There are certain things you simply must do when you visit Devon. Having a proper Devon cream tea is one of them. It doesn’t matter if you’re older or younger, a regular holidaymaker, a backpacker or even a visiting hipster: the Devon cream tea is non-negotiable.


What makes the Devon cream tea an essential component for anyone visiting the area? It’s the winning combination of tradition and sheer indulgence. You’ve not really experienced decadence until you’ve munched on a Devon-baked scone topped with jam and clotted cream. All washed down with the archetypal British drink, tea.

But you might ask, where should I go to experience the archetypal cream tea; are there not numerous places offering this up? True, the cream tea is something of an institution in these parts, so for reasons of space, we’re only recommending a handful, based on the excellence of the produce and the beauty of the setting in which you can consume it.


Barnstaple’s Cream Tea Café does exactly what it says on the tin – freshly made food with locally-sourced ingredients, providing an ideal break for walkers on the Tarka Trail. The generous portions will provide suitable fuel for those continuing their trek.


The Sunday Times has sung the praises of the afternoon tea at Otterton Mill, and it is indeed a lovely setting to sample the delights baked on the premises. It’s beside the River Otter, in East Devon, and there’s an historic working water mill to go with the stunning scenery, and the food and drink of course.


The Southern Cross Guest House and Tea Rooms located near Sidmouth, in Newton Poppleford, provides a sumptuous cream tea with freshly baked scones generously crammed with clotted cream and jam. This can also be enjoyed in the confines of an exquisite walled, country garden, weather permitting.


In Plymouth you’ll find The Strand Tea Rooms, situated in an original Elizabethan building that overlooks the quay. It provides a friendly and charming setting where you can enjoy the delights of a traditional Devon cream tea right in the heart of Plymouth’s historic Barbican district.


On the banks of the Teign, in Dewsteignton, you’ll find the Fingle Bridge Inn. The setting is truly idyllic and the views breathtaking. Cream teas are served all afternoon, and if you feel you need to burn off the calories, you can easily explore the area on a number of walks starting from Fingle Bridge itself.


This is just a taster of what you can sample in Devon when it comes to the legendary cream tea; and wherever you choose to eat your scone, and however you decide what goes on first, the jam or the cream, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to make the most of your beautiful surroundings.