Fancy something sweet? Cornwall’s cream teas are world famous. And with an abundance of local ingredients on our doorstep, it’s no surprise that you’ll find cream teas on many Cornish menus.
A holiday highlight for many, it’s absolutely imperative you enjoy this Cornish delicacy the right way, and that can only be jam first. Here we round up our favourite places – from Falmouth cafes to luxury hotels – to enjoy a cream tea in Falmouth.
If you fancy a touch of luxury, the award-winning Water’s Edge restaurant at The Greenbank Hotel is the perfect setting for a cream tea in Falmouth. Overlook Falmouth harbour, tuck into a homemade plain scone, with Boddington’s strawberry jam and Rodda’s clotted cream. You’ll get a pot of loose leaf tea or coffee of your choice, and there’s even a vegan option with whipped oat cream instead of clotted.
A special occasion? The Greenbank Hotel is well known for its afternoon tea, if you fancy pushing the boat out.
Sit back and watch harbour life at The Pier Falmouth. A dog-friendly café in Falmouth, The Pier’s Cornish cream tea consists of a plain and fruit scone, which are freshly baked on site each morning, served with strawberry jam and Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream. Need extra helpings? No problem, the friendly staff are always happy to top up.
This highly-rated family-run Falmouth café Koffiji is popular with visitors and locals alike. Positioned opposite the National Maritime Museum down on the harbour, it’s a great spot to enjoy a Cornish cream tea. Served on sweet wooden boards, you’ll get a fluffy scone, jam and cream, and if the sun is shining there’s a selection of tables outside, where dogs can join in on the celebrations too.
Fuel, a relaxed Falmouth café is another favourite for a cream tea. Situated on popular Arwenack Street, proud servers of Cornish coffee and loose-leaf tea, you’ll get a tasty homemade scone, jam and cream! Another dog-friendly place to eat, there are a small selection of tables outside, which is a great spot to watch the world go by.
For a cream tea to remember, tucked away in the sub-tropical gardens of the stunning creek-side church of St Just in Roseland, is Miss V’s. A destination café, think vintage plates and pretty cups, large scone fresh from the oven with lashings of clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam, served with a hot pot of Cornish Tea Company.
A dog-friendly café near Falmouth, it’s such a tranquil spot to visit. You could make more of a trip out of it, and catch the St Mawes Ferry from Falmouth, from there you’ll need to hop on a Go Cornwall Bus, which goes every 50 minutes.
Five miles outside of Falmouth sits Hotel Meudon in Mawnan Smith. The perfect spot for a British classic cream tea, this charming hotel is set in nine acres with sub-tropical gardens and its own private beach Bream Cove.
Scones are baked daily, and a Cornish cream tea is traditionally served with fruit and plain scones, plenty of clotted cream and jam, plus tea or coffee. Or if you’re feeling extra fancy why not book in for an afternoon tea, which you can enjoy in the garden, the drawing room or on the bridge, which looks out over the gardens.
Not far from Falmouth, Trebah Gardens and its 26 acres of footpaths and sub-tropical valley garden full of rhododendrons, camellias, magnolia and hydrangeas await. A great Falmouth day out, why not opt for a cream tea while you’re there? At Trebah Kitchen, you’ll get a fruit and plain scone, strawberry jam and of course, Cornish clotted cream, just the refuel needed to explore the gardens.
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