If you’re looking for the ultimate afternoon indulgence you’ve come to the right place. Padstow is jam packed (pardon the pun) with cafes, hotels and restaurants claiming to offer the perfect cream tea.
As we discussed in ‘the delights of Cornish cream tea‘, locating the basics of a good cream tea, including scones, jam and clotted cream is the easy part. The trick of the art is in the presentation, which can turn this delicious Cornish ritual into an unmatched experience.
Rest A While
Take a walk along the coastal path north of Padstow towards Hawkers Cove and you’ll see signs for the Rest A While tea rooms. Tucked away in a back garden, with views across the mouth of the Camel Estuary, this is a perfect stopping off point on a longer coastal walk. Just enough exercise that you won’t feel too guilty taking an extra spoonful of jam.
In the middle of Padstow’s bustling harbour you’ll find Cherry Trees Coffee House. Small but perfectly appointed, they’re well known for serving generous portions, including two freshly baked scones, Boddington’s strawberry jam, Cornish clotted cream and a pot of Cornish tea.
If it’s too busy to get a table, there’s a takeaway option. So you’re free to enjoy your tea on the green up the road with views over the River Camel.
Ditch the kids for the 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 . There you can indulge while making the most of the gorgeous coastal landscape.
Greens of Padstow
After a few exacting rounds of mini golf what better way to replenish your energy than with a cream tea. Greens is perched above Padstow harbour, so even if mini golf isn’t your bag, you can still sit on the patio and enjoy panoramic views over the town and Camel Estuary.
Padstow Harbour Hotel
This local Victorian landmark has been recently revamped as a boutique hotel with a fabulous contemporary restaurant overlooking the harbour and estuary. Afternoon 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 .
Serving one of north Cornwall’s best holiday parks, the café at Berryfields is more than just a service area for holiday makers, it’s a local destination.
Berryfields’ cream teas are made with real care and attention, served on china dishes and piled high with delicious homegrown strawberries and jam. With friendly service and a warm atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot for a classic Cornish cream tea.