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Top 5 Cornish cream teas

If you’re visiting Cornwall indulging in a cream tea is practically mandatory!

Here are five of our favourite spots to treat your taste buds to a Cornish cream tea. Just remember, jam first then the cream…

Before you get stuck into the tasty treats, why not browse our collection of Cornish holiday cottages?

1. Chrissy’s Tearoom

Enjoy a classic cream tea on the coast at Chrissy's Tearoom in Cornwall.

Image credit: Chrissy's Tearoom

Looking for a cream tea on the coast? Look no further than Chrissy’s Tearoom. Situated just up from the beach in Perranporth, this is a fab little gem which could be easily missed if you weren’t looking for it. Inside, the tearoom has a fun retro vibe and is always absolutely spotless. You’ll find a range of homemade cakes, tasty lunches and freshly brewed tea. But best of all? Treat yourself to a High Tea and indulge in large but light scones slathered in cream and topped with strawberries. What could be better?


2. Polpeor Cafe

Polpeor cafe benefits from panoramic views off Lizard Point.

If you’re after a Cornish cream tea with a side of seaside views, head to Polpeor Cafe. The country’s most southerly cafe (on mainland UK), here you’ll find plenty of proper grub including gargantuan pasties, fish and chips and wedges of Victoria sponge. The cream tea is delicious and enjoyed whatever the weather is doing outside – from the sun brightening up the Atlantic Ocean to sipping your tea and watching a storm brew. It’s also dog-friendly and right on the South West Coast Path, so perfect for Rover. 


3. Woods Cafe 

Woods make a splendid cream tea and are based in Cardinham Woods in north Cornwall.

Image credit: Woods Cafe

Deep in Cardinham Woods (though conveniently close to the car park) you’ll find a family run, independent cafe that does a splendid cream tea. Staunch advocates of fresh and local ingredients, the scones are baked fresh each morning and absolutely delicious with a pot of Cornish Tregothnan tea or locally roasted Yallah coffee. The cafe is family friendly and there is a nearby kid’s park to keep little ones occupied. It’s also dog-friendly and has loads of outside seating perfect for the warmer months. And in the winter? Snuggle up with a cream tea by the lovely roaring log fire.


4. Dolly’s Tea Room

Offering a twist on a cream tea, Dolly's have flowering teas alongside gin in teapots and a beautiful cafe dog.

Image credit: Dolly's Tea Room

Looking for a cosmopolitan Cornish cream tea? Head to Dolly’s Tea Room in the centre of Falmouth town for a sophisticated cream tea experience! This sweet tea room is set in a stunning Georgian building and serves up homemade cakes and cream teas with Illy coffee, Teapigs and a range of flowering exotic teas. Sit back and sip to the sounds of the piano where you might hear anything from Chopin to The Smiths being played. Browse the magazine collection or pick up a book to ponder. The tea room is dog-friendly and the resident yellow Labrador (Hebe) is always there!


5. The Cornish Vegan 

Don't forget it's jam then cream in Cornwall!

Vegan? No problem. Head to The Cornish Vegan in the Cornish capital of Truro where you’ll find a dazzlingly range of vegan delights from Buddha bowls to sausage rolls. The cream tea here is completely vegan (obviously!) and comes with two homemade scones, your choice of jam, coconut cream or butter and a pot of tea. The Cornish Vegan is also dog-friendly to boot.


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