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5 of the best Cornish cream teas to try this summer

Our 5 top recommended Cornish cream teas

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The cream tea, one of the many joys of summer! That luscious plateful of everything your diet forbids, but can Cornwall claim the crown as the cream tea capital of the UK? While Devon and Cornwall battle for supremacy in the cream tea wars, we picked 5 of our favourite places around Deerpark to enjoy the singular delights of the Cornish cream tea. Judge for yourself and let’s put the battle of the cream teas to rest…

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Best cream tea with a castle view

Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, Lostwithiel

The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery at Lostwithiel, is just 5 miles from Deerpark. 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.

Tuck into tea and scone with a view of Restormel Castle

Best Cornish Cream Tea to take away

Martins Dairy in Looe

This local dairy and bakery 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 Dairy 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 is a Devon Cream Tea)
  • A generous dollop of Cornish clotted cream (accept no impostors)

Best for Puns With Your Scones

Bean and Scone in Polperro

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 their apple scones, or how about a savoury cream tea?  This quaint little café in Polperro, just down the road from Deerpark, has been serving satisfied customers since 2005.

Polperro harbour

Best outdoor Cream Tea

Camel Trail Tea Garden near Bodmin

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 halfway 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.

Best beachside Cream Tea

Black Rock Café near Looe

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 peak season, so it pays to reserve a table.

Book your cabin at Deerpark today and try out our cream tea recommendations. If you’re looking for something closer to your home away from home, we’re happy to report that you can also enjoy a cream tea for two at the Forest Retreat.

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