A visit to Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without a Cornish cream tea! We pick 14 of the best places to tuck into the quintessential British treat; delicious scones, cream and jam and washed down with copious amounts of tea and coffee…
Watergate Bay Hotel
Situated in Newquay, you can find the 20th century Watergate Bay Hotel. Cosy up on the hotel’s Living Space balcony and admire the beautiful north Cornwall waves roll in while tucking into a delicious cream tea, complete with Rodda’s cream. The Living Space is a relaxing and comfy diner in the hotel with picturesque sea views at your disposal; perfect for having a catch up with friends.
Home to beautiful floral displays and exotic plants is Madron’s Trengwainton Gardens. After a day of exploring the scenic gardens, why not drop by the tea room where you can tuck into a couple of scones with indulgent clotted cream and fruity jam alongside a warming cuppa. Perhaps you’d like to try the savoury cream tea with cream cheese and chutney – yum!
National Trust tea room, Boscastle
Located not too far from the main harbour in Boscastle is the National Trust’s shop, a welcoming spot where you can pick up souvenirs, gifts and foodie treats. Order a cream tea to enjoy in the blissful sunshine while your four-legged friend rests their legs for a while.
Old Quay House Hotel, Fowey
Fowey is home to this Cornish delight, the Old Quay House Hotel, based in a Victorian building with 11 luxury rooms and an esteemed restaurant. Indulge in a classic Cornish cream tea whilst enjoying front row seats to the beautiful estuary. Later on, take a stroll along the quaint shops that line the streets of the Cornish town. There are plenty of souvenirs to pick up for loved ones (or perhaps a gift to treat yourself)!
Miss V’s Cream Tea, St Just In Roseland
Miss V’s is home to a variety of delicious cakes and bakes to be tasted by you! On a summer’s day, pack a hamper and don’t forget to stop by to pick up some exquisite Cornish scones, clotted cream and jam to enjoy by the coast alongside a glass of much-deserved bubbly.
The Cabin Café, Crackington Haven
Head to the heart of Crackington Haven and there you will find The Cabin Café, a charming, family-run eatery. This North Cornwall gem is the perfect place to cure your cream tea craving with stunning views of the countryside and the cattle that roam it.
Tall Ships Creamery, Charlestown
Although they are renowned for their award-winning ice creams, sorbets and other frozen treats, they also serve delicious cream teas. The family run business is a quaint stop off for those walking down to the historic harbour to spend the day admiring the ships and boats or to unwind on the shingled beach.
Rectory Tearooms, Crosstown
Nestled in the greenery on the North Cornish countryside is the Rectory Tearooms, a 13th century spot full of character. Home to award-winning cream teas but also known for their delicious homemade cakes, tasty jams and chutney and more. They cater for all specialist diets, just ask! Drop by after a coastal walk and on a warmer day, take a seat in the garden to soak up the sunshine.
Coast Coffee Bar and Bistro, Lizard
Right in the heart of The Lizard is the Cornish gem of the Coast Coffee Bar and Bistro, the perfect place to relax after a peaceful stroll around the southern village with your four-legged friend. Tuck into heavenly Cornish cream tea with jam first then cream alongside a much-needed cup of tea. On a sunnier day, why not step out onto the patio and enjoy the sunshine with friends while enjoying a catch up.
The Fern Pit Café, Newquay
Open seasonally from March until October, the Fern Pit Café and Ferry is a charming spot to unwind with a delicious Cornish cream tea. When the sun comes out we recommend that you spend time on the terraced tea garden where you can admire the stunning views over Crantock beach.
Yummy Scrummy Bakery, Par
Living up to its namesake, this place definitely is yummy scrummy with a delectable variety of sweet treats and savouries! Join them on their themed nights and have a laugh with friends while tucking into the homemade cakes. You can find this family run café in the picturesque village of Par in southern Cornwall.
The Waymarker, Falmouth
Visit The Waymarker for a great day out with loved ones as you tuck into delicious food especially those Cornish cream teas – tasty! You’ll be spoilt for choice as this restaurant is the home of tea including traditional cream teas alongside savoury and chocolate choices too. There are gluten-free options available here too, why not try the butternut squash and maple flavour?
Jam Pot Café, Gwithian
Nestled on the west Cornwall coast is the Jam Pot, a place known for its delicious cakes and savouries, all of which can be enjoyed in the garden. Before heading to the beach for the afternoon make sure you order cream teas from this delightful café and top them with lots of cream and flavoursome jam.
Chrissy’s Tearoom, Perranporth
After a peaceful stroll along the soft, golden sands of Perranporth Beach, treat yourself to a visit to Chrissy’s Tearoom. Chrissy’s is a authentic café offering plenty of homemade cakes, delicious lunches and freshly made hot beverages. We recommend that you visit and try their moreish scones to be covered with Cornwall’s best clotted cream and tasty jam.
Written by Georgia Atkins