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Luxury Cornish cream teas – ‘the creme de la cream’

Every year on the last Friday in June has been designated National Cream Tea Day: a chance to celebrate this tasty British institution and argue about whether jam comes before cream. Of course, every day in Cornwall is a cream tea day, so why not seek out something extra special? A luxury afternoon splurge is an excellent way to taste the high life. And there are some fabulous upmarket eateries that won’t break the bank.  Here are five of the best that are close to Kilden Mor.

Padstow Harbour Hotel

This Victorian landmark has been recently revamped as a boutique hotel with a fabulous contemporary restaurant overlooking the harbour and estuary. A cream tea here is every bit as classy as the decor. Alongside the usual scones, you’ll find moreish pastries, cakes and finger sandwiches. You may even feel inspired to forgo the tea and move straight for a glass of bubbly or a cocktail. It’s that sort of place.

Headland Hotel, Newquay

Try ‘Cormwall’s most decadent afternoon tea’ at the hotel that played host to Roald Dahl’s Witches in the 1990 film. The Headland’s elegant Samphire restaurant has stunning sea views that make it the ideal location to enjoy a classic Cornish cream tea. Expect freshly baked scones accompanied by strawberry jam and a generous portion of Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream.

headland hotel afternoon-tea

The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth

 Ditch the kids for an afternoon and head down to the luxurious (adult only) Scarlet, an eco-hotel in Mawgan Porth. The kitchen here really pushes the envelope when it comes to cream teas. Offering gorgeous cakes, Champagne and, of course, warm scones with locally sourced jam and clotted cream. If you’re visiting during the spring and summer months, make sure to book a table on the terrace. From here, you can indulge while making the most of the gorgeous coastal scenery.

Carlyon Bay, St Austell

There are more inspiring views to be found on the dramatic cliff top terrace that overlooks St Austell Bay. But when your cream tea arrives at the Carlyon Bay Hotel, all thoughts will inevitably turn to the luxurious freshly baked scones piled high with quality accoutrements and washed down with ‘Cornish grown’ tea and coffee.

carlyon-bay afternoon tea

 Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, Lostwithiel

A little further afield, but well worth the 45 minute trip, Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall Nursery serves a divine cream tea set against a backdrop of the gorgeous Restormel Castle. If you want something more than delicious homemade scones, the current menu also offers delights including pistachio and lime meringue cake, toasted hazelnut chocolate truffle bar, rose and raspberry macaron, a quail’s Scotch egg and seasonal savoury quiche tart. This uber rustic ’Duchy Woodland’ tea comes served on a single hardwood board slice.

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