Top 5… Cornish Cream Teas

The Cornwall Food & Drink team select 5 of Cornwall's best cream teas for those in search of a real taste of Cornwall.

Smuggler’s Cottage and the Tea Bar, Tolverne, Fal River This 15th century cottage is considered to be one of the Fal River’s great beauty spots. As part of the Tregnothnan Estate, home of the only tea grown and brewed in England, the Tea Bar naturally boasts an extensive afternoon tea menu alongside its classic Cornish cream teas.  Serving warm, freshly baked scones with a pot of Tregothnan’s unique Kea plum jam and Rodda’s cream this hidden gem is nestled on the water’s edge. Visitors are welcome to moor at the private pontoon, or take the King Harry Ferry from Trelissick. Open every day from 12pm – 5pm. Tel 01972 580 309.


Woods Café, Cardinham Woods, near Bodmin Woods café is a charming centuries-old woodsman’s cottage set in the middle of Cardinham, a blissful woodland in the heart of Cornwall. There are woodland trails to suit everyone from children and families to hikers and mountain bikers. A cream tea in the idyllic Woods Café garden is the perfect way to relax after a walk or cycle. For something a little different try their savoury cream tea; cheese scones fresh from the oven served with lashings of cream cheese and onion relish. Open every day from 10.30am – 4.30am, call 01208 78111.


Margaret’s Rustic Tea Room, Northcott Mouth, Bude Situated in a quiet corner of a peaceful field in Northcott Mouth, just a stone’s throw from the sea, Margaret’s Rustic open air Tea Room is a welcome sight for walkers and beach-goers who’ve worked up an appetite. A rare find, coveted by locals and lucky tourists, Margaret has taken over from her mother, who hosted teatime delights here since the forties. Margaret serves cream teas and nibbles from this rustic caravan set in a beautiful garden complete with a quaint stream and bridge. One of Bude’s hidden secrets. Call 01288 355 241.


Covean Cottage, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly About as far from the madding crowd as you can get, this cottage garden with fresh picked scented English roses on the tables and a vintage collection of china teapots is a beautiful setting where you can’t help but unwind. Light, homemade scones, Cornish strawberry jam and rich, golden clotted cream made at Troytown Farm, Scilly’s only dairy, just up the lane, where you can see the small herd of Guernsey cows munching happily on lush green grass. Covean Cottage is open Tuesday through to Sunday from 11am – 4pm. Tel 01720 422 620.


New Yard, Trelowarren, Mawgan, Helston Trelowarren is an historic 1,000 acre private estate leading down to the Helford River. After a woodland walk you can sit back and relax in the estate’s New Yard restaurant where head chef Olly Jackson prides himself on sourcing the best local ingredients. Enjoy their large home-made scones with Rodda’s clotted cream, strawberry jam and a pot of tea. Afternoon tea is served Monday to Saturday from 3pm – 5pm. Tel 01326 221 595.