The best places for a Cornish cream tea holiday cottages

The best places for a Cornish cream tea

Simon L 29 June 2018

A visit to Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without indulging in a delicious cream tea, traditionally a pot or cup of tea, with homemade scones, clotted cream and jam. 

The cream tea is a staple of the Cornish diet, and a holiday to the region isn't complete without trying the sweet treat!

That's why we’ve picked some of the best places to enjoy this Cornish delight on your visit to the region - and don’t forget, it’s jam first!

Best cream tea in Cornwall:

Take a look at our Cornwall food guide for even more delicious inspiration and experience the best scones in Cornwall with a stay at one of our delightful holiday cottages.

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Dolly’s Tea Room and Wine Bar, Falmouth, West Cornwall


Charming Dolly's Tea Room and Wine Bar is set in a beautiful Georgian room in the centre of Falmouth

By day you can enjoy a scrumptious selection of homemade cakes, cream teas and exotic brews. 

In the evening this lovely tea room transforms into a candlelit bar serving tapas and wine and there is the delightful sound of the piano playing vintage tunes.

Take a look at our Falmouth food guide for a round-up of the best places to eat in Falmouth.  

Falmouth cottages

Camel Trail Tea Garden, Nr Bodmin, North Cornwall

Cornish cream tea

Camel Trail Tea Garden is a little gem located halfway between Wadebridge and Bodmin along the Camel Trail. 

Bodmin cottages

Set directly off the path and within a beautiful apple orchard, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a well-earned rest and a spot of Cornish cream tea complete with oven fresh scones, clotted cream and local jam.

Wadebridge cottages

The Searoom, St Ives, West Cornwall

St Ives

Indulge in a cream tea experience with a spectacular St Ives sea view at The Searoom

This delightful spot boasts a fantastic menu from breakfast through to dinner and offers a scrummy Cornish cream tea to compliment your visit. 

Tuck into tasty Searoom scones, Boddington’s strawberry jam and Rodda’s clotted cream topped off with a pot of English breakfast loose leaf tea - heaven!

St Ives cottages

Pauline's Creamery, Newquay, North Cornwall


A firm favourite in popular Newquay with locals and visitors alike is the delightful cream tea at Pauline’s Creamery

Not only can you tuck into home-baked scones, Rodda’s clotted cream, local jam and a pot of tea, but there are also plenty of other delights to choose including spectacular homemade cakes, pasties and sandwiches.

Newquay cottages

The Weir, Bude, North Cornwall

Cornish cream tea with jam and clotted cream

This lovely Bude bistro prides itself on offering fresh seasonal produce whilst supporting the local community. 

The Weir is not just a café and bistro, it’s an interactive wildlife centre too, perfect for kids. 

The pretty location means you can also enjoy views over the lake and soak up the sunshine in the garden or patio area (weather permitting) whilst delving into a delicious Cornish cream tea or their mouth-watering menu. 

Bude cottages

Martin's Dairy, Looe, South Cornwall


Freshly baked in-house and smothered in masses of tasty clotted cream and jam, Martin’s Dairy is an ideal spot to indulge in a Cornish cream tea in Looe

Not only can you enjoy this Cornish delight, but there are also plenty of homemade goodies to take home including pasties, cakes and pastries, all freshly made each day.

Looe cottages

What is the Cornish way to eat a cream tea?

Cornish cream tea scones

The Cornish way to eat a cream tea is to:

  1. split the warm scone in two
  2. spread with strawberry jam first
  3. top off with a spoonful of clotted cream

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Fancy visiting Cornwall to try one of these tasty treats yourself? Take a look at our range of self-catering cottages to find the perfect accommodation for you, whichever one you choose to go to!

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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