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It's National Cream Tea Day this June

Summer is here, and what better way to soak up the sunshine than by sitting in the garden with a succulent cream tea?

National Cream Tea Day is on Friday 28th June, and with a dedicated day in the calendar, it’s the perfect opportunity to indulge in the delicious, quintessentially British treat.

In our view, nothing could be better than golden scones fresh out of the oven, slathered with glossy jam and Cornish clotted cream on top.

But how did the cream tea come to be? Well, the history is somewhat disputed between rival counties Cornwall and Devon. It is thought that the cream tea originated in Tavistock, Devon, when the monks of Tavistock Abbey would make clotted cream and serve it with jam and bread to workers making repairs to the abbey, and travellers coming to the area.

Later, in 1662, it’s believed that Catherine de Braganza, wife of Charles II, introduced tea to England from her home country of Portugal, and our long-lasting love affair with the drink has continued ever since.

With the arrival of the railway in the mid-1800s, establishments opened to serve post or pre-travel refreshments to the incoming and outgoing tourists. Tea, scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream became a staple and thus brought about our country’s love of the traditional ‘cream tea’.

The ‘founding’ county of the cream tea, Devon, believes it should be assembled by spreading the cream first, then topping with jam, while Cornwall does the opposite: jam first, cream second.

The assembly of a cream tea has become something of an argument between Cornwall and Devon - which is the ‘proper way’? Well, if you’re anything like us, jam first is best, followed by a huge dollop of Cornish clotted cream. Sorry, Devonians!

If you fancy treating yourself to a cream tea away from home, why not take a look at these local businesses that offer a cracking spread?

The Snail's Pace cream tea

Snail’s Pace Cafe

Based on the edge of Bodmin Moor, with easy access to the Camel Trail, Snail's Pace Cafe is the perfect place to stop and refuel. Warm scones with jam and cream, paired with a hot cup of tea or perhaps something colder to cool you down, go down a treat here!

You can grab your cream tea during their opening hours: 9.30am-4.30pm Tuesday-Sunday and Mondays in the high season.

Miss V's cream tea

Miss V’s Cream Tea

Miss V’s Cream Tea can be found along Honey Street in the heart of Bodmin. Business owner Amy wanted to put the Cornish cream tea on the map by setting it at the forefront of the menu and creating a brand that people could trust. Visit the friendly team at their lovely independently-run bakery cafe between 9am-4pm.


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