Best Cream Teas in Cornwall
A county famed for its gastronomy and hospitality, Cornwall is jam-packed full of delectable afternoon tea options. In celebration of National Cream Tea Day - 28 June we have shortlisted the clotted crème de la crème of establishments offering high tea heaven.
If you’re looking for decadent and delicious in equal measure, set sail to The Idle Rocks in St Mawes. Afternoon Tea at this super-stylish, foodie hotel by the sea is classic combination of finger sandwiches, scones and sweet treats, with welcome savoury additions including cheese scones and vol au vents. Masterfully brought together by Head Chef Guy Owen, each course arrives as a beautifully presented piece of art served on fine vintage crockery. An extra special treat to truly savour, The Idle Rocks Hotel Afternoon Tea is best experienced at a leisurely pace. Give yourself the whole afternoon to sit back in the luxurious surrounds soaking up the stunning open views out to sea.
The Falmouth Hotel is positioned in the prime location to enjoy breathtaking sea views. A Victorian chateau-style building, The Falmouth Hotel has a real sense of history woven into the striking architecture and has even welcomed royalty, as one of the most glamorous and iconic hotels in the county. Enjoy the traditional high tea with and a truly scrumptious selection of cakes and sandwiches or let the fun be-gin by booking the Afternoon Tea with a G & T. This menu includes a gin and tonic a selection of sandwiches, hand-made scones, strawberry preserve, Cornish clotted cream, Lime Macaroons, cucumber cake with gin icing & sloe gin and elderflower jelly and custard. Kids afternoon tea also available.
For high tea by the sea, you can’t get much closer than The Greenbank Hotel. Situated right on the waters-edge with sweeping views, private pontoons and irresistible interiors this hotel is the ideal setting for a super stylish get together. Catering for every kind of every taste The Greenbank offer a divine choice of Afternoon Tea options. Perhaps the sweetest of all is the Chocoholics Afternoon tea complete with Finger sandwiches, chocolate chip scones, strawberry jam, clotted cream, chocolate brownie, chocolate muffin, chocolate tartlet, chocolate eclair.
Hotel Tresanton is an iconic hotel and with good reason. Elegant interiors, panoramic sea views, luxury furnishings, impeccable service and cuisine unlike any other are what make Hotel Tresanton one of the most outstanding places to dine in Cornwall. Owned by famed hotelier and queen of style Olga Polizzi, The Tresanton provides the ideal setting for the most opulent of Afternoon Tea experiences.
Afternoon Tea at this beautifully unique, Grade II listed hotel offers a little slice of luxury away from the bustle of the city centre. Take high tea on the terrace in the summer or by the glowing embers of the fire in their cosy bar in the winter. Gauge into delicate macaroons, rich brownies and light cucumber sandwiches. All the cakes are homemade, including the scones, and the selection of sandwiches are freshly made. Oh and did we forget to mention? You’ll also get to sip upon a delicious glass of Champagne (or two) each to make things even more sophisticated!
Re-fuel after your adventures exploring the beautiful National Trust Trelissick with cream tea at Crofter Cafe. Whether you’ve meandered your way through the sub-tropical garden or trekked across acres of countryside, this delightful courtyard cafe offers the perfect location for a well-earned bite to eat, locally sourced, freshly prepared.
Afternoon Cream Tea at country house hotel by the sea is something very special to behold. Served daily for residents in the lounge at 4pm, when the Dining Table in the Drawing Room is set out with a selection of home-made scones, jams and cream, A cake is baked daily and homemade shortbread is always available and a choice of teas are served. In the summer Afternoon Tea spills out onto the cocktail bar terrace overlooking the gardens, making the most of the sea views. In the winter the log fires ensure you enjoy the sea view from the comfort of your armchair.
Miss V’s is located on the ‘Old Nursery’ grounds next to the beautiful St Just-in-Roseland church. It’s set amongst semi-tropical gardens on the riverbank of the Fal estuary and is easily accessed from the coastal path to St Mawes. They have outside seating and a Gazebo for shelter from rain or sun. Their cream teas are highly regarded and they were listed on Cornwall Life’s Top 5 Cream Teas in Cornwall. Miss V’s traditional Cornish cream tea comes with freshly baked homemade scones, homemade jam and Trewithen Dairy Cornish cream.