Devon is home to a traditional favourite: the Devon Cream Tea! There’s nothing better than a homemade scone covered in clotted cream and jam. Whether you are sitting nice and cosy next to a real fire or sat out in the sunshine– a cream tea is the perfect treat to complement your visit to Devon.
If you are feeling particularly hungry you could look out for a full afternoon tea. In addition to the traditional cream tea (scones, cream and Jam), you get some delicate sandwiches and a selection of cakes.
In the last few years, for those of you without a sweet tooth, many establishments now offer ‘savoury cream teas’! They consist primarily of cheese scones, cheese and salad – very nice but perhaps not the same.
Devon Cream Teas are so ubiquitous that you can get one almost anywhere. However the quality of the food and the service varies considerably. We list below our own experience of those places where we have had a Cream Tea, around the Bigbury on Sea in the South Hams.
The Singing Kettle, Dartmouth – A very good Cream Tea with the ambiance of an old fashioned tea room. We particularly liked the egg timer dedicated to telling you when your tea was properly brewed.
Kitley House Hotel, Yealmpton, – We had a full afternoon tea here, which was excellent. A great experience reading the Sunday papers by a real wood fire.
Buckland Tout Saintes, near Kingsbridge- A small and attractive boutique hotel, but the cream tea and the service were only average. However they did provide real Cornish tea from the UK’s first tea plantation.
Bayards Cove Inn is a small Tudor mansion in the old town area of Dartmouth – a good cream tea in a place with plenty of atmosphere.
Sun Bay Hotel, Hope Cove – The cream tea was ‘OK’ but the service was very poor, definitely not recommended.