“Love a Cream Tea” Day’s Out Cornwall

It amazes me how far we will travel for a proper Cream Tea! And, when we find it we love having a lively conversation about whether the jam or the cream goes on first! I must say I do like to put the jam first, then a big dollop of Rodda’s cream.

I thought I would share a few of my favourite ‘off the beaten track’ places that I like to indulge in.


Lower Barns being on the Roseland peninsula makes an easy first stop at Melinsey Mill, near Veryan. It’s a 16th century watermill with cafe, arts and crafts, rustic shelters, pond walk, historical artefacts and excellent home made food.


Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes, owned by Olga Polizzi has a view to die for, with terraces overlooking the harbour and petrol blue bay waters, with sailing boats bobbing past on their everyday jollies. Your cream tea will be a platter of plain and fruit scones, jam, cream and cakes. It’s really quite regal being waited on in this fabulous spot.


The Apple Tree Cafe in Sennen is a truly welcoming oasis near Lands End. Open all year round for homemade breakfasts, lunch, cakes and yes, of course, a cream tea. Their menu also offers vegan and gluten free cooked food. A cosy wood burner awaits you on winter days.


Lower Barns is only a mile from The Lost Gardens of Heligan, so I’m a real regular, as are many of our guests. I must mention their staff and especially Val, who is totally wonderful. There is consistently a great selection of foods, some of which come from their vegetable gardens, as well as wonderful home made cakes and cream teas. The cafe is a rustic, shed type building with plenty of charm, space, light, plants and a wood burner roaring away on a rainy winters day.


You may like my recommendations while touring this wonderful county of Cornwall. You may also have recommendations for me that I would just love to hear about!