Tea – that soul-reviving, heart-warming, toe-curling liquid of wonder. Although it wasn’t actually until the mid-17th century that tea made its way to Britain (it’s dated as far back as the third millennium BC in China), tea has well and truly established itself in our homes and in our hearts.
Have you ever been on holiday in continental Europe or America, and tried to get a decent cup of tea? It’s just not quite the same. Fortunately, in England we’ve hit the proverbial nail on the head. We get tea. And, thanks to Tregothnan Estate in South West Cornwall, we now even grow our own tea. Tregothnan – we are forever in your debt.
In the South West alone we are lucky enough to have hundreds of amazing tea shops and cafes which provide fantastic service, food, atmosphere – and tea. But, being in the South West, we are also blessed with some spectacular locations. So, we thought what better way to spend an afternoon or day combining both?
Here are five top tea spots where you can enjoy first-rate cuppas whilst soaking in some beautiful sites.
Located right on the beach front, guests take their tea with spectacular views of Blackpool Sands. With the ocean edge a mere stroll away, there is even a swimmer-friendly zone for those who can’t resist taking a dip.
A short walk from the stunning Pendower Beach, Melinsey Mill is hidden away in beautiful Cornish woodland. Enjoy your tea in this intriguing place, and leave feeling totally charmed.
Offering views of Lyme Bay and the stunning Jurassic Coast, The Hive Beach Cafe is a real gem. Take your tea in the cafe, or order to go and take a stroll along the beach - you won’t be disappointed.
Nestled in the middle of Cardinham Woods, guests can enjoy the magical quality of this beautiful location before heading to the cafe for some freshly baked treats and steaming hot tea. Perfect.
Take your tea looking out over one of the most painted and photographed beaches in the South West. Sit back, take a sip, and let the scenery do the talking.