Posted 7 March 2018 by
Traditional Cornish cream tea is the cream of the high teas, featuring home-made scones with lashings of jam and fresh clotted cream. Should you put the jam on first, or the cream? We think it's down to personal taste, so we've found six tea rooms (and there are plenty more) where you can make up your own mind. Delicious!
Miss V's Cornish Cream Tea
Pretty St Just-in-Roseland is the perfect setting for a Cornish cream tea. Miss V's homemade scones and jam get rave reviews from everyone we know who's been there, and the selection of cakes (made with quality local produce, of course) is mind-boggling. They can even lay on a vintage tea party for your group – what a wonderful holiday memory!
@MissVsVintageHighTea, 07500 418504, open 10.30-5
Melinsey Mill, Veryan-in-Roseland
A character countryside haven where you can take your tea and scones (or cake) into the cottage garden, where there's a lovely rustic shelter just in case, or snuggle indoors around the woodburner. Stroll round the pretty mill pond, spot wildlife and birds and seek out the owner's quirky willow sculptures – this is an arts and crafts space too.
Melinseymill.co.uk, 01872 501049, open April-Oct, Tues-Sun 10-5.30, also open Mondays in July-Aug and bank holidays
Tregairewoon Farm Kitchen, Portscatho
Enjoy a traditional Cornish cream tea from this delightful farmhouse kitchen near Trewithian. Menus and opening times vary so check website or take pot luck, you won't be disappointed – you can even order mouthwatering cakes or home-cooked ready meals to take back to your holiday cottage.
tregairewoonfarmkitchen.co.uk, 07967 826405, open Tues-Sat 10-4
Roseland Farmhouse Tea Room, Castlezens Farm
Afternoon high tea is the highlight here and they pride themselves on using locally-sourced, quality ingredients. You'll find freshly-made farmhouse sandwiches, home-made cakes and of course Cornish cream teas. It's wise to book for groups or special occasions and they run a fresh sandwich delivery service on weekdays.
Located between Tregony and Veryan, 07866 547385, open Sat-Sun 11.30-5
The Thirstea Company, St Anthony
Find their friendly van (called Earl) at Porth Farm on the Roseland Peninsula, just metres from Towan Beach on the South West Coast Path - so it's a handy stop for long-distance walkers or those doing the circular route around St Anthony Head. A daily-changing menu of fresh cakes and bakes, including warm pasties and cream teas with locally-made jam with a fabulous sea view.
thethirsteacompany.co.uk, 01872 581898, open Mon-Thurs 11-5, Sat-Sun 10-5
The Nare Hotel, Veryan-in-Roseland
After a day on Carne Beach why not pop into the nearby Nare Hotel for a treat? Non-residents can tuck into a selection of teas with the full scones, jam and clotted cream, or perhaps a slice of homemade cake or shortbread, in the Quarterdeck cafe.
narehotel.co.uk, 01872 501111, open daily.