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5 of the best Cornish cream teas to try this summer

One of the many joys of summer is the cream tea. But can Cornwall claim the crown as the cream tea capital of the UK? Judge for yourself by trying our 5 top recommended Cornish cream teas.

The cream tea; that luscious plateful of everything your diet forbids, dressed up in the garb of a genteel English summer treat. Bliss. While Devon and Cornwall battle for supremacy in the cream tea wars, we pick 5 of our favourite places near to Deerpark to enjoy the singular delights of the Cornish cream tea.


Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, Lostwithiel

Best Cream Tea with a castle view

The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery at Lostwithiel, is just 5 miles from Deerpark. Personally recommended by Stuart, our General Manager at Deerpark, it has a fantastic tearoom which majors on local produce and almost everything you eat is homemade on the premises. They do a wonderful cream tea with large homemade fruit, plain or cheese scones and, when the weather is kind, you can sit on the terrace and enjoy the views of 13th century Restormel Castle in the distance.

Duchy of Cornwall Nursery

The view from the Duchy of Cornwall nursery


Martins Dairy in Looe

Best Cornish cream tea to take away (or not)

This local dairy and bakery shop is complemented by a pleasing café where huge homemade scones are served with lashings of local jam and the dairy’s own clotted cream. Eat in, or bring your scones and cream back to your cabin for a woodland cream tea.  The happy combination of bakery and dairy producer puts Martin’s in pole position for the best Cornish cream teas in the county.

Ingredients for a perfect Cornish cream tea

Fresh baked scones (preferably using a secret family recipe)

Real Fruit Jam (jam first, or it’s a Devon Cream Tea)

A generous dollop of  Cornish clotted cream (accept no impostors)

English tea (served in dainty china cups)

Sunshine, vintage bunting, wobbly tables and lazy wasps


Bean and Scone in Polperro

Best for puns with your scones

We had to include Bean and Scone, not just for their wordplay but for their variety of gorgeous homemade scones. If you want something a little adventurous, you must try the apple scones, or how about a savoury cream tea?  This quaint little café in Polperro, just down the road from Deerpark, has been (or bean?) serving satisfied customers since 2005.




Camel Trail Tea Garden near Bodmin

Best outdoor cream tea

The Camel Trail is an 18 mile, largely traffic free path across Cornwall, with not a camel on it (it follows the River Camel). This delightful tea garden is situated on the trail half way between Wadebridge and Bodmin and although it is our most distant recommendation, it is still just 15 miles from Deerpark. Set in a beautiful apple orchard and various pretty terraces it is the perfect spot for a cream tea on a summer afternoon.


Black Rock Café near Looe

Best beachside cream tea

At Black Rock Café you can enjoy a delicious cream tea with a stunning sea view. It is situated almost on the beach at Millendreath, near Looe and as well as serving traditional Cornish cream teas it has a tempting menu of restaurant quality dishes. It is popular in the holidays so it pays to reserve a table.

Book your Deerpark cabin today and try out our cream tea recommendations. We’re happy to report that you can get a cream tea for two at the Forest Retreat too. Don’t forget to let us know your favourites on our Facebook page.