Where to get the best cream teas in Cornwall
There are many things you should do while in Cornwall, and having a Cornish cream tea is definitely one of them. Treat your taste buds with a freshly baked warm scone, and a pot of tea, while watching the world go by from one of the many delightful cafes the county has to offer.
Here are our recommendations for where to get the best cream teas in Cornwall, where you’ll find generous helpings of cream and jam, and a wonderful atmosphere for your afternoon treat.
Woods Café, Bodmin
When on holiday in Looe in Cornwall, Woods Café in Bodmin is just a half an hour drive away, and is the perfect stop off point after a walk on the moors. The independent café is run by a family passionate about serving delicious homemade food using fresh and local ingredients, and the menu and environment surely reflect this. Boasting plenty of outside seating in the summer, and a roaring fire in the winter, this dog-friendly café is suitable for all the family.
“Our scones are home-made and freshly baked with passion every morning to a traditional Cornish recipe. We serve them with a dollop of Williams Dairy clotted cream and Boddingtons Cornish jam all washed down with Cornish grown Tregothnan tea. We are well known and loved for all of our food and cakes but our passion for the humble scone has been our starting point for everything else.” – Woods Cafe
A little further from Looe you will find Wheal Martyn in St Austell, which is the UK’s only china clay heritage centre. It offers a great day out for all the family, even four-legged friends, and is set within 26 acres in the heart of Cornwall. Here you can see Cornwall’s largest working waterwheel, witness modern mining in action and explore ancient buildings and vintage commercial vehicles. Not forgetting the wonderful café, gift shop and children’s play area.
“A Cream Tea at Wheal Martyn combines the best of Cornish fayre with an important slice of our Cornish Heritage. Our generous scones are lovingly made on site and complimented by only the best Strawberry Jam, produced locally by Boddingtons of Mevagissey, and lashings of Cornish Clotted Cream from Trewithen Dairy of Lostwithiel.”
“To make them extra special, our cream teas are accompanied by Smugglers Brew tea from the Cornish Tea Company and served in an array of vintage china, within a unique and atmospheric café situated in the preserved Victorian remains of a China Clay works. Traditional, gorgeous and sometimes quirky our lovely china all has one thing in common … a magic secret ingredient: China Clay. A visit to the café is free – but stay a little longer and learn more about this unique historic china clay works. Explore the old and restored china clay works, get up close to vintage vehicles and stretch your legs on a lovely woodland walk.” – Wheal Martyn
Tucked away in West Cornwall, those taking a trip to Hayle will want to visit Trevaskis Farm, where you’ll find a restaurant, market and farm park all on one picturesque site. The Farmhouse Kitchen restaurant was started by the owner’s wife, Adele Eustice, and has since gained a reputation for desserts, and Sunday roasts, not forgetting the Cornish cream tea!
The Camel Trail Tea Garden
Keen walkers and cyclists will have heard of the Camel Trail, which provides access to some of the most beautiful countryside and coastal scenery in Cornwall, running from Padstow to Wenford Bridge. The Camel Trail Tea Garden is the ideal halfway marker, with its location between Wadebridge and Bodmin, and has a fantastic menu that will help you refuel after an active morning or afternoon. As well as the truly tasty homemade cream teas, they also have a selection of cakes and Cornish ice cream.
Healey’s Cyder Farm
While Truro is well-known for its shopping, and Healey’s well-known for its cider, when heading to the city to visit the farm, you might be surprised to hear that they make a mean cream tea! So, why not take a look around the gorgeous orchards, and learn about the fascinating cider process before stopping to enjoy the Cornish countryside surroundings with a sweet treat?
Although we highly recommend having your cream tea the Cornish way, with jam and then cream on top, take our quiz to find out how you prefer your cream tea here.
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