24th June marks the celebration of homemade scones (fastest cake in the world), thick clotted cream, sweet strawberry jam and a cup of tea. It’s National Cream Tea Day and you couldn’t really get much more British to be honest. Perhaps Pimms and cucumber sandwiches are a notable rival. Or maybe fish and chips enjoyed sitting on a sea wall. But there is something wonderfully British, actually English, nay Devonian about the cream tea.
Yes, we think it’s Devonian. And that means putting the clotted cream on FIRST and then the jam on top. There should be a tax for people that get it all wrong whilst in this fair county. Seriously.
So where to find a cream tea in Salcombe?
The Bakehouse and Cranch’s Pantry
For a delicious DIY option we recommend buying freshly made scones and homemade jam from the finest bakery in the south hams – The Bakehouse in Salcombe. And then pop over the road to Cranch’s Pantry for a plentiful supply of clotted cream. It’s important not to scrimp on this rich, creamy, decadent number. And if you fancy keeping the tea local we recommend buying some Plymouth Tea (their Mayflower blend is a perfect for a cream tea!)
For something a little different why not enjoy a cream tea on the high sea?! Jump aboard a 44ft yacht for a luxury experience you will not forget. Take in the stunning Salcombe coastline amidst a jam-filled sugar rush. NB: you can switch tea for champagne!
On the terrace of the South Sands Hotel
Sitting on the terrace of the South Sands Hotel is a total pleasure as you are hovering above the beach with glorious views over the estuary. For entertainment, you can watch the ferry and sea tractor keeping busy as you enjoy warm homemade scones and homemade jam. This is one of the best cream tea’s in Salcombe (in our humble jammy opinion).