12 of the best places for cream tea in Devon
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Whether you have strawberry or raspberry jam on your scones, or prefer Earl Grey to English breakfast tea, we’ve found 12 of the best tearooms that Devon has to offer
1) Hidden Treasure Tea Room, Exeter, Fore Street
A little gem in the heart of Exeter. The Hidden Treasure tea room is situated on Fore Street, only 200 from the infamous House That Moved, and is the perfect stop off for those touring the city gates.
China crockery, elegant cutlery and a warm, friendly atmosphere will await you on arrival. This vintage tea room excels in providing delicious home made cakes and a range of fine teas and coffee.
2) Otterton Mill, Budleigh Salterton
Otterton Mill in the heart of Devon is a glorious setting to sit down and relax with a cream tea or two. Their scones are made fresh every day using their finest flour milled on site, with the all important accompaniments sourced only 30 miles away.
Also baking speciality breads such as, granary, spelt and rye, you will not find anything as fresh as these. So if you are either walking, cycling or running alongside the River Otter, go and indulge in the delights of Otterton Mill.
3) Chambercombe Manor, Ilfracombe
Chambercombe Manor is perfectly secluded from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Nestled into the valley close to the Heritage Coast of Ilfracombe, the manor is perfect for those who want to enjoy a homely and quaint atmosphere whilst sipping and eating tea and scones.
Although the manor is renowned for its haunted hallways, the atmosphere is certainly peaceful and it is hard to envisage such natural beauty, but the manor has it all.
4) Jolly Rogers, Exeter Quayside
Exeter’s quayside is renowned for its bespoke, historic atmosphere and has many restaurants and cafes to suit anybody’s taste buds. However, the Jolly Roger tearoom is the place to go for a mouth-watering tea delight.
The Cream Tea itself is a sight to die for, but when presented on Portmeirion and China tea cups it is even more splendid. With a vast array of different jams, flavoured scones and teas, the Jolly Roger certainly excels in the bid for the best Devon Cream Tea. Sitting in the charismatic interior and looking out on the quayside is the perfect way to spend your afternoon.
5) Fingle Bridge Inn, Drewsteignton
Perched on the banks of Fingle Bridge is an elegant Inn that serves not only the perfect cream tea, but also a memorable environment that will take your breath away.
After clambering the magnificent hills and (when in season) walking through the bluebell embankment, Fingle Bridge Inn will be at your disposal for a well earned break. A welcoming and friendly atmosphere will make you enjoy your cream tea that little bit more.
6) Southern Cross Guest House and Tea Rooms, Newton Poppleford
The Southern Cross Guest House and Tea Rooms has enjoyed an excellent reputation over the years and it continues to be hard to find anywhere more exquisite in Sidmouth to enjoy a cream tea.
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The Maple, Eucalyptus and Spruce trees permeate the grounds as you sit and enjoy freshly baked scones and Guernsey rich clotted cream.
7) Strand Tea Rooms, Plymouth Barbican
The Barbican is a delightfully atmospheric quarter that cultivates hundreds of years of history as cobbled streets line the surrounding area and along one of them stands Strand Tea Rooms.
Providing tantalising teas and a generous cream tea portion, as well as a view of Sutton Harbour, there’s plenty to delight all of your senses.
8) The Cream Tea Café, Church Lane, Barnstaple
Yards from the centre of Barnstaple lies The Cream Tea café and here you will find a taste of authentic Devon baking, in a fabulous setting.
Situated just off of the Tarka Trail, the café is a brilliant pit-stop for everyone. The all important tea and scones do not disappoint and with a generous helping of both, the traveller will certainly be energised and ready to carry on their adventures.
9) The Thatch, Croyde
Situated In the coastal village of Croyde and only a few hundred metres from one of the top surfing destinations in the South west, The Thatch is a great setting to wind down after a morning on the waves.
Recently celebrating 25 years of business, it has catered for many and strives to provide a great atmosphere to relax in. The Devon Cream tea will not be found anywhere as intriguing and exciting as The Thatch.
10) The Cottage Hotel, Hope Cove
With stunning views over Hope Cove and a delicious array of sweet treats to enjoy, The Cottage Hotel is a true South Devon gem.
Indulge in two warm scones with clotted cream and jam alongside a cup of tea before popping off to the beautiful nearby towns of Salcombe or Kingsbridge.
11) Tea on the Green, Exeter
Just footsteps away from the historic cathedral is Tea on the Green, a charming café in Exeter’s city centre. Stray away from tradition and mix it up with blackcurrant jam with your cream tea – yum!
In the warmer weather you can enjoy the atmosphere of the city centre while indulging in some moreish cream teas or a gluten-free alternative al fresco.
12) Hele Corn Mill
Set just 300m away from the stunning Hele Bay Beach, this mill and tea room has won the Devon Life Best Tearoom award four times – that’s just how highly we think of this incredible North Devon location.
All items are baked by the miller’s wife daily - much of which uses stone-ground flour from the on-site mill – making for wonderfully fresh sweet treats. With room for 25 people in their tearoom and seating for 45 others outside in the picturesque garden, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the county’s premium sites for cream tea.
This article was updated by Martha Griffiths in May 2021.