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Can you get anything more British than lashings of jam and clotted cream spread on a crumbly scone paired with a hot cup of tea? The last Friday in June is National Cream Tea Day – a day where you can indulge in this tradition without any guilt, especially when given the licence to indulge yourself since you’re on holiday!

Take a look at our ‘baker’s dozen’ to whet your appetite. This ‘cream of the crop’ are all within an easy drive of our Devon holiday cottages. Alphabetically listed – there are no favourites here…
 
Our criteria? Freshly baked scones (pronounced ‘scoanes’ here), slatherings of clotted cream, home-made jam and a steaming pot of tea. Oh, and a lovely setting of course. Let cream tea season commence – just be sure to put the cream on before the jam or you’ll be on the first trawler back to Padstow!

1 Bumble and Bee, Exmouth

Devon Cream Teas: Bumble and Bee, Exmouth

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Nestling in the beautiful Manor Gardens, and just off the beach, Bumble and Bee is an award-winning ‘hive’ of activity. Its quirky interior with arty sketches on the walls makes it a welcoming and homely bolthole to relax. Indulge in a sensational cream tea with exactly the right amount of crumble, flavour and Devonshire clotted cream. Their honey and lavender scones, using lavender from the gardens and honey from beehives along the coast, received a ‘Great Taste’ award in 2014. Breathe in the sea air, let the kids break free in the gardens and get stuck in!
Find out more: Manor Gardens, Exmouth EX8 1BB; bumbleandbee.co.uk
Where to stay nearby: Our East Devon cottages are within a 30 minute drive.

2 Corn Dolly Tea Shop, North Devon

Devon Cream Teas: Corn Dolly, South Molton, Devon

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Forget the shape you get everywhere else, these scones are unique! The Corn Dolly’s warm homemade scones are cut into huge wedges and served with jam and lashings of locally sourced clotted cream. Or try their flavoured scone of the week, such as delicious apple and cinnamon. Situated in the pleasant market town of South Molton, the Corn Dolly is a small family run business that’s been serving some of the best cream teas in North Devon for nearly 30 years.
Find out more: 115A East Street, South Molton EX36 3DB; corndollyteashop.co.uk
Where to stay nearby: Less than 10 minutes from Woodland Cottage and less than half an hour’s drive from our cottages at West Hollowcombe Farm

3 Hele Corn Mill and Tea Room, North Devon

Devon Cream Teas: Hele Corn Mill, Devon

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Three times winner of Devon Life’s ‘Best Tearoom’ Award, Hele Corn Mill is a unique working watermill dating back to 1525. Just 300m from stunning Hele Bay beach on the scenic North Devon coast, it’s a truly wonderful location for a traditional treat. Discover some different variations on the traditional cream tea in the mill’s tea room including the traditional, the Devonshire Split and the Thunder and Lightning, where golden syrup replaces strawberry jam.
Find out more: Corn Mill Close, Hele EX34 9QY; helecornmill.com
Where to stay nearby: Stay at Woodland Cottage and our cottages at West Hollowcombe Farm

4 Nelly May’s Parlour, North Devon

Devon Cream Teas: Nelly May's, Ilfracombe, Devon

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Opened in July 2015, the cream teas at Nelly May’s Parlour in Ilfracombe are fast building a reputation as among the best in North Devon. This traditional tearoom, dating back to Tudor times, oozes with olde worlde character and charm. Their scones, made with organic flour and free range eggs, are accompanied by a wide selection of home-made jams such as Strawberry, Rasberry, Blackcurrant, Blueberry and Brandy.
Find out more: 63 High St, Ilfracombe EX34 9QE; nellymays.co.uk
Where to stay nearby: Stay at Woodland Cottage and our cottages at West Hollowcombe Farm

5 Oak Barn Coffee Shop, East Devon

Devon Cream Teas: Oak Barn Furnishings, Devon

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For a cream tea with a difference, why not try a large, home-made Cherry Bakewell scone, swelling with almond and cherry flavour? Head to Oak Barn coffee lounge and furniture shop situated in the countryside on the outskirts of the beautiful East Devon seaside town of Budleigh Salterton. The mild clotted cream, strawberry jam and loose leaf teas add to the experience. Accompanied by a three-phase tea timer (weak, moderate or strong) you can be sure when to lift out the leaves! No ‘scone’ is left unturned here.
Find out more: Knowle Hill, Budleigh Salterton EX9 7AL; oakbarnfurnishings.com
Where to stay nearby: Our East Devon cottages are within a 20-30 minute drive.

6 Otterton Mill Tearoom, East Devon

Devon Cream Teas: Otterton Mill, Devon

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Indulge in the delights of Otterton Mill, an award winning café, bakery and food shop set in the ancient mill on the banks of the peaceful River Otter. With the mill stream babbling quietly alongside, it’s a glorious setting to sit down and relax with a cream tea or two! They produce fine organic scones made fresh every day using their finest mill-produced flour, with the all-important accompaniments locally sourced. Widely acclaimed as one of the best cream teas in Devon, it’s pooch-friendly too. So treat your pet to a lovely walk following the river to the coastal town of Budleigh Salterton afterwards!
Find out more: Otterton, near Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG; ottertonmill.com
Where to stay nearby: Our East Devon cottages are within a 14-25 minute drive.

7 Royal Oak Farm, East Devon

Devon Cream Teas: Royal Oak Farm, Devon

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Royal Oak Farm has a small tearoom alongside a traditional pick-your-own fruit farm. Their gorgeous farm shop is packed to the brim with locally-grown produce and meat reared within just a few miles. All scones are freshly baked each morning and served with local clotted cream, a pot of tea and home-made jam produced from the strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants grown on-site. Their cream teas are award winning – the most recent awarded by This England magazine. Enjoy a cream tea in front of the log fire in the olde worlde tea rooms during winter or relax in the pleasant gardens and marquee in summer months.
Find out more: Cotleigh, Honiton EX14 9LF; royaloakfarm.co.uk
Where to stay nearby: Seriously indulge at our wonderful East Devon cottages, all within a 20-30 minute drive.

8 Salty Monk Restaurant, East Devon

Devon Cream Teas: Salty Monk, Devon

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The Salty Monk Restaurant, situated in the Sid Valley, just one mile from Sidmouth in East Devon, is a former salt house used by the Benedictine monks who traded salt at Exeter Cathedral. Their cream teas are served with made-to-order scones, a selection of delicious home-made preserves and a choice of over 22 loose leaf teas, with fresh clotted cream coming from the nearby Yarty Valley.
Find out more: Church Street, Sidford, Sidmouth EX10 9QP; saltymonk.co.uk
Where to stay nearby: Just 10-20 minutes’ drive from our East Devon cottages.

9 Southern Cross Tea Rooms, East Devon

Devon Cream Teas: Southern Cross Tea Rooms, Sidmouth, Devon

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The Southern Cross Tea Rooms in the tiny town of Newton Poppleford, near Sidmouth, are a favourite cream tea spot in East Devon’s heartland. Serving traditional Devonshire cream teas within the quirky 18th century thatched cottage or charming walled country garden, Southern Cross is rated as one of the Top 10 places for cream teas in Devon and Cornwall. Their cream teas come with warm large home-made scones served with ‘mountains’ of local clotted cream, the trademark of the tea rooms’ founder, an eccentric Irish actress called Eileen McKenna in the 1950s.
Find out more: Newton Poppleford, Near Sidmouth EX10 ODU; southerncrossdevon.co.uk
Where to stay nearby: Our East Devon cottages are within a 7-20 minute drive.

10 Tea on the Green Café, North Devon

The Tea on the Green at Westward Ho! offers a wonderfully unique cream tea experience; it names its cream teas after famous movie stars… The Hepburn, The Grant and The Taylor! This little Hollywood 50’s themed café, with matching music, has one of the best positions by the North Devon coast, opposite the village green. Served with lashings of cream and jam, you’ll need a walk along the beach to work it off afterwards.
Find out more: Golf Links Road, Westward Ho! EX39 1LH; teaonthegreen.net
Where to stay nearby: Stay at Woodland Cottage and our cottages at West Hollowcombe Farm

11 Tea on the Green, Exeter

The Tea on the Green, as the name suggests, is located on the green overlooking Exeter’s Norman-Gothic cathedral and the surrounding cobbled streets. Cream teas can be enjoyed inside the two-floored café, complete with quirky décor and stunning window views, or outside by the Cathedral Green. Home-made scones, clotted cream, a selection of jams, loose leaf tea and people-watching! What’s not to like?
Find out more: 2 Cathedral Close, Exeter EX1 1EZ; teaonthegreen.com
Where to stay nearby: Our East Devon cottages are perfect for exploring the delights of Exeter.

12 The Old Forge Caffé, Dartmoor

Originally built as a blacksmith’s forge in the 1800s, The Old Forge has an abundance of character and a welcoming and warm atmosphere. Nestled in gorgeous countryside, in the heart of the traditional village of Chagford, it’s the perfect place to put your feet up and enjoy a cream tea whilst visiting the Dartmoor National Park. Teas here include two large scones, locally produced cream and award-winning jam.
Find out more: 6 The Square, Chagford TQ13 8AB; theoldforgechagford.co.uk
Where to stay nearby: Our East Devon cottages are perfect for exploring the delights of Exeter.

12 The Welcome Café, Exeter Quay

Devon Cream Teas: The Welcome Café, Exeter Quay, Devon

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A short walk from Exeter Quay, and overlooking the picturesque Trews Weir and canal locks on the River Exe, is the Welcome Café. Cream teas are served with tasty home-made scones and a selection of jams. Inside, its dining rooms are a quirky mix of art and comfortable furniture, and to the rear there’s an attractive and sunny sheltered outdoor garden for al fresco cream teas!
Find out more: Haven Banks, Water Lane, Exeter EX2 8DU; facebook.com/TheWelcomeCafeExeter
Where to stay nearby: Our East Devon cottages are half an hour’s drive from Exeter Quay.

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