, Exeter (it is going ahead as normal despite the Royal Clarence Hotel fire)
Christmas Food Hampers From Devon
  • 19 November 10am-4pm - Totnes Christmas Market 2016 - Totnes Civic Hall, Market Square, High Street, TQ9 5SG
  • 25 November - Dickensian Evening, Tavistock
  • 26 & 27 November - Saltram Christmas Festival (Craft), Saltram Estate 10am-4pm
  • 26 Nov to 21 Dec - Exeter Christmas Market in Fore Street (26 November and 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 20 & 21 December)
  • 1 to 18 December – Plymouth Christmas Market City Centre
  • 1 to 21 December - Exeter Christmas Market in Castle Street (1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21 December)
  • 2 December 5-8pm - Sidmouth Shopping Evening and Christmas Fayre
  • 2 to 4 December - Dawlish Christmas Lights Switch on (Fri), Family Day (Sat) and Christmas Market (Sun) - see comments below for more info
  • 3 December - Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas
  • 3 December 11am-4pm - A Dickens Of A Christmas Fair, Sherwell Valley Primary School Grounds, Hawkins Avenue, Torquay
  • 3 December - 3pm - 6pm - Bovey Tracey’s Christmas Lights Switch on and Street Fayre - see comments below for more info
  • 7 December - St Marychurch Christmas Street Party (Midday until 7.30pm, St Marychruch Precinct)
  • 10 & 11 December - Christmas Market at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, West Devon
  • 18 December 10am-1pm - Crediton Christmas Farmers Market -The Square, Crediton

Devon Themed Gift Ideas For Christmas

Other Christmas events in Devon during winter 2016

Santa Grotto's In Devon

Late night shopping in Devon this season

Totnes late night shopping – Tuesday evenings until 9.30pm on 6, 13 & 20 December
Exeter late night shopping – Every Thursday evening from 24 November
Plymouth late night shopping - Every Thursday evening
Trago Mills Newton Abbot - Every Thursday until 8pm

Christmas Food Hampers From Devon

Christmas Events from last year that we can't find any details on and may not be on this year:

  • Plymouth Outside Ice Rink
  • Christmas Market at Royal William Yard, Plymouth
  • Teignmouth Christmas Market - Richard Newton Hall, Teignmouth
  • RHS Rosemoor Christmas Food Fair
  • RHS Rosemoor Christmas Craft and Design Fair

Holiday Home Hampers July 18, 2016 10:38

With two national parks and two spectacular coastlines Devon has plenty to offer visitors to the area. Whether your holiday home is a quaint seaside cottage or a wooden lodge set in a holiday park, we can provide hampers to delight your guests upon arrival and provide them with their first taste of the West Country.

Why offer guests a hamper?

Providing guests with a hamper only adds a small cost to letting out a holiday home, but is a thoughtful touch that can make a big difference to the welcome visitors receive. It starts their holiday on the right note and goes a long way to encouraging them to stay again.

Devon Corporate Hampers For ChristmasCompany Hampers From Devon

Types of holiday home hampers

For many tourists visiting the region, the local food is as much of a draw as the beautiful coastline and countryside on offer in the county. All our hampers are packed with food and drink sourced from within Devon, which is clearly important to guests who want to experience something unique to this part of the country. Often holiday home owners will have a clear idea of the types of products that they would like to include in a hamper, and we are more than happy to customise them. Simply let us know what is required and we can provide a quote. Food than doesn’t need refrigeration and has a reasonable shelf life is usually the best choice. Local wine, cider, real ales, tea, coffee, biscuits, crisps, popcorn, jam, chutney etc. are popular products to go into holiday home hampers.

How to arrange delivery for guests’ arrival

The best way to arrange this is usually for us to send the hampers to whoever manages the changeover so that the hamper can be left at the accommodation at the same time that its cleaned. To save on delivery costs, it might be best for multiple hampers to be sent to the management company at a time.

Holiday home hamper discount

We can offer hamper discount in recognition of the regular business for anyone wanting us to supply their holiday home. The exact amount will depend on how we arrange the delivery and the items to be included in the hamper.

Gift Card Messages

We can include customised gift cards with hampers showing a picture of the local area or our standard Devon Heaven Hampers gift card showing rolling hills on the edge of Dartmoor.

Contact

Please contact us to discuss your requirements and to receive a quote.

Contact Details


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.

Why's Devon Cider Special & Who Produces It? April 28, 2016 09:59 1 Comment

We’ve recently obtained an alcohol license in preparation for stocking cider hampers, as well as including local real ales and wines within our Devon food hampers and afternoon teas. We have spent a lot of time researching Devon based cider producers and brands so that we can include the very best in our hampers. It therefore made sense to write this blog detailing Devon cider brands, along with a bit about why the region is a prominent cider producer.

For more about cider production and how to appreciate and identify high-quality cider see our Interview with 'real' cider expert Jim Callender.

Cider Orchard Devon

What’s special about Devon / West Country cider?

In the UK there are two traditional ways to make cider - the West Country way and the eastern Kent and East Anglia way. The West Country tradition involves using a much higher percentage of true cider apples which are richer in tannins and sharper in flavour. Devon has near perfect conditions for apple-growing and as a result has many farms with an abundance of ancient varieties of specialist cider-apples. Production within Devon is often on a very small scale so comes with a handmade touch and attention to detail not always seen on bigger operations. These traditional methods involve nearly 100% juice, unlike mass-produced methods. Cloudy, unfiltered ciders made in Devon and also the West Country as a whole are often called "scrumpy".

Cider Producers in Devon

Sandford Orchards
Crediton, Devon
http://www.sandfordorchards.co.uk/

Sandford Orchards is a traditional farm business, pressing juices and ciders. They offer a tour & tasting evening at The Cider Works, which includes a homemade meal and cheese board with a talk on how cider pairs with different cheeses. Their cider range includes still, sparkling, fruit ciders and Devon Scrumpy.

Hunt’s Cider
Stoke Gabriel, near Totnes
http://www.huntscider.co.uk/

Based on a 400 acre farm stocking cattle and sheep, as well as growing barley, Hunt’s Cider is produced from 18 acres of cider apple orchards. They make in the region of 5000 - 7000 gallons of cider each year predominantly from their own apples and sell directly from the farm gate. The apples are mostly Devonshire varieties such as Brown's apple, Sweet Alford and Tremletts Bitter.

Luscombe Organic Drinks
Buckfastleigh, South Devon
http://www.luscombe.co.uk/

Based on a farm in deepest South Devon, Luscombe have been making organic drinks crafted with exceptional care since 1975. Better known for producing juice and soft drinks than cider, they use Devon apples including Tail Sweet, Sugar Bush, Devon Crimson and Slack-Ma-Girdle to produce medium dry cider.

Herron Valley Drinks
Kingsbridge, South Devon
http://www.heronvalley.co.uk/

As well as cider, Herron Valley produces juices, soft drinks and cider vinegar from their farm in the South Hams. They also have a travelling bar available for events in and around South Devon. Their still and sparkling cider is made from proper Devon apples and is either bottled or bagged.

Sam’s Cider
Winkleigh, Central Devon
http://www.winkleighcider.co.uk/

The site where Sam’s cider is produced has been a home to cider makers for over 100 years. The original business grew with its brands becoming household names until it was sold to Bulmer’s in 1996. One of the cider makers then decided to form The Winkleigh Cider Company and started producing Sam’s Cider on the site. They now have a range to suit everyone with dry, medium, sweet, sparkling and fruit ciders.

Yarde Cider
Stoke Gabriel, South Devon
http://www.yardecider.co.uk/

Yarde Cider are a small family business based in the picturesque village of Stoke Gabriel on the edge of the River Dart. They produce real cider and juices from apples hand picked in local orchards. Their craft apple ciders come dry, sweet or medium.

Ashridge Cider
Staverton, near Totnes
http://www.ashridgecider.co.uk/

Ashridge Cider make their signature sparkling ciders using the traditional champagne method. It’s a high quality, award winning sparkling cider. They also now produce some bottled organic vintage ciders made from 100% apple juice, using up to fifteen different varieties of bittersweet and bittersharp cider apples.

Sampford Courtenay Cider & English Wine Company
Sampford Courtenay, Central Devon
http://www.devoncider.com/

Sampford Courtenay’s cider is made entirely form the apples grown on their farm. They have 14,000 apple trees; Ellis Bitters, Dabinette Michelin and Bramley's Seedling to create sparkling ciders which they bottle into 75CL wine bottles.


See Santa in Devon 2016 | Grotto's, Nativities, Polar Express & More November 09, 2015 09:51

For 2016 Christmas markets, events, lights switch-on's and late night shopping times click here.

 Meet father christmas in devon 2015

Where to see Father Christmas in Devon 2016

Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1LZ
http://www.otternurseries.co.uk/christmas-otter-nurseries/

Visit Santa’s magical kingdom at Otter Nurseries for a special Christmas experience. Take a journey through Santa’s Winter Wonderland and meet his friendly elves. Tickets can only be bought in advance and are £8.99 per child, including a gift and magical reindeer food.

Jack’s Patch, Newton Rd, Bishopsteignton, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 9PN.
https://wgc.digitickets.co.uk/category/807?branches.branchID=218

Enjoy breakfast or tea with Father Christmas at Jack’s Patch Wyevale Garden Centre. Pop in and enjoy a festive meal with Father Christmas, including a present for each child and you can have a go at decorating your own cookies. Prices are £9.99 per child with different meal options available and a variety of food options for adults at an additional charge. Discount when booked early.

House of Marbles, Pottery Rd, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9DS.
http://www.houseofmarbles.com/about/family-fun-devon/latest-event-news/9/

Santa’s Grotto at the House of Marbles is an excellent choice if you don’t want to book in advance. The Grotto is open 10am – 3pm on the dates above and has a Wizard of Oz theme this year. Child entry costs £6.50 and includes a gift, a balloon and a badge.

Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0LT
http://www.pennywellfarm.co.uk/buy-christmas-nativity-tickets

Treat your children to a nativity play at Pennywell followed by a visit to Santa’s Grotto where they will receive a special Christmas gift. They can also meet Santa’s reindeer and enjoy homemade Christmas biscuits and squash in the café (there will be mulled wine, tea, coffee and mince pies for the adults!) On selected dates, visitors can enjoy breakfast with Father Christmas followed by the nativity play.

Devon Christmas Gifts

Morwellham Quay, Nr Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8JL.
http://www.morwellham-quay.co.uk/index.php?route=information/news/news&news_id=1

At Morwellham Quay visitors can take a special train journey to visit Santa in his underground Grotto, then warm up in front of the fire with some mince pies and a warm drink.

Drakes Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2AA.
http://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/events/drake-circus-santas-grotto-p1957373

Santa’s Grotto will be open daily from 17 November 2016, but times vary, so check www.drakecircus.com for details and to book. The grotto costs £5 per child and includes a gift to take home.

Bygones, Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 4PR.
http://bygones.co.uk/pages/whats-on

Bygones are offering visitors the chance to have breakfast or lunch with Santa. Both options include entrance into Bygones, visiting Santa in his workshop and a traditional present for children. Booking is essential.

Kents Cavern, Ilsham Rd, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2JF.
http://www.kents-cavern.co.uk/events/detail/santa-in-the-caves

Meet Santa in his underground grotto at Kents Cavern. Guests can enjoy an hour-long show, a personal visit with Santa, a Christmas present, mulled wine and mince pies!

Seaton Tramway, Harbour Rd, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2NQ.
http://www.tram.co.uk/the-polar-express-tram-ride

Join Seaton Tramway for a special Polar Express Tram Ride! Based on the book and Christmas movie, this trip to the ‘North Pole’ invites you to take part in the Polar Express experience by tram. Listen to and sing along with all the songs, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served by dancing chefs and meet Santa and his elves. Each child receives a gift from Santa and you are welcome to wear your pyjamas onboard, just like in the film!

Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ.
http://www.christmasshoppingfayre.com/
25th to 27th November 2016.

The Christmas Shopping Fayre at Westpoint boasts 3 days of festive shopping, all under one roof. Admission costs £3.50 for adults (16 and under are free) and includes the free Santa’s grotto.

Endsleigh Garden Centre, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9JL.
http://www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/breakfast-or-tea-with-father-christmas

Wander through the enchanting winter wonderland where you will find the delightful elf workshop where children can create a beautiful craft to take home before visiting Santa in his grotto where every child can choose a gift to take home.

South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ.
http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/santa-by-steam

Join South Devon Railway for Santa by Steam! Father Christmas will be back on his decorated grotto train during December. Trains leave Buckfastleigh Station and the journey takes about one and a half hours. Booking is essential.

 

Escot Estate, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1LU.
http://www.escot-devon.co.uk/

Father Christmas will be at Escot in his Christmas Grotto with presents for visiting children. There will be activity stalls with things for children to make and decorate. In the park you can see the otters receive their Christmas presents and enjoy traditional Yuletide fare in the outdoor Christmas Kitchen and Coach House Restaurant.

Crealy Adventure Park, Sidmouth Rd, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DR.
http://www.crealy.co.uk/Devon/What's-On-Live

Join Father Christmas in his grotto for Santa’s Interactive Story Time. Santa will tell stories of how he gets ready for the big day, his great adventures and how he works out who is naughty or nice! Children can meet Santa and receive a gift to take home.

Hannah’s at Seale-Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 6NQ.
http://www.discoverhannahs.org/events/

2016 details TBC. Children can hunt down the 12 doors of Christmas before climbing onto the giant storytelling bed to hear a magical Christmas tale told by elves, before Santa visits with a special Christmas gift.

Occombe Farm, Preston Down Rd, Paignton, TQ3 1RN.
https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk/events/

2016 details TBC. Occombe Farm are hosting their Find Santa & Christmas Activity Day. You can bring the whole family for a day of festive cheer, Christmas crafts, treats and carols as well as a Finding Santa event for the children. A Christmas fairy will greet you and guide you on a magical trail to solve clues and find Santa in his grotto. Children will receive a festive treat as well as entry into the Christmas arts and crafts area.

Arlington Court, Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court-and-the-national-trust-carriage-museum/whats-on

Visit the festive grotto in the stables at the carriage museum and meet the traditional green Father Christmas. Tickets cost £3 per child and include a present. Booking is essential and provides you with a 30 minute time slot.

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, Barnstaple, EX31 4RA.
http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk/page/santa-specials-2016

Enjoy an exciting two-mile return journey from Woody Bay Station to Killington Lane and back by steam train. Children can experience the magic of Christmas by meeting Santa and receiving an individually named present. Booking essential.

Paignton Zoo, Totnes Rd, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7EU.
http://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/

Go on a festive adventure at Paignton Zoo. Meet Santa in his grotto and receive a present, then ride the jungle polar express! Spot all of Santa’s friends to receive a festive goody bag. Booking is essential.

Living Coasts, Torquay Harbourside, Beacon Quay, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BG.
http://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/

Visit Living Coasts this Christmas to visit Santa in his grotto and experience the Magical Mini Penguin Trail. Tickets cost £5 and include a present, and entry to Living Coasts must also be purchased.


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!


2015 Christmas markets and events in Devon October 01, 2015 08:55 5 Comments

Devon is bursting with Christmas events and activities, from meeting Santa, Christmas shopping or watching the magic of a Christmas light switch on. There is plenty going on in Devon to entertain the whole family. Christmas markets and late night shopping where you can enjoy an assortment of craft stalls, local food and drink and entertainment are becoming more and more popular each year. It shouldn’t be hard to find a Christmas market nearby and its bound to get you in the festive mood.

Christmas markets in Devon 2015

If you want some Christmas fun, ideas for things to do with the whole family or inspiration on the best markets or last minute shopping locations, we’ve listed all the events taking place throughout Christmas 2015 in Devon. As we find out about more Christmas markets and events during the season, we’ll add to this list so please contact us if you’d like your event to be included.

Christmas Food Hampers From DevonAnd if you’re looking to send a loved one a true taste of Devon this year, don’t forget our delicious Christmas Devon food hampers.

2015 Christmas lights switch on throughout Devon

12 November - Plymouth Christmas lights switch-on (taking place on the Piazza from 4pm)
14 November - Torquay Christmas lights switch-on (Fleet Street)
19 November – Exeter Christmas lights switch-on 

2015 Christmas markets, food and craft fairs in Devon

  • 31 October – Tavistock Warm up to Christmas market – Tavistock Town Hall
  • 5 November - Powderham Michaelmas Fair - Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter
  • 14 November - Teignmouth Christmas Market - Richard Newton Hall, Teignmouth
  • 13/14 November - Hannahs Christmas Fayre – Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot
  • 20 November to 19 December – Exeter Christmas Market - Cathedral Green, Exeter
  • 21 November 10am-4pm - Totnes Christmas Market 2015 - Totnes Civic Hall, Market Square, High Street, TQ9 5SG
  • 21 & 22 November - RHS Rosemoor Christmas Craft and Design Fair
  • 26 November to 6 December – Plymouth Christmas Market
  • 27 November - Dickensian Evening, Tavistock
  • 28 & 29 November - Saltram Christmas Festival (Craft), Saltram Estate
  • 28 November, 5/11/18 December - Exeter Christmas Market in Castle Street
  • 28 November, 3 & 10 December - Exeter Christmas Market in Fore Street
  • 5 December - Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas
  • 6 December -  RHS Rosemoor Christmas Food Fair
  • 6 December - Christmas Market at Royal William Yard, Plymouth
  • 20 December 10am-1pm - Crediton Christmas Farmers Market -The Square, Crediton
Christmas Afternoon Tea Vouchers in Devon

    Other Christmas events in Devon during winter 2015

    • 1 November to end of December - Yuletide Steam Train Services, Paignton
    • 19 November to late January – Plymouth Ice Rink
    • 27/28 November - Candlelit Dartmouth
    • 28 November - Lanterns, Lights and luminations, Brixham
    • 1 December to 24 December - Christmas at Pennywell Farm
    • 8 December - Powderham Christmas Wreath Making, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter

    Late night shopping in Devon this season

    Totnes late night shopping – Tuesday evenings until 9.30am on 8, 15 & 22 December
    Exeter late night shopping – Every Thursday evening from 19 November
    Plymouth late night shopping - Every Thursday evening
    Trago Mills Newton Abbot - Every Thursday until 8pm


    6 Devon & West Country Themed Gift Ideas August 29, 2015 16:32

    Gift Ideas from Devon & the West Country

    When buying gifts for friends and family it is always nice to personalise the gift to make it extra special. Giving a present that has a special meaning to the loved one should be the main goal when buying any gift. For lots of people Devon has a special place in their heart, whether it’s through a time living in Devon, from fond memories of Devon family holidays or simply through being born and bred in the county. Gifts associated with Devon make for excellent presents for people with these connections to the county, so we’ve come up with this list of 6 great Devonshire related gift ideas.

    1. Devon & West Country Food Hampers

    Devon Food HampersDevon’s famous for the food it produces and this is big draw for lots of tourists holidaying in the region. The county has plenty of farm shops that support local artisan food brands, who produce delicious hand crafted products using high quality, locally sourced ingredients. Devon Heaven Hampers sell Devon food hampers online that include some excellent local food brands such as Dartmoor Wildflower Honey, Luscombe Drinks, Georgie Porgie Puddings and Teoni’s Biscuits to name a few. All of the food and drink that goes into our hampers is sourced locally from within Devon. Gifts are sent directly to the recipients, who are often living in other parts of the UK, and we include a personalised gift card that has a picture on the front of the Devonshire countryside. These gifts are very popular at Christmas time.

    Devon Food GiftsWest Country Food Hamper

    One of the most popular types of Devon hampers we sell are cream teas by post, which are perfect for those wanting a really indulgent treat. They're especially good presents for Mothers Day.

     Devon Cream & Afternoon Tea HampersDevon Scone GiftsDevon Afternoon Tea Hamper

    Another product that Devon (and the West Country) is famous for is cider. We offer a range of cider hampers, some containing just cider and others that also include Devonshire food such as our Cider & Chilli gift with South Devon Chilli Farm jam and sauce.

    Devon Cider HampersCider & South Devon Chilli Farm Gift

    Also see our specific section on West Country Hampers for hampers that also include food and drink from Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset.

    2. Devonshire & West Country Paintings and Pictures

    Pictures of Devon giftsClearly Devon has some beautiful scenery with its spectacular coastline, rolling countryside and the rugged moorland of Dartmoor and Exmoor. A painting or framed picture capturing the splendour of Devon is a lovely way to brighten up someone’s home and help them be inspired by its beauty without having to leave the house. www.westcountrygalleries.co.uk offers artwork in a variety of themes including seascape painting and picture from the West Country, Devon, Cornwall, Bristol, Somerset & Dorset by talented South West artists. Gary Holpin is a keen local photographer and has spent years exploring the most beautiful parts of Devon, particularly along the South West Coast Path. His website www.garyholpin.co.uk has lots of lovely bright, high quality Devonshire photographs for sale.

    3. Gift Vouchers for a Cream or Afternoon Tea in Devon

    Devon Cream tea gift vouchersAfternoon tea is a classic English tradition often consisting of a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, a Devonshire cream tea and an assortment of pastries and cakes, served on a tiered cake stand. With so much beautiful scenery such as the wild moorland of Dartmoor, the beautiful north and south Devon coastline, and the attractive cities of Exeter, Plymouth and Torquay, Devon is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon tea. For those either living in or on holiday in Devon, gift vouchers for an afternoon or cream tea out in Devon make for a thoughtful present that the recipient can look forward to. We sell gift vouchers for cream or afternoon teas at certain hotels and tearooms in Devon. Our cream tea vouchers are sold in a rustic letterbox hamper containing local chocolate from Willies Cacao and a gift card containing a personalised message; all for £20. We think this makes for the perfect present as it’s something that can be enjoyed instantly on opening and also something to look forward to doing later on.

    4. Devon Kitchen Gift Items

    Devon gifts for the kitchenKitchen gifts containing the Devon flag or a reference to Devon are actually quite easy to find. Zaffle specialise in producing custom designs and have loads of Devon themed kitchen gifts to choose from, including Devon tea towels, mugs, aprons, drink coasters, plates and much more. With loads of custom made gifts already on the site, you can also specifically search for places like Salcombe and Dartmouth to find products containing pictures from your chosen locations.

    5. Devon Experience Day Gifts

    Devon experience day giftsFor local residents and those with upcoming trips to Devon, it’s the perfect place for outdoor experience days and here are a few suggestions: For a rather extravagant gift consider a thrilling helicopter pleasure flight over South Devon's Jurassic Coast and admire the natural beauty of Exmouth, Ottery St Mary, Budleigh's red cliffs, and much more. Devon has some great vineyards that offer tours and tasting sessions, the perfect present for the wine lover in your life. A Segway experience lets you get to grips with controlling the fantastic, futuristic Segway, and take a tour around a beautiful Haldon forest trail near Exeter, Devon. If you're looking for an extra special all weather experience gift for a friend, look no further than the superb Virtual Jet Centre Experience in Chudleigh, Devon, which is one of the only places in the UK where you can get into the cockpit without a pilot's licence. Another memorable gift idea is an all day train driving experience on the South Devon Railway. You can drive a steam or diesel locomotive from Buckfastleigh and take friends and family along for the ride.

    6. Hand Made Craft Gifts from Devon & the South West

    craft gifts handmade in DevonDevon is home to a thriving contemporary creative scene where lots of talented crafts people produce a variety of products that make for wonderful gifts. At the Devon Guild of Craftsmen you can discover a fantastic range of contemporary and traditional craft and design products for sale: from jewellery, blown glass, furniture, textiles and turned wood to ceramics and prints all hand made by Devon Guild Members. The Devon Guild of Craftsmen is a leading national educational charity creating as many opportunities as possible for people to enjoy and learn about contemporary craft. Another great source of craft gifts from Devon is www.love-local.com (update July 17 - store closed but says it may re-open) whose website is dedicated to great products handcrafted in Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Cornwall and Wiltshire. Their website has an assortment of fantastic gift ideas, arts, crafts and much more from small businesses and enterprises throughout Devon.


    Best Picnic Spots in Devon - Top 20 July 16, 2015 21:46

    Picnic's are a great British tradition and in Devon we're blessed with wonderful beaches, beautiful river valleys and lakes, as well as stunning moorland, all perfect for enjoying a picnic. As we sell picnic hampers using local Devonshire foods we've put together this list of 20 of the best picnic spots in Devon, along with a map showing each location.

    Jump to - North Devon Picnic Spots - Exeter & East Devon Picnic Spots - Dartmoor Picnic Spots - Torbay, Plymouth & South Devon Picnic Spots

     Best Devon Picnic Spots

    Picnic Spots in North Devon

    1. Watermouth Bay, near Ilfracombe, North Devon
    Location - Small car park near the harbour, postcode EX34 9SL.

    North Devon Picnic Location Watermouth Cove offers a very sheltered harbour, shielded by the natural breakwater of Sexton's Burrows, as well as picture-perfect views. This has created an ecosystem for lots of rare marine species attracting many boats to moor at the harbour. It’s the perfect sheltered location for a Devon picnic.

    2. Instow Beach, near Barnstaple, North Devon
    Location - There’s free short stay parking along the seafront and two car parks at either end of the beach for longer stays, postcode EX39 4JA.

    Beach Picnic North DevonSet just back from the Atlantic coast in the mouth of the River Taw and Torridge Estuary, Instow Beach is slightly more sheltered than most of North Devon’s beaches. It’s also one of the best places to view the sunset in North Devon, so why not set up a romantic picnic at dusk and watch the glorious colours emblazoned across a scene of bobbing boats at the mouth of the estuary. Hocking’s ice cream is worth considering for dessert.

    3. Wistlandpound Reservoir, South Molton, North Devon
    Location - Pay and display car park next to the lake, postcode EX31 4SL.

    Lake Picnic North DevonThe tranquil lake is surrounded by conifers, and makes a great spot for a peaceful picnic in the heart of North Devon. Wander around the still lake and find a nice location to sit down and take in the view over some sandwiches.

    4. Mouth Mill, North Devon
    Location - Brownsham National Trust car park, postcode EX39 6AN.

    Coast Picnic Location North DevonFrom the car park head towards the coast and you’ll soon reach the beautiful beach of Mouth Mill, a stunning location to picnic and unwind as a family. It’s also possible to walk along the coast to the famous thatched-and-cobbled village of Clovelly, where donkeys are still the main form of transport up the steep village street and residents carry their shopping on sleds.

    5. Eggesford Forest, off A377, North Devon
    Location - Parking at Hilltown Wood, postcode EX18 7LD.

    Forest Picnic Spot DevonEggesford Forest is a great place to visit. It has a network of trails and paths that link the different woodlands and also connect to the Tarka rail line at Eggesford Station. Hilltown Wood carpark has toilet facilities and a nice picnic area, where you can eat your lunch amid the trees, and enjoy their cooling shade.


    Picnic Spots in Exeter & East Devon

    6. Grand Western Canal, Halberton, Tiverton, Devon
    Location - Small free car park, postcode EX16 7AE.

    Canal Picnic Spot DevonDating back to 1796, the Grand Western Canal runs between Taunton in Somerset and Tiverton in Devon. Just down from the car park is a nice peaceful patch of grassland with a few picnic benches overlooking the canal. Before picnicking why not stop off at Halberton Court Farm Shop to pick your own strawberries.

    7. Beer Head, East Devon
    Location - Pay and display car park on a field by Beer Head Caravan Park, postcode EX12 3AQ.

    East Devon Picnic SpotBeer to Branscombe is a popular walk amongst locals due to its stunning coastal views from the cliff tops. The walk does contain some steep sections but for those who can make it to Branscombe, the pebble beach makes for a good picnic spot. Alternatively, make use of the large amount of open grassland that covers the coastal path between Beer and Branscombe.

    8. Budleigh Salterton, nr Exeter, East Devon
    Location - Postcode EX9 6JD. Large pay and display car park next to the beach and River Otter.

    Devon Beach Picnic SpotBudleigh Salterton is situated towards the western start of the majestic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The picturesque town has a 2 mile pebble beach ideal for picnicking without sand getting in your sandwiches.


    Picnic Spots on Dartmoor

    9. Hennock Reservoirs, North East Dartmoor
    Location - Pay and display car park to the south of Trenchford Reservoir, nearest postcode TQ13 9NX.

    Devon reservoir picnic spotConsisting of three reservoirs, Trenchford, Tottiford & Kennick, all joined by a small stream, Hennock Reservoirs are as peaceful place as you can imagine. There are plenty of picnic benches overlooking the Trenchford reservoir by the car park. Alternatively, there are lots of secluded spots with rocks for seating around the outside of the reservoirs. For walkers, a path circles all three reservoirs with tracks also leading off into nearby fields and woods.

    10. Spitchwick, River Dart, South East Dartmoor
    Location - Free parking at Newbridge or alongside the narrow lane that runs past Spitchwick common, nearest postcode TQ13 7NT.

    River dart picnic spotSpitchwick, set on the banks of the beautiful River Dart, is a popular spot for picnics and barbeques. It’s great for families wanting to combine a picnic or BBQ with swimming in the cold deep water of the River Dart. A picnic can also be followed by a pleasant afternoon walk along the footpath that runs next to the river in either direction.

    11. Haytor, East Dartmoor
    Location - Medium size car parks at the top and bottom of the tor - postcode TQ13 9XT.

    Dartmoor Picnic LocationWith relatively easy access from Torquay and Exeter, Haytor is probably Dartmoor’s most popular tor. There are lots of rocks for seating and short grass surrounding the tor, along with superb views of the South Devon coastline, making it a lovely place to enjoy a picnic. Those with more energy can clamber up the tor or take a walk to nearby Hound Tor.

    12. Postbridge, Central Dartmoor
    Location - Pay and Display in the National Park visitors car park or over the road in Bellever Woods – postcode - PL20 6SY.

    Postbridge DartmoorOn the bank of the East River Dart, Postbridge has lots of short grass surrounded by woodland making it perfect for picnics. It’s best known for its ancient clapper bridge, believed to have been built in the 13th century to enable pack horses to cross the river. The location, in the middle of Dartmoor, is a great choice for walkers who are spoilt for choice with walks through Bellever Woods, along the river or up to Bellever Tor. Postbridge is also good for families as kids can play on the rocks dotted along the river using them as stepping stones.

    13. Burrator Reservoir, Dartmoor
    Location – Nearest postcode PL20 6PE. Parking is possible at various locations around the lake including the Quarry car park, Norsworthy Bridge and the Dam.

    Reservoir Picnic PlymouthUndisturbed Burrator is surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply contrasts with the open moor and rugged Dartmoor tors not far from Plymouth. The reservoir is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. The 3.5mile circular walk which follows the lanes around the water is ideal for families as it is easy going and flat. It’s possible to venture inside of the road to find your perfect picnic spot next to the water’s edge.

    14. Roadford Lake, West Devon
    Location - Plenty of pay and display parking, postcode PL16 0JL.

    Lake picnic devonSet on the northern edge of Dartmoor, not far from the A30 between Okehampton and Launceston, Roadford Lake is the largest area of fresh water in Southwest England. Not only is it a peaceful picnic location, it also offers plenty of activities to keep families entertained including, cycling, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, walking and much more.


    Picnic Spots in Torbay, Plymouth & South Devon

    15. Cockington, Torquay, South Devon
    Location - There’s a couple of medium size pay and display car parks in Cockington village, postcode TQ2 6XB.

    Picnic Spot near TorquayThe truly picturesque village of Cockington, near Torquay, is a charming place, lined with thatched cottages it boasts a water mill, a forge and even the cricket pitch was once a medieval deer park. At the heart of the village is Cockington Court, a manor house often visited by Agatha Christie that is surrounded by hundreds of acres of gorgeous country park, perfect for a picnic. Today, Cockington Court is a hub for art where you can even watch glassblowers and blacksmiths in action.

    16. Berry Head Hill Fort, nr Brixham, English Riviera
    Location - Park at the Berry Head Visitor Centre, postcode TQ5 9AP.

    Picnic location near TorbayBerry Head National Nature Reserve is Torbay's most important wildlife site, with many rare plants dependent upon the thin soils, mild climate and exposed conditions of the headland. Enjoy a picnic on the cliffs of Berry Head and walk to the Berry Head Lighthouse, which is reputedly the shortest lighthouse in Great Britain, but also one of the highest, being only 5 metres (16 ft) tall, but 58 metres (190 ft) above mean sea level (wikipedia).

    17. Little Dartmouth, South Devon
    Location - National trust car park, postcode TQ6 0JP.

    South hams picnic locationFrom the National Trust car park pick up the Southwest coast path towards Dartmouth and find a nice picnic spot on the cliff top at the opening for the beautiful River Dart estuary. Also, consider venturing as far as Dartmouth Castle, the English Heritage site that has guarded the estuary for over 600 years.

    18. Mill Bay, South Hams
    Location - Large car park next to the beach although this can become full if you are late arriving on popular days, postcode TQ8 8PU.

    Picnic spot near SalcombeMill Bay is a lovely sheltered cove with golden sand located on the banks of the Salcombe Estuary in the far south of Devon. Children love to build dams across the stream that trickles down the beach giving parents the opportunity to tuck into a picnic in peace. By taking a short walk up the estuary you can catch a ferry that runs to the popular seaside town of Salcombe.

    19. Bigbury-on-Sea, nr Salcombe, South Devon
    Location - Postcode TQ7 4AS, there’s a large pay and display car park located above the beach.

    South devon beach picnic locationBigbury-on-Sea is a popular destination for families wanting to enjoy the beautiful South Devon coast. It’s most well-known for its sea tractor resembling an open top bus on stilts that ferries visitors across the shallow waters to Burgh Island. Enjoy a picnic on the golden sand as kids play in the sea that can sometimes offer nice surf, especially over the estuary at Bantham.

    20. Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth
    Location - Two pay and display car parks nearby, postcode PL1 3BJ.

    Picnic location in PlymouthA short walk from the city centre of Devon’s largest city isn’t somewhere that you would necessarily expect to find a great picnic location, but Plymouth Hoe is a really good picnic spot. It also offers excellent marine life views across Plymouth Sound to Drake Island and has a large amount of open green space. The iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse stands over the Hoe and is open to those that want to get a better vantage point to look out onto the Sound.


    How to make a perfect scone by the Devon Scone Company June 25, 2015 18:01 11 Comments

    At this year’s Exeter Food and Drink Festival, I went to a cooking demonstration by Richard Hunt of the Devon Scone Company on making the perfect scone. Having been in the industry for more than 20 years Richard is a well-known face in the area and often invited to talk at local food events. As well as running the Devon Scone Company with his wife Claire, Richard also provides a professional hospitality consultancy service aimed at sharing his expertise and knowledge with fledgling and experienced chefs or restaurants. One of his many claims to fame is that Kirstie Allsopp has used his scone recipe on her Channel 4 TV programme. As scones are very important to our business and we include Richard’s scones in our Devonshire cream tea hampers I was obviously keen to hear more about his methods for creating the perfect Devonshire scone.

    Devon Scone Company

    The perfect scone texture

    Richard’s scones are a cross between traditional Devon splits and the standard scone. This means that the scones don’t crumble apart into lots of different pieces (important for us when sending creams teas by post). You can actually rip Richards’s scones into two even parts by hand and this is how we believe Devon scones should be!

    How to get the perfect scone texture to prevent crumbs

    In order to achieve a good scone structure Richard doesn't use eggs, instead his four main ingredients are butter, milk, a strong flour and natural yoghurt.

    How to get a good rise on your scones

    The acid in the natural yogurt helps the baking powder work better giving a good rise. This good rise actually makes it possible to cut Richard’s scones into three pieces, which is great for anyone wanting more cream and jam on board! It’s also important to keep the pastry thick when you roll it out, to around an inch and a half is ideal.

    How to finish your scones off with a nice colour

    In order to give his scones a nice colour Richard sprays the scones with non-egg glaze made using vegetable oil and natural food colourings but for home baking glazing with a beaten egg is fine.

    Advice when baking fruit scones

    Richard has learnt the hard way that when making fruit scones it’s important to use good quality sultanas as cheap ones will go dry when cooked and break when you’re eating the scones.

    Devonshire scone recipe

    A simple scone recipe for 20 large scones

    Ingredients:

    1kg Strong Plain flour
    750ml buttermilk
    125gm Unsalted butter
    125gm Milk powder
    125gm Caster sugar
    75gm Baking powder
    Egg to glaze

    Method:

    1. Preheat the oven to 190◦c, Gas Mark 7 or 175◦c for a fan-assisted oven
    2. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles a breadcrumb like texture
    3. Gently add the buttermilk and work the mixture into a soft dough, without overworking the dough as it'll become tough
    4. Roll out gently to 1 and a half inches thick and cut with a straight cutter
    5. Glaze with beaten egg and bake for 15-20 minutes until well risen and golden brown

    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 www.devoncreamteas.info 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!


    Exeter Food and Drink Festival 2015 April 30, 2015 16:15

    Last weekend we visited the Exeter Food & Drink Festival featuring top-notch produce from around the South West - what could be a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon! This is the 12th year that the festival has run and the organisers have made a real effort to make it a great day out for the whole family. Cooking classes, arts & craft tents and a miniature farmyard proved a hit with children, while adults were able to indulge in some of the best food and drink in the country and enjoy cooking demonstrations from top chefs.

    Pork Pie Cake Exeter food and drink festival 2015

    We made a special effort to try as many of the food and drink samples from the two large food pavilions as possible – it would have been rude not to! We particularly enjoyed the new Devon Roast Beef flavour crisps from Burts, in partnership with The Well Hung Meat Company. We will be looking to get some of these in stock soon as a great addition to some of our food hampers. We are also excited to be adding Georgie Porgie puddings to some of our hampers. Based in Budleigh Salterton, Georgie Porgie produce hand-made puddings with a delightful ‘melt in the mouth’ texture. The cider and apple pudding is one of our favourite desserts. We were also pleased to find that South Devon Chilli Farm were generous with their chocolate samples. They make for a refreshingly different (and somewhat spicy!) chocolate treat. 

    Giant Pasty Exeter Food and Drink Festival

    It was great to meet so many local food and drink producers and we are excited to be making some new additions to our hampers. We are already looking forward to next year’s festival!


    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 http://www.visitdartmoor.co.uk/.

    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
    http://www.woodleighcoach.com/

    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
    http://theoldforgechagford.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.gidleigh.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.boveycastle.com/

    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
    http://www.whitehartdartmoor.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.homefarmcafe.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.edgemoor.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.badgersholtdartmoor.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.princehall.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.twobridgeshotel.uk/

    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
    http://www.torroyal.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.foxtorcafe.com/

    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
    http://www.eastgatetavistock.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buckland-abbey/

    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
    http://www.moorlandgardenhotel.co.uk/

    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.


    Interview with Peter Hunt, Dartmoor Wild Flower Honey April 13, 2015 13:51

    Dartmoor Wild Flower Honey

    Based in North Bovey, Dartmoor Wild Flower Honey is run by expert beekeeper Peter Hunt who has been beekeeping ever since he was 12. As well as managing his own 100+ beehives, at various locations from the banks of the River Tamar to around 15 hives in his garden, Peter also offers advice to other beekeepers and bee swarm removal services. We’ve recently stocked Dartmoor Wild Flower Honey in our Thunder & Lightning Cream Tea and will be adding it to more food hampers soon, so we caught up with Peter to find out more about his honey and answer some common honey questions.

    Dartmoor Honey

    What are the main differences between locally produced and supermarket honey?

    There are two key differences:
    1. Honey supplied to supermarkets is often over-heated in an attempt to prevent the honey from crystallising; however this process requires the honey to be given additional filtering, which can weaken the flavour.
    2. Unlike other commercially farmed parts of the country, Dartmoor has small field systems that are not intensively farmed, resulting in more hedgerows and a larger variety of wild flowers for the bees to source nectar, giving the honey more flavour.

    Does local honey taste better than supermarket honey?

    Yes, as Dartmoor bees source their nectar from a broader variety of wild flowers this gives the honey more flavours. It’s also worth noting than sometimes honey at shows is judged on its clarity, but in order to get this clarity it’s filtered multiple times compromising flavour.

    What’s the best way to stop honey crystallising?

    The temperature at which honey is stored doesn’t usually make a difference to the rate at which it crystallises. However, avoiding dry conditions can help, although this can be harder to control. It is worth noting that crystallised honey is still perfectly good to eat, but you may wish to warm it slowly in warm water to create a runnier consistency.

    What are the main factors influencing honey production?

    The honey producing season is from April to September and bees don’t work in the rain! So, for a good honey year, beekeepers need a dry summer.

    To find out more about Peter visit his website http://www.beesindevon.co.uk.


    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 www.doggydevon.co.uk 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. 


    Mothers Day Afternoon Tea Ideas for Dartmoor March 05, 2015 09:21

    Although we believe a Mothers Day hamper from us makes for an excellent Mothers Day present, you can't beat spending quality time together so with that in mind we recently produced a guest blog for http://www.dartmooraccommodation.co.uk/ on where to take your mum for afternoon tea on Dartmoor and thought we would share the article.

    Here is a list of 5 places to take your mum for an afternoon tea on Dartmoor this Mothers Day:

    1. Primrose Cottage Tea Room, Lustleigh
    http://www.primrosetearooms.co.uk/

    Nestled in the Wrey Valley on the edge of Dartmoor, Primrose Tea Rooms resides in the picturesque village of Lustleigh. They offer delicious Devon cream teas, home-made cakes and light lunches in a stunning rural setting. www.travelsignposts.com rated them as one of the ‘Top 10 places for cream teas in Devon and Cornwall’. You can choose from five different flavours of jam and have the option of plain or fruit scones. If your mum isn’t the only loved one invited, Primose Tea Room is also dog friendly both inside the Tea Rooms and in the Tea Garden. You could always pop in after completing this Lustleigh Cleave walk.

    Primrose Tearoom Afternoon Tea

    2. Bovey Castle, North Bovey
    http://www.boveycastle.com/

    Bovey Castle, set in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, was named ‘one of the top six places to have afternoon tea in the UK’ by Red Magazine. Enjoy warm scones, delicate finger sandwiches, delicious homemade cakes and a selection of teas in the dining room or on the terrace overlooking the gardens. For Mothers Day itself, Bovey Castle are offering a set three course lunch, which will no doubt be very popular, however you can buy afternoon tea gift vouchers from £25PP through their website for use at a later date.

    Bovey Castle Afternoon Tea

    3. Badgers Holt, Dartmeet
    http://www.badgersholtdartmoor.co.uk/

    Once an old fishing lodge, Badgers Holt nestles at the foot of Yar Tor, at the famous beauty spot where the east and west tributaries of the River Dart meet. Badgers Holt specialises in Devonshire cream teas, with a secret scone recipe exclusive to the restaurant for over 60 years, making them an easy pick for our devon cream tea best 50 list. They also offer homemade traditional fruit, cheese and gluten free scones. If you fancy lunch, there are plenty of good value savoury options available. After your meal, why not take a picturesque walk along a footpath that follows the East River Dart.

    Badgers Holt Cream Tea

    4. Tor Royal, Princetown
    http://www.torroyal.co.uk/

    Tor Royal is a homely bed and breakfast set in a beautiful Grade II-listed building. 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. The price for a full High Tea is £14PP and can be booked for a specific date through their website, although you may need to call for Mothers Day bookings.

    Tor Royal Afternoon Tea

    5. The Old Forge Cafe and Restaurant, Chagford
    http://www.theoldforgechagford.co.uk/

    The Old Forge is a beautiful converted blacksmith’s forge in the heart of Chagford serving the highest quality local and homemade food and drink whether it’s for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. Cream teas are £5.75 and come with two large homemade scones, local clotted cream, award-winning local strawberry jam, and a pot of loose-leaf tea or coffee of your choice. They also offer a number of full afternoon tea options starting from £18 for two people.

    Old Forge Chagford Cream Tea

    See our Afternoon Tea in Devon page for more information.


    Dartmoor Accommodation March 01, 2015 20:44 1 Comment

    With its imposing granite tors, rugged moorland, deep wooded valleys and freely roaming animals, it’s not hard to see why Dartmoor attracts so many visitors every year.

    Dartmoor Tor

    For anyone visiting Dartmoor National Park www.dartmooraccommodation.co.uk is an excellent resource listing lots of local hotels, B&B’s, holiday cottages and campsites. The website makes it easy for visitors to find what they’re looking for, whether it’s a dog friendly farmhouse or child friendly hotel.

    Dartmoor Sunset

    Dartmoor Accommodation isn’t just useful for finding great places to stay; it also provides lots of local information and great ideas for places to visit. The activities page lists a number of moorland walks and bike rides, as well as adventure activities and where to go for family days out, whilst the What’s On guide keeps visitors up to date on the latest events. Recently, I worked with Dartmoor Accommodation to create an article that recommends some top spots to take your mum for afternoon tea on Mother’s Day.

    Dartmoor Cream Tea

    For anyone wanting to have their special day in one of the most beautiful places in the country, the wedding section on Dartmoor Accommodation is particularly useful for finding accommodation, service venues, flower providers and caterers.


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

    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.

    Afternoon Tea Vouchers in Devon

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    Dartmoor & West Devon Afternoon Teas

    The Old Forge
    http://www.theoldforgechagford.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.torroyal.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.blagdon.com/
    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
    http://www.boveycastle.com/
    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
    http://www.edgemoor.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.gidleigh.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.hotelendsleigh.com/
    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
    http://www.lewtrenchard.co.uk/
    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
    http://millendhotel.com/
    Chagford, TQ13 8JN
    Price: From £9.50 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
    http://www.moorlandgardenhotel.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.combehousedevon.com/
    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
    http://www.deerparkcountryhotel.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.hotelriviera.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.themagdalenchapter.com/
    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
    http://www.sidmouth-harbour-hotel.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.southernhayhouse.com/
    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
    http://www.belmont-hotel.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.saltymonk.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.victoriahotel.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.orestonemanor.com/
    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
    http://www.boringdonhall.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.tout-saints.co.uk
    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
    http://www.kitleyhousehotel.com/
    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
    www.salcombe-harbour-hotel.co.uk
    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
    http://www.southsands.com/
    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
    http://www.grandtorquay.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.langdoncourt.com/
    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

    http://thurlestone.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.broomhillart.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.cheristow.co.uk/
    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
    www.foxandhoundshotel.co.uk
    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
    http://www.highbullen.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.sauntonsands.co.uk
    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
    http://www.brend-imperial.co.uk/
    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
    http://www.watersmeethotel.co.uk/
    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 hamper is sent by post and can be enjoyed from home which makes for a lovely gift for friends and family.


    50 Of The Best Cream Teas In Devon January 01, 2015 19:30 3 Comments

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    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
    https://www.facebook.com/nellymays1/


    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
    http://www.cheristow.co.uk/


    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
    www.doctonmill.co.uk

    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
    http://www.hartlandabbey.com/

    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
    http://www.helecornmill.com/

    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
    http://www.orfordmillcottages.co.uk/

    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 www.northdevonjournal.co.uk poll.

    7 - Saunton Sands, Saunton
    http://www.sauntonsands.co.uk/

    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

    http://www.teaonthegreen.net/

    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
    http://www.commodore-instow.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.corndollyteashop.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.thethatchcroyde.com/

    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. www.northdevonjournal.co.uk highlighted them as one of the best cream teas in North Devon.

    13 - The Watersmeet Hotel, Woolacombe
    http://www.watersmeethotel.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.chambercombemanor.org.uk/

    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
    http://www.tram.co.uk/tramstop-cafe

    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
    http://www.bickleighmill.com/

    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
    http://www.combehousedevon.com/

    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
    http://www.dartsfarm.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.edgemoor.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.escot-devon.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.royaloakfarm.co.uk/



    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
    http://www.ottertonmill.com/

    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
    http://www.pecorama.info/

    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
    http://www.realfoodexeter.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.route2topsham.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.southerncrossdevon.co.uk/

    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. www.travelsignposts.com rated them as one of the Top 10 places for cream teas in Devon and Cornwall.

    28 - The Bark House, Tiverton
    www.thebarkhouse.co.uk

    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
    http://www.greyhoundcountryinn.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.churchcottagedunsford.com/

    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
    http://www.saltymonk.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.crafts.org.uk/terrace-cafe.aspx

    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
    http://www.avonmill.com/

    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
    www.badgersholtdartmoor.co.uk

    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
    http://www.boringdonhall.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.orestonemanor.com/

    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
    http://www.kitleyhousehotel.com/

    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
    http://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/

    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
    http://www.oneworldcafe.org.uk/

    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
    www.redearthdeli.co.uk

    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
    www.salcombe-harbour-hotel.co.uk

    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
    http://www.guardhousecafe.com/

    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
    http://www.thesingingkettletorquay.com/

    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
    http://www.tudorrosetearoom.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.vintageteatotnes.co.uk/

    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 Farm Shops Directory and Map January 01, 2015 17:54

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    North Devon Farm Shops

    1 - Moorish, Kentisbury
    http://www.moorish.co.uk/

    2 - Besshill Farm Shop, Barnstaple
    http://besshillfarmshop-barnstaple.co.uk/

    3 - Marshford Organic Foods, Northam
    http://marshford.co.uk/

    4 - Barton Farm Shop, Bideford
    http://www.bartonfarmshop.co.uk/

    5 - Langs Farm Shop, Bideford
    http://www.langsfarmshop.co.uk/

    North West Devon Farm Shops

    6 - Blackberry Farm Shop, Holsworthy
    http://www.blackberryfarmshop.co.uk/

    7 - Providence Farm Organic Farm Shop, Holsworthy
    http://www.providencefarm.co.uk/

    8 - Hallwood Farm Shop, Okehampton
    http://www.hallwoodfreshveg.co.uk/

    9 - Fiona's Farm Shop, Winkleigh
    http://www.fionasfarmshop.co.uk/

    10 - Taw Valley Creamery, North Tawton
    http://www.tawvalleycheese.co.uk/

    Exeter and East Devon Farm Shops

    11 - Blacks Deli, Chagford
    http://www.blacks-deli.com/

    12 - The Real Red Ruby Farm Shop, Crediton
    http://www.redrubydevonbeef.co.uk/

    13 - Quicks Farm Shop, Crediton
    http://www.quickes.co.uk/

    14 - Thornes Farm Shop, Crediton
    http://www.thornesfarmshop.co.uk/

    15 - Witheridge Farm Shop, Witheridge
    http://www.witheridgefarmshop.co.uk/

    16 - Exe Valley Farm Shop, Thorverton
    http://www.exevalleyfarmshop.co.uk/

    17 - The Real Food Store, Exeter
    http://www.realfoodexeter.co.uk/

    18 - Orange Elephant, Kenford
    http://www.tavernersfarm.co.uk/

    19 - Killerton Estate Produce, Broadclyst
    http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton/eating-and-shopping/

    20 - Darts Farm, Topsham
    http://www.dartsfarm.co.uk/

    21 - Kenniford Farm Shop, Clyst St George
    http://www.kennifordfarm.co.uk/

    22 - Greendale Farm Shop, Farringdon
    http://www.greendalefarmshop.co.uk/

    23 - East Hill Pride Farm Shop, Bowd, Sidmouth
    http://www.easthillpridefarmshop.co.uk/

    24 - The Cheeseboard, Sidmouth
    http://www.cheeseboardsidmouth.com/

    25 - Bartletts Farm Shop, Honiton
    http://www.bartlettsfarmshopdevon.co.uk/

    26 - Royal Oak Farm, Honiton
    http://www.royaloakfarm.co.uk/

    27 - Millers Farm Shop, Axminster
    http://www.millersfarmshop.com/

    Dartmoor, Torbay, Plymouth and South Devon Farm Shops

    28 - Ullacombe Farm Shop, Bovey Tracey
    http://www.ullacombefarm.co.uk/

    29 - Lifton Farm Shop, Lifton
    http://www.liftonfarmshop.co.uk/

    30 - Roots and Vines, Tavistock
    http://www.rootsandvines.co.uk/

    31 - Vincents Farm Shop, Wotter
    http://www.vincentsfarmshop.co.uk/

    32 - Ashburton Delicatessen, Ashburton
    http://www.ashburtondelicatessen.co.uk/

    33 - Dean Court Farm Shop, Buckfastleigh
    http://www.deancourtfarmshop.co.uk/

    34 - Riverford Farm Shop, Staverton
    http://www.riverfordfarmshop.co.uk/

    35 - The Devon Deli, Newton Abbot
    http://www.thedevondeli.co.uk/

    36 - Brown and Green at Fermoys, Ipplepen
    http://www.brown-and-green.co.uk/fermoys

    37 - Bulleigh Elms Farm Shop, Ipplepen
    http://www.bulleighelms.com/

    38 - The Shops at Dartington, Dartington
    http://www.shopsatdartington.co.uk/

    39 - Riverford Farm Shop, Totnes
    http://www.riverfordfarmshop.co.uk/

    40 - Churston Traditional Farm Shop, Churston
    http://www.churstontraditionalfarmshop.org.uk/

    41 - Countrymans Choice, Ivybridge
    http://www.countrymanschoice.co.uk/

    42 - Riverford Farm Shop , Yealmpton
    http://www.riverfordfarmshop.co.uk/

    43 - The Deli at Avon Mill Garden Centre, Loddiswell
    http://www.avonmill.com/

    44 - Stokeley Farm Shop, Stokeley Barton
    http://www.stokeleyfarmshop.co.uk/

    45 - Britannia at The Beach, Beesands
    http://www.britanniaatthebeach.co.uk/

    46 - Occombe Farm, Preston
    https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk/occombe


    Devon vs Cornwall Cream Teas January 01, 2015 17:28 16 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!

    Devon vs Cornish Cream Tea By PostDecide for yourself which is the best way of serving a cream tea and whether Cornish or Devonshire clotted cream is better with our Devon vs Cornwall cream tea by post.

    See Also:

    How to make the perfect Devonshire scone

    Rodda's recipe for Cornish Splits