The Perfect Cream Tea

A perfect cream tea is the meal we most want to eat when we get home from our own travels. So, that’s the main reason we make up a special welcome for our guests.

What is better at giving you that home from home feeling straight away than the sight of fresh baked scones? And a comfy chair to sit in…

We do like to explore as well – and with National Cream Tea Day coming up this month, we’re sure many of our guests will ask us to recommend a place for a good cream tea. And even with our own scones to enjoy when you arrive – no visit to Cornwall is really complete without at least one more cream tea.

So, here you are. We put our heads together and thought of some of the places we’d like to go to ourselves. We especially like the savoury version and we’re looking out for a really good vegan / gluten free choice We’d like to be able to help those of you with specific dietary requirements find a really good cream tea, too.

We’ve limited our choice to five of the best. But we might have to write a second blog – really there are a lot of very good places to choose from and some are really close to Tregongeeves Farm. Do let us know what you think.

1 Lost Gardens of HeliganCream tea at lost gardens of heligan

The cafe here is really lovely. It’s a great choice if you want a good breakfast – but don’t want to cook it! Choose from a good range of soups and lunches that are always avaailable… or dive right into a lovely cream tea.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of our favourite destinations for a day out. But the cafe is also good to remember if you’re out somewhere else or on the beach and fancy a comforting pit-stop on the way back to your cottage.

Fluffy scones, a good sized portion of cream – and Boddingtons Strawberry Jam, which only travels from around the corner.

Top Tip: Jam and cream and other lovely local ingredients can be purchased in the Lobbs Farm Shop which is also here. 

2  Miss Vs Cream Tea

    scones and jamcream tea at Miss Vs on the roseland

Have you found this cute cafe out on The Roseland Peninsula? It’s a small, local business that serves all kinds of baked cakes – and is famous for its scones! Light and pillowy with a scent of vanilla and served with a warm smile. This cafe started its life on a market stall, selling cream tea baskets for taking home or to the beach.

The quirky little hut has had an upgrade for 2019 – we can’t wait to pop over ourselves and see!

Top Tip: A dog-friendly cafe in a great location for walks with picturesque views

3 The Waymarker


This is not our closest cafe destination. But you’re always in for a lovely time at the Waymarker – with superb food. And if you thought the pasty was Cornwall’s only savoury treat… you haven’t treated your self to a savoury cream tea yet!

At The Waymarker a the perfect savoury cream tea comes with a good portion of Cornish cheese and chutney with just the right amount of tang. Savoury cheese scones are a generous size and we think this one is a real winner!

The cafe is in a secluded location near Constantine and the bird song you hear from the garden is astonishing. Find the Waymarker off the beaten track down a winding country lane, you will have to make a special trip over here. So, you may want to combine your cream tea with something like the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. But it’s well worth it, we promise!

Top Tip: Cinnamon and sultana scones. Not traditional, but truly delicious!

charlottes tea house 4 Charlotte’s Tea House

In the capital city of Cornwall, Truro may not be the most obvious destination for a cream tea. But if you’re visiting Cornwall’s only city you may want to sit down and enjoy a quiet moment away from the bustle. We love to pop into Charlotte’s tea house, which is above the old coinage hall. You can’t miss it, right in the heart of the city on Boscawen Street

Charlotte’s Tea House is a step back in time and High Teas and Cornish Cream Teas are done properly here. Crisp table linen, traditionally costumed staff and a cake trolley to tempt you. Should your jam and scone not be quite enough!

Top Tip: Take a morning or late afternoon pit stop and you may be lucky enough to grab a window seat. Perched above the cobbles, this is a great spot for some people watching with your cuppa.

5 Duchy of Cornwall Nursery

duchy of cornwallSo, when we send you to a garden centre for a cream tea… you know we’re letting you into one of our secrets! Trust us, this is a good destination any day of the week – for food as well as for plant shopping!

If you can tear yourself away from the tempting sandwiches, this is a good cream tea in a relaxed place. Stop by if you’re visiting Fowey or Lostwithiel

Top Tip: Book a day ahead and upgrade your Cornish Cream Tea to be a full afternoon tea. Choose from Prosecco or Pimms for the ultimate holiday feeling!

We can’t talk about the perfect tea without mentioning Judith’s delicious scones. You may find the recipe here…