Cornish Hampers Blog
1. Cornish Cream Tea Gifts
Cornwall is the true home of the cream tea. Cornwall has many food producers who create great products using the finest quality ingredients sourced locally. A Cream Tea is a must if visiting Cornwall but now you can give the gift of a Cornish Cream Tea and have it sent straight to the recipients own home! Cornish Hampers sell a wide range of cream tea hamper gifts online, all include handmade scones, Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream, Boddingtons Strawberry Jam and Cornish Tea. Other Cream Tea gifts include Cornish Fudge, Cornish Truffles, Kernow chocolate bars and many other delicious Cornish treats. The ongoing debate of cream or jam first continues but here at Cornish Hampers we believe it is of course Jam first.
2. Mixed Cornish Food Gift Baskets and Hampers
Our mixed Cornish Food hampers are great to send as a gift especially for the person who has everything. It’s the perfect not on the high street gift with the added bonus of being high quality food. Our hampers come in either a wicker basket or a rustic lidded hamper. The wicker basket hampers come gift wrapped in cellophane and tied with ribbon, with our rustic lidded hampers also finished off with ribbon. All hampers include a printed gift card and are placed in a secure cardboard box for delivery. Our products have been carefully chosen to ensure the finest quality and all are sourced locally. As well as including quality local brands like Furniss biscuits, Roskilly’s organic fudge, Tregnothan Tea, our range also includes some proper Cornish items such as Cornish pasty flavoured crisps and a solid chocolate Cornish pasty.
3. Cornish Ale and Cider Hampers
We sell a variety of Cornish Ale and Cider Hampers, of course Cider is a very popular drink here in Cornwall. Cornish Ale or Cornish Cider Hampers are the perfect gift from Cornwall for the man in your life. Our Cider comes from Cornish Orchards who are based in Duloe, near Liskeard. Cornish Orchards Ciders are free from artificial sweeteners, flavourings and colourings and are made using 100% fresh pressed juice. Each batch of Cider is taste tested and approved before bottling. Our Ale selection comes from Sharps brewery in Rock on Cornwall’s North Atlantic Coast from here we have a fruity Cornish Pilsner which boasts numerous international beer awards. From St Austell Brewery in St Austell we have Tribute which is a Cornish pale ale and is a favourite choice throughout the South West of England, Korev a Cornish pale ale with a crisp taste and Proper Job an award winning IPA, packed full of citrus, pineapple and grapefruit flavours with a crisp bitter finish. St Austell Brewery was founded in 1851 by Cornishman Walter Hicks and today remains family owned.
4. Gift Vouchers for Afternoon Tea out in Cornwall
What better way to spend an afternoon in Cornwall, whether you are on holiday or living in Cornwall an Afternoon Tea is a must. With plenty of delightful places to visit we have a list for 20 of the best afternoon teas in Cornwall. A typical afternoon tea consists of lovely cut sandwiches, a Cornish cream tea and a selection of delicious fresh cakes, all beautifully presented on a tiered cake stand. Gift vouchers for an afternoon tea in Cornwall make for a wonderful gift for any occasion. From Padstow and Newquay on the west coast to St Austell and Truro on the south and not to forget Penzance in the west. We have plenty of recommendations for a fabulous afternoon tea.
The Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa offer an afternoon tea, ‘Storm in a Teacup’ this is fast gaining a reputation of being the best afternoon tea in Newquay, pair this with the amazing views, what more could you wish for in a gift.
Fowey Hall is a luxury family hotel overlooking the Fowey Estuary. Not only do they offer a delightful afternoon tea with the option of adding a glass of delicious Camel Valley Brut but they also offer a family afternoon tea, perfect if you want to include the children.
The Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth is on the edge of Falmouth’s historic waterfront and boasts some amazing views. With a range of afternoon teas to choose from there is definitely something for everyone and if any venues listed don’t mention gift vouchers on their website try phoning them as most places will be more than happy to help. It goes without saying that a visit to Cornwall would not be complete without enjoying an afternoon tea!
5. Food Related Experience Days in Cornwall
Whether you live in Cornwall or spend your holidays in Cornwall it is the perfect county to find delicious food and drink. Here are a few suggestions:
Trenance Chocolate is located in the village of Mullion on the Lizard Peninsula in south Cornwall. They craft the finest chocolate into luxury handmade treats every day of the week. From novelty chocolate bars, luxury boxes of chocolates, drinking chocolate and chocolate pasties this is definitely worth a visit for any chocolate lover. See the chocolates being made in front of your eyes and then hand pick your favourites to enjoy later.
Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm is a family run farm near Newquay in Cornwall. It makes for a great day out. They produce an assortment of ciders, wines, juices and jams. Over the past 35 years they are proud to offer a selection of the county’s finest Cyder. To enjoy the experience at its best they recommend having a guided tour, this takes you on a journey through the press house, jam factory, museum, distillery and cellars, and there is even a tractor ride through the orchards. The farm animals are a big hit with children from Shire horses, Shetland ponies to rabbits and free roaming peacocks to name a few.
A homemade Cornish cream tea can be enjoyed in the quaint tea rooms. All in all a great day out.
Rick Stein’s Cookery School is based in Padstow and offers various courses. Learn the essential skills of seafood cookery, scaling, gutting, skinning, filleting round and flat fish different methods of cooking the fish this also includes a fishing trip. It’s not all about seafood other day courses include Indian curries, Far Eastern, Italian and Spanish tapas to name a few, perfect for any keen foodie. If you don’t like the idea of preparing the food yourself then you can also visit one of Rick Stein’s restaurants in various parts of Cornwall these include Padstow, Porthleven, Falmouth, St Merryn and Newquay. So whether you are looking for a family activity, delicious food gifts or perhaps a dinner out for a special occasion Cornwall is without doubt the best place to be.
6. Cornish Food Cook Book
The great Cornish Food Book is a marvelous celebration of Cornish home grown food. This book is a collection of recipes, tales and morsels from the ocean, fields and cliff tops of Cornwall. The cook book includes a great combination of recipes and local suppliers to information about beautiful Cornwall with some fab photography. A great book for any Cornish foodie. This Cornish food book is proudly made and printed in Cornwall.
We’ve recently added lots of delicious new Cornish food and drink hampers to our range, many of which are a perfect present for the man in your life. Whether it’s for Fathers’ Day, a Cornish dad’s Christmas present, a male friend’s birthday, a grandads’ birthday or any other occasion we have lots of great gifts for him.
All our Cornish hampers come in either a gift-wrapped wicker basket, a lidded Seagrass hamper or a luxury lidded hamper. You can enter a gift card message at checkout and gifts are usually sent straight to the recipient.
Real Ale Hampers From Cornwall
Our craft Cornish real ale comes from either St Austell Brewery, an award-winning Cornish brewery that has been a family run business for more than 150 years, or Sharps Brewery who create exceptional beers from their base at Rock on Cornwall’s North Atlantic Coast.
Starting from £18 + delivery our real ale and Cornish food hamper is a great value gift for him. It contains Tribute Cornish Pale Ale, a favourite choice throughout South West England as well as being one of the fastest growing premium cask ale brands in the rest of the UK, along with some classic Cornish food.
We also have a Cornish Real Ale Hamper which contains 4 beers, along with crisps from the Great British Crisp Company. All are packed in a large lidded hamper with a gift card for £30.
Cornish Cider Hampers
Cornish Orchards supply us with cider, they use 100% fresh pressed juice and the best traditional methods to produce their cider.
Our Cornish cider and savoury snacks hamper contains two Cornish Orchards ciders, pasty flavoured crisps, fish & chip flavoured crisps and Rick Stein savoury oat biscuits with Davidstow cheddar cheese for £20, a tasty and affordable Fathers’ Day gift or a male friend’s birthday present.
We also have a lidded hamper containing just cider for £25. It has 4 ciders from Cornish Orchards, Heritage, Blush, Pear and Gold.
Want a hamper for him but aren’t sure whether he drinks cider or beer? Our variety basket for £22 and luxury variety hamper for £50 contain both cider and real ale, along with delicious snacks like Cornish pasty flavoured crisps and a chocolate Cornish pasty.
See all our Cornish Cider & Real Ale Hampers.
Cream Tea Hampers
Our cream tea hampers are perfect for dads with a sweet tooth, all come with Rodda’s clotted cream, large handmade scones, local jam and either Cornish Tea or Tregothnan Tea. These are a particularly popular gift for granddads who have fond memories of cream teas whilst on holiday in the region. Starting from £15 with a gift card they’re also relatively inexpensive gifts.
We recently visited Healeys Cyder Farm near Newquay, tasting their cider and enjoying a Healeys Cyder Cream Tea while watching their various farm animals run around the courtyard.
What is there at Healey’s Cyder Farm?
- Cyder Tasting
- Farmyard animals (peacocks, hens, pigs, horses, goats, rabbits)
- Café and restaurant
- Farm shop selling Healey’s Cyders and preserves at a reasonable price
- Tours of the production facility / Cyder museum / cellars
- Tractor rides around the orchards
What do you pay for?
Walking around the courtyard and seeing the animals, tasting the cider and entry to the visitor’s café or restaurant are all free. You pay for either guided or self-guided tours of the production facility / cider museum and tractor rides around the orchards. Prices start at around £4 per person for self-guided tours.
Why do they call it Cyder?
Cyder isn’t just the Cornish way of saying Cider, there is a difference in the production proces. Cider is made on a commercial scale through the re-pressing of the pulp whilst Cyder is made in a similar way to fine wines with the juice from the apple being left to mature in casks.
One of the things we enjoyed most about the cider tasting experience was the knowledge that the bar staff were able to offer regarding the various different ciders.
Scrumpy is a name given to some cider in the West Country. Its name comes from the term Scrumping in which youngsters would raid local orchards of their apples. During these raids different varieties of apples would be taken and used to make cider. These days Scrumpy simply refers to cider / cyder made with different varieties of apples and is popular in the West Country.
Healey’s Scrumpy is quite strong (7.4% ABV cider) and is available in Medium Sweet or Medium Dry, both of which are still. It comes in a number of sizes including a traditional farmhouse flagon. I tried the Medium Sweet and thought it was easily one of the best ciders I have ever tasted.
Rattler is another of Healey’s cyders and comes in five varieties; Original 6% or 4%, Pear, Berry and Mulled. With branding more fitting with nights out in Newquay, or surfer’s beach bars, Rattler is popular at events and parties. It has a sharp zing to it but my preference was with some of the less carbonated ciders that Healey’s have to offer.
Cornish Gold is a light sparkling apple cider that went down very well with my wife and I. It was Healey’s first sparkling cider and has only recently been brought back to life.
The classics are a premium range stored in oak casks for up to three months, more like a fine wine. The Classic Oak Matured is a medium cider with a hint of tropical fruit, as well as the oak. There are some very interesting ciders within this range such as the Cornish Whiskey Reserve. This cider is left to mature in former Cornish Whiskey casks which gives it a unique flavour of apple and honey.
Cyder Cream Tea
Healey’s speciality cream tea consists of apple & cyder scones, Healeys’ scrumpy apple & bramble jam with Trewithen Dairy clotted cream and a pot of tea. We had to try one; the apple scones although not as huge as the plain scones in the display cabinet at the front of the cafe were still sizeable and tasted good with only a very subtle hint of apple. The apple & bramble jam was delicious, sweeter and darker in appearance than classic strawberry jam. As expected the Cornish clotted cream was perfect.
The ultimate Cornish cream tea wouldn’t be complete without Tregothnan Tea. Grown in the perfect conditions on the Boscawen family’s ancient Cornish Estate and on Tregothnan land throughout South Cornwall, it is the world’s first true English tea.
What is Tregothnan tea?
The tea – Camellia sinensis – thrives on English soil, giving us the first version of Britain’s favourite drink made on its own land, as opposed to ordinary English breakfast tea, which is just the name of the particular blend.
What is the history behind Tregothnan tea?
Tregothnan was the home to the first outdoor camellias in the nineteenth century, as a result of the Boscawen family’s passion for growing rare plants. Since then a tea plantation was established in 1999, which would go on to provide the first ever tea native to the UK. Developing this special tea has not been easy. A freak storm practically wiped out most of the plants a few years after they were established, but the estate has persevered resulting in a successful range of teas created in Cornwall.
How does Tregothnan tea grow in Britain?
Tregothnan have had to carefully consider how to produce tea in the particular microclimate found at their estate on the banks of the River Fal. The climate is moderated by the Atlantic Ocean. The humid air loses its damaging saltiness and mimics the high foothills of the Himalayas.
Tregothnan have studied tea from around the world, taking in success stories as well as failures, to build the wealth of knowledge needed to establish a successful tea plantation. They have been careful to create small tea gardens to minimise the risk of disease and monitor their plants at all times to create a suitable annual cycle and are still learning what makes a good and what makes a bad tea year. Too much cold weather at the wrong time of year has been found to be unhelpful! They plant around 6,000 new tea bushes every October and then picking begins in the spring.
How does Tregothnan tea taste?
The tea made purely from Camellia sinensis leaves has a light and delicate taste. The refined flavour of Tregothnan’s English breakfast tea doesn’t necessarily pack a punch, but is a quality, natural taste developed using the finest ingredients. The tea is made using only natural oils, which aren’t always as strong in flavour as synthetic equivalents, and no extra tannin is added which artificially deepens the colour and flavour of tea. The leaves grown by Tregothnan are also mixed with other varieties to produce of different tea blends and herbal infusions.
Where can you buy Tregothnan tea?
Tregothnan tea can be found in delicatessens and farm shops across the country as well as Waitrose supermarkets. The tea can also be purchased directly from Tregothnan and features in some of Cornish Hampers’ delicious cream tea hampers!
The South West Coast Path is 630 miles of marked track that hugs the superb coastline - the longest National Trail in the UK. The Cornish section of the path is arguably the most beautiful and accounts for roughly 300 miles of it. We’ve taken this stunning section of coast path and added a very Cornish twist by marking 20 cream tea destinations along the route for the ultimate 300 mile, 10,000 calorie challenge!
The idea of the Cornish Coast Path Cream Tea Challenge is to complete the route whilst ticking off the 20 listed tearooms and hotels serving cream teas in Cornwall. All of the venues chosen are either directly on the South West Coast Path or a very short detour from the path. As you can imagine most have stunning sea views! The expectation is for most people to treat the trail as a tick list crossing off each tearoom / hotel in turn over different trips; however should anyone attempt the full 20 non-stop we will be extremely impressed and most definitely shout about it! The Isles of Scilly aren’t officially part of the SW Coast Path but we’ve added them as a bonus venue, just for fun, as it’s such a beautiful location.
What do you get for completing the Cornish Coast Path Cream Tea Challenge?
On writing this we don’t have any large sponsors or prize donators and have just created the challenge for fun to help promote our Cornish cream tea hampers. This may change as the challenge gains traction but regardless we can certainly offer the first person to complete the challenge (with photos of them at each destination) a prize of a trophy with the title (Cornish Coast Path Cream Tea Champion), a Cornish hamper and lots of social media bragging rights! Those who subsequently conquer the challenge will receive a certificate and listing on our to-be-created hall of fame.
Tearooms and Hotels on the Cornish Cream Tea Challenge Route
Bude to Newquay Coastal Path, including Padstow
1. Cabin Café
Crackington Haven, St Gennys, Bude, Cornwall EX23 0JG
Cabin Café is nestled right on the coast path in the picturesque hamlet of Crackington Haven, a historical Cornish cove. The Cabin Café offers a cream tea with a view of the dramatic coastline of North Cornwall. Their cream teas were listed as one of the best in the county by ‘That’s My Cornwall Magazine’.
2. Trelawny Tea Room
Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay, Bude, Cornwall EX23 0AH
Trelawny Tea Room is a family-run tearoom overlooking the surf spot of Widemouth Bay, next to the SW coast path. Their cream teas come with homemade scones, the finest Boddingtons jam and Roddas Cornish clotted cream.
3. Angelique’s Tea Room
2 Tintagel Terrace, Port Isaac PL29 3SE
Made famous by the TV series Doc Martin, Port Isaac has become very popular so is often best seen outside of peak times. It’s a beautiful Cornish coastal town to visit even for those unfamiliar with the TV series. At Angelique’s Tea Room home-baked scones are served with local jam and Cornish clotted cream. They use pretty china crockery, traditional tablecloths and cream teas are accompanied by a pot of loose leaf tea, which can be enjoyed inside or under an outside veranda.
4. Pauline’s Creamery
20 Bank St, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1AY
Located in Newquay town centre, Pauline's has been run by the same family for over 25 years. It’s hard to walk past the scrumptious window display without being tempted by the huge home-made scones and pots of jam and clotted cream.
5. Lewinnick Lodge
Pentire Headland, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1QD
Perched on the cliff-top of the Pentire headland, Lewinnick Lodge is a lovely restaurant with panoramic sea views. It’s a stones throw away from one of Cornwall’s favourite surfing destinations, Fistral beach in Newquay. Their cream teas come with a very generous dollop of delicious clotted cream and can be walked off along the South West coast path that runs past the restaurant.
6. The Cosy Nook Café
Langurroc Road, Crantock, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 5RB
The other side of the River Gannel from Newquay is Crantock village where the Cosy Nook is situated. It’s roughly 500m inland from the SW Coast Path by Crantock beach. The Cosy Nook is a lovely café with a charming little garden, perfect for sitting in the sun with a delicious cream tea. The café boasts a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdivsor and their cream teas have also been listed by Visit Cornwall as one of the best in Cornwall.
St Ives to Falmouth Coast Path
7. Godrevy Beach Café
Gwithian, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 5ED
A stones throw from Gwithian, one of the longest and best surfing beaches in Cornwall, is Godrevy Beach Café. The café prides itself on fresh, wholesome and hearty contemporary food with lots of luxurious homemade cakes including of course Cornish cream teas.
8. The Tearoom St Ives
1 Wharf House, The Wharf, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1PG
St Ives, widely regarded as the jewel of Cornwall’s crown, is a beautiful seaside town, set in breathtaking coastal scenery. The family run The Tearoom St Ives serves up Cornish cream teas with two homemade scones, local Boddington’s strawberry jam, Roddas clotted cream and a pot of loose-leaf tea.
9. Rosemergy Farmhouse
Morvah, Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8YX
Rosemergy Farmhouse is a quaint family-run farmhouse deep in the west of Cornwall, about 300m inland from the coast path midway between St. Ives and St. Just. All cakes and scones are homemade and can be enjoyed in the comfort of the spacious dining room or in the lovely garden with stunning sea views onto the Atlantic Ocean and the North Cornish moors. Their cream teas are highly recommended with both Cornwall Life and That’s My Cornwall magazines listing them among the best in the county.
10. Little Bo Café
Sennen Cove, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7DF
Little Bo Café is situation directly on the SW coast path, close to Lands End. They serve high quality Cornish produce and have a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
11. Lands End Restaurant and Bar
Land’s End, Sennen, Cornwall, TR19 7AA
The most westerly point of mainland England, Lands End is home to a collection of shops, eateries and exhibitions and regularly hosts various events. Lands End Restaurant and Bar serve cream teas with home-made scones from 11.30am.
12. Poldhu Beach Café
Poldhu Cove, Mullion, Cornwall TR127JB
Poldhu Beach Café is an award winning café situated on the SW coast path at Poldhu Cove along the south Cornwall coast. The café is open all year round and boasts a TripAdvisor certificate of Excellence.
13. Polpeor Café (The Most Southerly Point)
Lizard Point, The Lizard, Helston, Cornwall TR12 7NU
The Polpeor Café is a traditional little café right on Lizard Point at the most Southerly point on mainland Britain which is claimed to help it be sunnier here than elsewhere in Cornwall. There’s inside seating available or an outside terrace with glorious views out to sea.
14. Dolly’s Tea Room
21 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3EG
Set in the centre of Falmouth, very near the harbour side, Dolly's is a dog friendly tearoom and wine bar set within a beautiful Georgian room. Head up the creaky stairs and be transported back in time to enjoy one of the best traditional Cornish cream teas around.
Past Falmouth to Torpoint Coastal Path, including Fowey, St Austell and Looe
15. Coast Path Café
Coastal Path, Gorran Haven, Near St Austell, Cornwall PL26
As the name suggests The Coast Path Café is set directly alongside the coast path, in the fishing village of Gorran Haven which is on the south coast of Cornwall located in a cove between two sandy beaches. They serve the best homemade cakes and have seating inside or outside with a fantastic sea view along the Cornish coast.
Charlestown Harbour, St Austell, Cornwall PL25 3NJ
Located in the quaint port of Charlestown is Wreckers Bistro housed within a refurbished Old Boat Shed with its quirky bent roof, hand crafted beams and black ironwork. Cornish cream teas can be enjoyed sitting on the sun soaked terrace whilst watching the sparkling sea and tall ships bobbing in the harbour.
17. The Fowey Hotel
Esplanade, Fowey, Cornwall PL23 1HX
Fowey is tucked away on the picturesque south coast of Cornwall, alongside the River Fowey which is one of the deepest rivers in the world. The Fowey Hotel enjoys great views of the town and the river flowing out to sea. Cream teas are served with a pot of loose leaf tea, two scones, locally made strawberry preserve and thick Cornish clotted cream.
18. Bean and Scone Café
The Coombes, Polperro, Cornwall PL13 2RQ
The village and fishing harbour of Polperro sits in a beautiful secluded cove on the south east Cornwall coast (the background to our website header). Bean and Scone is a quaint little café that has been satisfying customers since 2005. Their cream teas come with a variety of gorgeous homemade scones including their apple scones and they also offer a savoury cream tea.
19. Martin’s Dairy
Fore Street, East Looe, Cornwall PL13 1HH
A popular Cornish coastal town, East Looe is set alongside the East Looe River on the eastern side of the south Cornwall coast. Established and run by the Martin family in the early 1900s, Martin’s Dairy is a dairy / bakery with a pleasing café where huge homemade scones are served with lashings of local jam and the dairy’s own clotted cream. Cream teas can be taken away and enjoyed sitting on Looe harbour overlooking the estuary.
20. Black Rock Café
May Lane, Millendreath, Cornwall PL13 1PE
Black Rock Café is located in the village of Millendreath, near Looe, directly on the SW coast path. Millendreath has its own south facing beach perfect for water sports, rock pooling and seaside days out. The café boasts a TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ rating and its delicious traditional Cornish cream teas can be enjoyed with a stunning sea view.
Isle of Scilly Bonus Cream Teas
28 miles across the sea from the Cornish coast sit the stunning Isles of Scilly. Whilst not part of the South West Coast Path they are part of the ceremonial county of Cornwall and all of the larger islands have a coast path, so make a natural addition. Including them gives another reason to visit these beautiful islands.
A - Old Town Café
Old Town, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall TR21 0NH
St. Mary’s is the largest of the islands that make up the Isle of Scilly and has pathways and roads that circumnavigate it. Old Town Café is located in Old Town the other side of the island from the main town Hugh Town. Cream teas can be enjoyed inside or outside with a lovely view of the old quay.
B - Covean Cottage
St Agnes, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall TR22 0PL
Covean Cottage Guesthouse and Cafe is on the intimate island of St Agnes. Covean Cottage’s exceptional cream teas, including two freshly made scones and local Troytown Farm Clotted Cream, served with an Atlantic view are well worth travelling for.
A traditional cream tea is a speciality of Devon and Cornwall where a pot of tea is served with scones, jam and clotted cream. In this article we explain, what are the differences between a Cornish and Devon cream tea, where to find the best cream teas, how Devonshire and Cornish clotted cream differs and the history of the Cornish cream tea.
History of the Cornish Cream Tea
The exact origin of the "cream tea" is disputed, but Devonians claim there is evidence that the tradition of eating bread with cream and jam started at Tavistock Abbey in Devon in the 11th century. Afternoon tea started to become a popular tradition in 1840 when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, decided that she needed tea and a light snack to fill the gap between lunch and dinner. Initially, the Duchess’ afternoon teas consisted of a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake, rather than incorporating a cream tea. The cream tea started to become well known to the rest of the country in the early 1900s with the expansion of the railways.
Where to find cream teas
Cream teas are one of the biggest sellers for cafes and tearooms through Devon and Cornwall so as a result they’re available almost everywhere. Outside of Devon and Cornwall they can be found in some tearooms, particularly within neighbouring West Country counties Somerset and Dorset. They do make such an important part of an afternoon tea and as a result this is often the best way to indulge in a cream tea when visiting the West Country.
The best cream teas can usually be found in small shops, cafés, or private front rooms or gardens, where they are likely to be freshly made on the premises. Cafés, restaurants or coffee bars run by larger organisations are often unlikely to equal the cream teas available in small, family-run businesses.
Devon vs Cornish Cream Tea
The best way of serving a cream tea has long been the subject of fierce debate between Devon and Cornwall. Historically, there were a number of differences between the two counties cream teas, including the scones (with a traditional “Cornish split", a type of slightly sweet white bread roll, served in Cornwall) and the clotted cream used (see below). Nowadays, the main difference is the serving method. The Devonian method requires the eater to place the cream onto the half-scone first, almost as a replacement for butter or margarine. The Cornish method is the reverse, with the jam being positioned first and the cream applied as a second topping. Clearly we back the Cornish method and offer 10 light-hearted reasons for its superiority here. In a poll by the Guardian 57% of their readers voted in favour of the Cornish method. Some people have taken the debate rather seriously and even come up with scientific formula’s to settle the argument.
Cornish Clotted Cream
Clotted cream is a smooth, thick cream traditionally made in the West Country by heating unpasteurised cow's milk that is left in a shallow pan for many hours causing the cream to rise to the surface and 'clot'. Historically there were differences in the way clotted cream was produced in Devon and Cornwall with Cornish clotted cream produced through heating and Devonshire clotted cream through the old process of lapping the cream without heat. Nowadays, clotted cream in both counties is produced with modern machinery through either the ‘float’ or ‘scald’ cream techniques. In 1997 Cornish clotted cream was awarded ‘Protected Designation of Origin’ status, along with the likes of Champagne and Parma ham.
The Best Cornish SconesYou can’t beat fresh homemade scones, often indicated by a scones irregularity in shape. A good cream tea will include two healthy-sized scones, which should be split horizontally before applying the jam and cream. Scones look best with a good rise, one trick to achieving this is to use natural yogurt as an ingredient because its acidity helps the baking powder work better giving a good rise. As mentioned above, originally a Cornish Split formed the base of a proper Cornish cream tea. It’s more bread roll like than buttery scone. The Cream Tea Society offers a recipe for this traditional Cornish speciality.
This article is about all things Cornish food, covering the traditions and dishes that Cornwall has become famous for, along with a detailed guide to local food and drink brands from the county.
Traditional Cornish Dishes
Walk through Padstow in the summer and you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t eating an ice cream, fish & chips or a pasty. Food is a key part to the county’s draw for millions of tourists every year. The region is famous for producing lots of great tasting food and drink, some of which began in Cornwall and others that have become extremely popular in the county. Here we have detailed the cuisine that Cornwall is traditionally famous for:
Cornish Cream Tea – A traditional cream tea is a speciality of Devon and Cornwall where a pot of tea is served with scones, jam and clotted cream. The exact origin of the "cream tea" is disputed, but Devonians claim there is evidence that the tradition of eating bread with cream and jam started at Tavistock Abbey in Devon in the 11th century. In Cornwall, the cream tea was traditionally served with a "Cornish split", a type of slightly sweet white bread roll, rather than a scone. But nowadays the scones and clotted cream used throughout tearooms in both counties is very similar and therefore the main difference is how you choose to have it.
Cornish Clotted Cream – Clotted cream is a smooth, thick cream traditionally made in Devon and Cornwall by heating unpasteurised cow's milk that is left in a shallow pan for many hours causing the cream to rise to the surface and 'clot'. Cornish clotted cream has been awarded ‘Protected Designation of Origin’ status, along with the likes of champagne and Parma ham.
Seafood – Being surrounded by the sea on three coasts it’s no surprise that Cornwall produces and consumes lots of fresh fish. Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant in Padstow does a particularly good job at putting Cornwall on the map as one of the best places for ‘straight from the sea’ fish in the UK.
Saffron Cake – A Cornish classic, perfect at teatime, a Saffron Cake is a sweet bun containing currents and flavoured with saffron and cinnamon, similar to a teacake but yellow in appearance.
Cornish Pasty – Probably Cornwall’s best known food, the Cornish pasty has always been a popular meal in the county. In the past it was the ideal lunch for Cornish tin-miners as it was seen as a complete meal that could be easily transported and consumed without cutlery, with some miners using the side-crimps as a handle that could be discarded. In 2011 the traditional Cornish pasty was given ‘Protected Geographical Indication’ status in Europe. It’s popular worldwide following the spread of Cornish miners.
Cornish Fudge – Handmade fudge is abundant in shop windows throughout Cornish tourist towns like Padstow and St. Ives, with some shops offering a mind boggling array of flavour combinations. Cornish clotted cream is often a key ingredient in local fudge.
Cornish Ice Cream – Cornish Ice Cream is made using clotted cream. It’s a tradition than began in the region but has spread with many Cornish brands available throughout UK supermarkets. Coastal towns in the county are all brimming with ice cream parlours.
Cornish Fairings – A Cornish fairing is a type of traditional ginger biscuit commonly found in Cornwall. The term ‘fairing’ originated from treats sold at fairs in the county. Furniss began manufacturing the biscuits in 1886 and are still the biggest producer of them today.
Cornish Artisan Food Brands
Cornish Clotted Cream & Ice Cream Producers
Rodda’s – Beginning in 1890 when Eliza Jane Rodda, great-great-grandmother to the current owners, started making Cornish clotted cream in her farmhouse kitchen in the heart of Cornwall. Over 120 years on and now the world's largest producer of clotted cream, Rodda’s still craft it the same way, by gently baking rich local cream until it’s thick, unctuous and thoroughly dollopable. https://www.roddas.co.uk/
Trewithen Dairy – Producing milk, cream, yoghurt and butter, Trewithan Dairy is a family business with more than 25 years experience based at Greymare Farm near Lostwithiel. http://www.trewithendairy.co.uk/
Treleavens - Artisan award winning sorbets and ice creams hand-made on the south Cornish coast. http://www.treleavens.co.uk/
Kellys - Kellys have been making Cornish ice cream for over 100 years and use Cornish milk and Cornish clotted cream. The company is now owned by R & R Ice Cream, the Yorkshire based company that is Europe’s highest volume producer of ice cream. http://www.kellysofcornwall.co.uk/
Williams Dairy - Trevilling farm is the home of Williams Dairy and the delicious Williams clotted cream. Williams Dairy, situated near the West Country town of Wadebridge , on the north coast of Cornwall, is a family business that has been established since the early 1900's. http://www.williamsdairy.co.uk/
Callestick Farm - Located in the heart of Cornwall, only minutes from the North coast where the air is clean and the grass is green, Callestick Farm create Cornish ice cream in a vast variety of flavours. http://www.callestickfarm.co.uk/
Moomaid – A small family business producing over 30 flavours of luxury Cornish Ice and sorbet from their ice cream parlour on Tremedda Farm, West Cornwall. http://www.moomaidofzennor.com/
Gerry’s - Gerry’s Originals are hand-made, luxury ice creams and sorbets in a number of varieties as well as fruit ice pops made using 100% natural ingredients. http://www.gerrysoriginals.com/
Roskillys – Based on a real, working, organic Cornish farm where visitors can meet the animals and stroll around the meadows, Roskilly’s produce award winning ice cream and fudge. http://www.roskillys.co.uk/
Preserves, Chutney, Honey & Sauce Producers from Cornwall
Boddingtons Berries - Boddingtons Berries produce quality preserves by hand, in small batches on their family farm at Mevagissey and has been doing so since the Second World War. http://www.boddingtonsberries.co.uk/
Cornish Meadow - Established as a business in 1987, after many years of making home-made preserves, Cornish Meadow still produces all preserves in the same way, using small open pans and the finest ingredients, sourced locally. http://www.cornishmeadow.co.uk/
Sisleys & Crellow – Produces of Chutneys, Preserves and Jellies using handmade and at times laborious methods, bringing out the best in some of the most unusual ingredients. http://www.sisleys-crellow.co.uk/
Sarah & Finn - Sarah & Finn’s is an artisan producer of 'Taste of the West' award-winning relishes nestled in the far west of Cornwall’s north coast. http://www.sarahandfinns.co.uk/
Cornish Orchard – Specialising in award winning, premium ciders and juices, Cornish Orchard also turn their apples into chutney. http://www.cornishorchards.co.uk/
Halzephron – From marinades to mayonnaises, dressings to dips, seeds to chutneys, cold sauces to cooking sauces or jams to curry sauces, Hazelphron have something for every recipe. They’re based a few miles away at St Keverne, within the grounds of Roskillys organic farm. http://www.halzherb.com/
Cornish Chilli Company - Cornish Chilli Company have a passion for chillies and every product reflects that passion. They have a large range of delicious sauces that have been carefully developed over the last 15 years. http://www.cornishchillicompany.co.uk/
Cornish Hell – Homemade chilli sauces and chutneys, sourced from locally from the heart of Cornwall to give you a unique flavour. With extreme heat levels for those chilli head connoisseurs that like a little kick. http://cornishhellchilliproducts.weebly.com/
Bad Boy Chilli – Producers of chilli mash using the freshest chillies, preserving them, then blending just at the right time to keep the lovely flavour of the chillies locked in the mash whilst still retaining the heat. http://badboychilli.co.uk/
Andrea's Cornish Chillies – Home-grown chillies and homemade chilli inspired products grown in a secluded wooded valley near the North Cornish Coast. http://www.andreascornishchillies.co.uk/
Cornish Ketchup Company - The Cornish Ketchup Company was founded by two friends with a passion for great food. Their ketchup is handmade in Cornwall using 100% natural ingredients. http://cornishketchup.co.uk/
Nine Maidens Mead - Located in west Cornwall, Ninemaidens Mead combines a wealth of experience in Cornish honey production along with long-standing family traditions of brewing real Cornish mead to create drinks of the highest quality. http://www.ninemaidensmead.co.uk
Heather Bell Cornish Wildfower Honey - Based on the Lizard peninsula, Cornwall, Heatherbell Cornish Honey is produced on-site by their own bees. They organically manage all of their beehives, without the use of pesticides or antibiotics.
Biscuit & Crisp Brands from Cornwall
Furniss – One of Cornwall’s best-known brands, Furniss has been serving the needs of biscuit fanatics ever since its founder, John Cooper Furniss, opened his Cornish teashop in 1886. http://www.furniss-foods.co.uk/
Simply Cornish - Simply Cornish offers a full range of award-winning, handcrafted products ‘for all your bakery needs’, including pasties and savoury treats, muffins and traybakes, luxury biscuits, scones, saffron cakes and seasonal products. http://simplycornish.com/
The Cornish Crisp Company – Crisps made from potatoes grown in Cornwall and other ingredients sourced as locally as possible. http://www.thecornishcrisp.co.uk/
The Lusty Pirate - Cornish crisp producers with flavours including Cornish pasty. http://www.thecornishcrispcompany.com/
Cornish Producers of Fudge, Chocolate, Cake & Other Confectionary
Buttermilk Confectionery - Buttermilk is a family business, born and bred in Cornwall using traditional methods to create handmade confectionery for over 50 years. They have over 60 flavours of smooth and crumbly fudge, chocolate clusters and honeycomb. https://www.buttermilk.co.uk/
Furniss – Although famous for biscuits, in particular Cornish Fairings, Furniss also produce fudge in small boxes. http://www.furniss-foods.co.uk/
Copper Pot Originals - Award winning confectionery classics, including fantastic fudge and heavenly honeycomb, Copperpot Originals are an accumulation of three generations of confectionery expertise, which all started in the family kitchen, in the picturesque seaside town of St Ives, Cornwall. http://www.copperpotoriginals.co.uk/
The Handmade Fudge Shop -award winning handmade fudge from the Isles of Scilly. Fudge flavours include traditional favourites such as Vanilla & Chocolate to original and exotic flavours such as Cheeky Cherry Bakewell & Malty Moonrock. http://www.thehandmadefudgeshop.co.uk/
Roskillys – Based on a real, working, organic Cornish farm where visitors can meet the animals and stroll around the meadows, Roskilly’s produce award winning ice cream and fudge. http://www.roskillys.co.uk/
Veronica Farm Fudge- Based at Veronica Farm, on Bryher on the Isles of Scilly, Veronica’s has a purpose built fudge kitchen but still uses traditional farmhouse methods. http://www.veronicafarmfudge.co.uk/
Kernow Chocolate – Cornish chocolate producers located in the village of St Eval, North Cornwall, with a chocolate factory that’s open to the public to visit. http://www.kernowchocolate.co.uk/
Trenance Chocolate - Trenance Chocolate’s small team of chocolatiers temper and mould the chocolate in small batches to create solid novelty shapes, gourmet bars, luxurious soft centred chocolates and indulgent truffles. http://www.trenancechocolate.co.uk/
Simply Cornish - Simply Cornish offers a full range of award-winning, handcrafted products ‘for all your bakery needs’, including pasties and savoury treats, muffins and traybakes, luxury biscuits, scones, saffron cakes and seasonal products. http://simplycornish.com/
Warrens Bakery - Warrens Bakery is a traditional bakery, with two production sites and 50 stores throughout Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. They’re the oldest Cornish Pasty producer in the World. Products include hand crafted savouries, luxury scones, artisan breads, cakes, sweet treats, and regional speciality biscuits. http://warrensbakery.co.uk/
Raw Chocolate Pie – Raw Chocolate Pie is a dairy free, gluten free and soya free treat which contains no refined sugar https://www.rawchocpie.co.uk/
Chocolarder - Chocolarder is one of the only small batch bean-to-bar chocolate makers in the country. They produce fine quality, stone ground chocolate using organic beans imported from family run plantations in Venezuela, Java, Madagascar, Peru and the Dominican Republic. http://www.chocolarder.com/
Cloud Nine Marsh Mallows - Multi award-winning, handmade gourmet treats from Port Eliot, Cornwall. http://cloudninemarshmallows.co.uk/
Get Fruity Bar – 100% natural fruit bars that count as part of your ‘5 a day’ produced in Cornwall and found across the UK in chains such as Waitrose and Holland & Barratt. http://www.getfruitybar.co.uk/
Cornish Tea and Coffee Brands
Cornish Tea – A brand popular in seaside tourist shops throughout Cornwall, Cornish Tea provides the region with tea and coffee. https://www.cornish-tea.co.uk/
Tregothnan - Tregothnan put the English into English tea for the first time in history by planting the first ever tea in the UK in 1999. As well as growing English tea and a vast range of delicious herbal infusions, sustainable coppiced charcoal, Cornish Manuka and wildflower honeys, and the rare Kea plum jam are also produced on the estate. http://www.tregothnan.com/
Time Out Tea – A family run business based in Cornwall, sourcing the finest herbs & spices from around the world, which are lovingly blended into small batches for consistency in quality. http://www.secretchef.info/
Origin Coffee - Based in the depths of Cornwall, Origin Coffee are enthusiastic about sourcing, importing, roasting and selling great coffee. All coffee is environmentally sourced with farmers being guaranteed a fair price for their crop and that their workers and the environment are being looked after too. http://www.origincoffee.co.uk/
Cornish Coffee – Cornish Coffee has been supplying and serving the hospitality sector in Conrwall for a number of years and in 2014 they began roasting coffee in the UK for the first time. http://www.cornishcoffee.co.uk/
Hands on Coffee - Hands-On coffee is micro-roasted by hand in small batches at their roastery in Wadebridge on the Cornish Atlantic coast using a hot-air roaster. http://www.hands-on-coffee.co.uk/
Yallah Coffee - The Yallah coffee roastery is located in the far southwest of Cornwall, just a few miles outside of Falmouth. http://yallahcoffee.co.uk/
Soft Drink Producers from Cornwall
Helford Creek - Apple juice and cider made with traditional craft methods on their 18th Century farm near Helston in Cornwall. http://www.helfordcreek.co.uk/
Cornish Orchard - Award winning, premium ciders and juices, using traditional craft practices, produced to modern, exacting standards. http://www.cornishorchards.co.uk/
Tamar Valley Apple Juice - Produced at Greenbank Farm beside The River Tamar, Tamar Valley Apple Juice use apples from their own orchard to create high quality apple juice. http://www.tamarvalleyapplejuice.com/
Cornish Country Cordials – Cornish Country Cordials create a wide range of flavours, delicious with still and sparkling water, hot water or splashed with the tipple of your choice for a fruity cocktail. http://www.cornishcountrycordials.co.uk/
Cornish Natural Spring - Cornish Natural Spring Water is situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor in the picturesque and dramatic setting of Brown Willy and Rough Tor. The bottling plant stands on an underground lake where pure Cornish moorland kissed rainfall naturally filters through the rock to produce Cornish Natural Spring Water. http://www.cornishnaturalspring.co.uk/
Here we’ve listed all the food festivals, country shows, farmers markets and other popular events happening in Cornwall throughout 2016. We'll add to this page as more events during 2016 become known. If you know of a Cornish food event not listed here then please contact us.
Cornish Food Festivals and Country Shows During 2016
5 Mar 2016
World Pasty Championships at Eden, Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
As the Eden Project is based in Cornwall, the World Pasty Championships celebrate the traditional Cornish pasty recipe, as well as some more unusual varieties. From the Americas to Australia, pasties derived from recipes passed down by Cornish emigrants over centuries are eaten and enjoyed by many millions of people. The annual championships return on St Piran’s Day, with top Cornish folk singers Fisherman’s Friends headlining.
18 Mar 2016 to 20 Mar 2016
Beer and Mussel Festival
The Cornish Arms, Churchtown, St Merryn, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8ND
The event features over 40 different beers and ciders, and a busy line up of live entertainment over the weekend. The festival kicks off on Friday with a truly Cornish performance from local comedian Kernow King before dancing the night away with Taz DJ. Bacon baps and coffees will be on hand on Saturday morning along with a book signing from Rick and chef demos from Jack Stein and Stuart Pate. The 6 Nations rugby will be screened all day, kicking off with Wales vs. Italy at 2 and showing England vs. France at 8pm. Sunday includes chef demos from Alex Clark and Stephane Delourme, a book signing from Rick and live entertainment from Josh Curnow and the Boscastle Buoys as well as the Big Pub Quiz.
16 Apr 2016 to 17 Apr 2016
Porthleven Food Festival
Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 9JA
A weekend of Cornish food, beer and bands in the little harbour town of Porthleven, with over 90 food and craft stalls line the harbour. Marquees on the quayside will be packed full of tasty treats, live music and cookery demonstrations from local and celebrity chefs. The party atmosphere is alive from start to finish with everything from classic and country to rock and reggae with the very best of local and international acts. The festival finishes with a firework finale.
2 May 2016
St Ives May Day
St Ives Guildhall, West Pier, The Harbour & Rosemerryn, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2NH
Celebrating the end of winter and the coming of spring is a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years (celebrations can be shown to date back to 1573) in West Cornwall and St Ives rekindled its connection to the past when it revived its May Day festival a few years ago. Starting with the choosing of the 'May Queen', 'King', 'Prince', and "Princess", there follows a procession to the Harbour front, followed with Maypole dancing on the beach, by "Kidz R Us", and a barbeque on the wharf.
14 May 2016 to 15 May 2016
St Ives Food and Drink Festival
Porthminster Beach, St Ives, West Cornwall, TR26 2DS
Taste, try, meet, buy, and enjoy the finest flavours and tastes that Cornwall has to offer and see some of the best chefs in the county giving cooking demonstrations in one of the best food and drink destinations anywhere in the UK. The festival is a celebration of local produce and talent and a showcase of local chefs, culinary experts and a wide variety of local beverages and food. A Producers Market on Porthminster Beach will include some of Cornwall's leading food and drink producers displaying and selling their produce. With everything from beer and cider producers, to chocolate and cheese makers, fruit and vegetable growers and meat, chutney and bread you’ll find plenty to delight your taste buds.
9 Jun 2016 to 11 Jun 2016
Royal Cornwall Show
Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7JE
The Royal Cornwall Show has been part of the Cornish way of life for well over 200 years. It’s the county’s biggest annual event and is brim-full of exhibits and activities which offer so much in the way of entertainment, competition, information, shopping and all that’s best in food and farming. Being a top agricultural show it attracts increasing numbers of animals, entered into the hundreds of classes which are refined each year. And year on year people travel from further and further afield in the hope of coming away with an award.
23-25 September 2016
Great Cornish Food Festival
Tens of thousands of people descended on to Truro’s Lemon Quay in the final weekend of September for the Great Cornish Food Festival, the largest festival anywhere that’s completely dedicated to Cornish food and drink. Last year over 100 different food experts and chefs from across the county were among the line-up of exhibitors, live demonstrations and children’s activities to get people trying, tasting and learning about Cornwall’s fabulous larder.
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Newquay, Padstow, Bodmin, Bude, Launceston and North Cornwall Afternoon Tea
The Metropole Hotel
Station Road, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8DB
Price: From £12 per person
Located in one of the most enviable positions on the north Cornwall coast, the Metropole offers stunning sea and harbour views over Padstow and boasts delicious AA rosette dining in the Harbour Restaurant. Their afternoon tea comes with a pot of loose leaf tea, a selection of sandwiches, two scones, locally made strawberry preserve, Cornish clotted cream and various cakes and biscuits. Champagne afternoon tea is also available for £37.95 for two.
Rectory Farm Tearooms
Rectory Farm, Crosstown, Morwenstow, Nr Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9SR
The Rectory is located in the small rural parish of Morwenstow, overlooking the rugged coastline of North Cornwall. Built in the 13th Century the house is filled with character; from the antique furnishings and slate floors, to the open fires and original Oak Beams salvaged from the many ships wrecked along the North Cornwall coastline. The award winning tea rooms provide afternoon teas with almost all food homemade on premises. The tea room closes for winter so check their website for latest opening hours.
St Moritz Hotel
Trebetherick, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6SD
Price: £14 per person for afternoon tea and £22.95 for Champagne afternoon tea
Located in Trebetherick, with views across the stunning Camel Estuary and Atlantic Ocean, close to Rock and Padstow and within five minutes of the beaches at Daymer Bay and Polzeath, St Moritz is the perfect destination for a relaxing afternoon tea. Expect fancy cakes, finger sandwiches, perfect macaroons and homemade scones, all with a modern St Moritz twist. Complement it with your choice of speciality tea, or, if you’re feeling really indulgent, a glass of champagne.
Miss V’s Vintage High tea
St Benet’s Abbey, Truro Road, Lanivet, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 5HF
Miss V’s is located on the ‘Old Nursery’ grounds next to the beautiful St Just-in-Roseland church. It’s set amongst semi-tropical gardens on the riverbank of the Fal estuary and is easily accessed from the coastal path to St Mawes. They have outside seating and a Gazebo for shelter from rain or sun. Their cream teas are highly regarded and they were listed on Cornwall Life’s Top 5 Cream Teas in Cornwall. Miss V’s traditional Cornish cream & afternoon teas come with freshly baked homemade scones, homemade jam and Trewithen Dairy Cornish cream. They also specialise in tea parties, weddings and events.
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa
Esplanade Rd, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1PT
Price: £15 with tea, £19 with Cocktail or £24 with Champagne, per person
Situated overlooking Fistral Beach in Newquay, the Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa boasts panoramic views of Fistral Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Their signature ‘Storm in a Teacup’ afternoon tea claims to be the best in Newquay. They also offer two special edition afternoon teas to celebrate Easter and Christmas. These are carefully selected to compliment the time of year. Kick back and watch the waves roll in as you sip speciality Novus tea or Champagne and tuck into a tier of fabulously British delights, served from 12- 5pm.
The Scarlet Hotel
Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, TR8 4DQ
Price: £25pp with tea or £35pp with champagne
The Scarlet was designed as a grown-ups only escape, a place to spend time together very simply, sharing laughter and watching the sea. Both the interior and exterior design of the Scarlet embraces the building’s stunning cliff top location. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed every day between 3-5pm in the stunning restaurant, by the fire in the Lobby Lounge or alfresco on the terrace during summer days. The homemade cakes and pastries are delicate and delicious, from gorgeous macaroons to strawberry cupcakes. The scones are served with our homemade jam and local clotted cream. The sandwiches – made from artisan bread – are made to order. The tea, the only grown in the UK, is from the local Tregothnan estate.
St. Austell, Looe, Fowey and South Cornwall Afternoon Tea
The Fowey Hotel
Esplanade, Fowey, Cornwall PL23 1HX
Price: From £22.95 for afternoon tea for two (+£11.50 for each additional diner)
The town of Fowey is tucked away on the picturesque south coast of Cornwall, alongside the River Fowey which is one of the deepest rivers in the world. The Fowey Hotel has great views of the town and the river flowing out to sea. Served daily between 2pm and 5pm afternoon teas come with a selection of sandwiches, a pot of loose leaf tea, two scones, locally made strawberry preserve, Cornish clotted cream and various cakes and biscuits.
Fowey Hall Cornwall
Hanson Drive, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1ET
Price: £18.50 per person
Fowey Hall is a luxury family retreat overlooking the Fowey Estuary, it’s believed that the majestic Fowey Hall inspired Toad Hall in The Wind in the Willows. There's no better place to enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea complete with sandwiches, home-made cakes and, of course, warm scones with Cornish clotted cream. Gift vouchers for full afternoon tea or champagne afternoon tea are available through their website.
Trevalsa Court Country House Hotel
School Hill, Mevagissey, Cornwall , PL26 6TH
Price: £13 for person or £25 for two
Trevalsa, Cornish for house on the cliff, was originally a grand seaside home, secluded within two and a half acres of sub-tropical gardens. The restaurant offers wonderful views over Mevagissey Bay and the SW Coast Path is at the bottom of the garden. For afternoon tea enjoy a selection of sandwiches, home baked cakes, freshly cooked scones, Cornish clotted cream and local strawberry jam.
The Carlyon Bay Hotel
Sea Road, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3RD
Price: £18 per person
The luxury 4 star Carlyon Bay Hotel offers stunning views over St Austell Bay. Relax in the comfortable Carlyon Bay Terrace Lounge or sun terrace by the pool for warmer days whilst enjoying an afternoon tea. The Carlyon Bay Afternoon Tea comes with finger sandwiches, homemade scones and jam, Cornish cream, various cakes and Cornish grown tea.
Penzance, St. Ives, Falmouth, Truro and West Cornwall Afternoon Tea
The Bay Restaurant
Britons Hill, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 3AE
Price: From £14.50 per person or £22.50 per person for Champagne afternoon tea.
Located on the waterfront of Penzance, The Bay Restaurant is well known for its delightful afternoon tea. The Bay has been awarded two AA rosettes for culinary excellence for years, and has gained many awards as a mark of its quality. Afternoon Tea in The Bay Restaurant is a special treat and an indulgence that anyone can enjoy. Its served in the light, airy restaurant or on the fabulous terrace overlooking Mount's Bay, from 14.30 – 16.30. Gift vouchers are available through their website.
The Falmouth Hotel Cornwall
Castle Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall , TR11 4NZ
Price: From £12.95 per person for high tea
The Falmouth Hotel is one of Cornwall's best known hotels, opening in 1865 as the Great Western Railway expanded into Cornwall. It boasts stunning Victorian architecture, spacious interiors, a fantastic sea front location and award winning foods. High Tea can be enjoyed in The Castle Beach Restaurant, featuring the best of local produce. They also offer Prosecco and Champagne afternoon tea.
The Royal Duchy
Cliff Road, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4NX
Price: £13 per person
The Royal Duchy is one of the finest luxury hotels in Cornwall with an unrivalled position on Falmouth's lovely seafront, giving glorious views across Falmouth Bay and towards Pendennis Castle. Full afternoon tea includes cucumber and smoked salmon finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and a Cornish cream tea with Champagne afternoon tea also available for £21 per person.
The Pollurian Hotel
Polurrian Road, Mullion, Cornwall , TR12 7EN
Price: From £14.50 per person
The Polurrian Bay is a luxury family hotel perched on the cliffs of the Lizard Peninsula, famous for being where inventor Marconi stayed when he sent the first transatlantic message in 1901. The hotel’s classic Edwardian beauty has been revamped with boutique sea-view lounges and restaurant. On warmer days afternoon tea can be enjoyed on the hotels sun terrace. Gift vouchers for full afternoon tea or champagne afternoon tea are available through their website.
St. Michael's Hotel & Spa
Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall , TR11 4NB
Price: £13.95 per person
St Michaels is a 4 star hotel and spa is located overlooking Falmouth Bay. This award winning hotel boasts best spa in Cornwall, large hotel of the year, 2 AA Rosettes, and a Gold Green Tourism Award. Afternoon tea is severed between 2 and 5.30 and includes a mini cream tea, a selection of individual miniature desserts, a choice of tea or coffee and finger sandwiches. Champagne afternoon tea is available for £17.95 per person.
Charlottes Tea House
1 Boscawen St, Truro TR1 2QU
Set on the first floor of Coinage Hall in Truro, which has a history that goes back to 1302 and the Halcyon days of Cornish tin mining, Charlotte's Tea House creates a sanctuary of Victorian tranquillity just a few steps from the busy main streets below. Charlotte's offers a large selection of leaf teas and quality freshly brewed bean to cup Italian coffee and Cornish leaf tea from the Tregothnan Estate.
Helford Passage, Mawnan Smith, Nr Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5LG
Price: £27.85 for afternoon tea for two
On a quiet bend of the tranquil Helford River nestles the award-winning 4 star Budock Vean Hotel. It’s set in 65 acres of glorious gardens, woodlands and has its own golf course. With an AA Rosette restaurant renowned for amazing food it’s a lovely place to enjoy an afternoon tea. The tea is grown on the Tregothnan Estate, just 17 miles from Budock Vean, and scones and cakes are made to the Pastry Chef's Grandmother's secret recipe.
Tregolls Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1ZQ
Price: £15 per person
The Alverton hotel in Truro is a historical Grade II listed building, previously a convent built by the same architect as Truro Cathedral. The Alverton poses a unique charm within walking distance to all that Truro has to offer. Their afternoon tea comes with a selection of finger sandwiches, a Cornish cream tea, Tregothnan Tea and a selection of homemade cakes.
The Idle Rocks
Harbourside, St. Mawes, Cornwall, TR2 5AN
The Idle Rocks is situated idyllically on the Harbourside of St Mawes, perched perfectly on the rocks. Its restaurant and South facing Terrace offer an ideal location to appreciate the view across the water, whilst enjoying fabulous Cornish afternoon tea served daily from 3pm.
The Greenbank Hotel
Harbourside, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 2SR
Price: From £15 per person or £26 to share
Nestled on Falmouth harbour, the Greenbank Hotel blends the best of coastal living with the finest in contemporary comfort, so you can experience life on the water’s edge. The restaurant, bar and terrace are open daily serving afternoon tea from 2 – 6pm. Greenbank afternoon tea includes a selection of traditional afternoon cakes, their house scones, Roddas clotted cream, strawberry jam and finger sandwiches. They also offer Children’s, Champagne or Chocohic’s afternoon teas.
Cornwall has lots of Christmas events and activities, from getting into the festive spirit by watching the magic of the Christmas Light switch, meeting Santa, to finishing your Christmas, Cornwall has plenty of seasonal events to entertain the whole family. The popularity of Christmas markets and late night shopping evenings where you can enjoy an assortment of craft stalls and local food and drink and entertainment continues to grow each year. It therefore shouldn’t be hard to find an event to get you in the festive mood nearby.
Picture: City of Lights, Truro
If you want some Christmas fun and ideas on things to do with the whole family or inspiration on the best markets or last minute shopping locations, we’ve listed all the events taking place throughout Christmas 2015 in Cornwall. As, we find out about more Christmas markets and events during the season, we’ll add to this list so please contact us if you’d like your event to be included.
2015 Christmas lights switch on throughout Cornwall
18 November - Truro Christmas lights switch-on
4 December – Falmouth Christmas lights switch-on
2015 Christmas markets, food and craft fairs in Cornwall
7 November 10am-4pm – Launceston Christmas Market, Launceston Town Hall
7 November 10am-4pm – Christmas Craft Fayre, The Old Press Gallery, St Austell
13 - 15 November - Cathedral City Christmas Market, Lemon Quay, Truro http://www.ccmarkets.co.uk/
21 November - Cornish Winter Fair, Royal Cornwall Events Centre, Wadebridge http://www.royalcornwallshow.org/other-events/the-cornish-winter-fair
25 November – 20 December – Truro Christmas Market http://www.trurochristmasmarkets.com/christmas-markets/
28 November – Mylor Christmas Gift Fair, Tremayne Hall, Mylor Bridge
28 - 29 November - Christmas Craft Fair at Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Mawgan Porth
28 November - Christmas Fayre & Santa’s Grotto at RSPCA Animal Centre at St Columb
3 - 6 December – Padstow Christmas Festival, Padstow Harbour http://www.padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk/
4 - 6 December - Fowey Christmas Market, Town Quay, Fowey http://www.foweymarket.co.uk/traders.php
11 — 12 December - Wadebridge Christmas Weekend, Molesworth St, Eddystone Road and Polmorla Walk, Wadebridge http://www.wadebridgechristmasweekend.co.uk/
12, 13, 19, 20 December - Christmas at Trevena Cross Nurseries, Breage, Helston http://www.trevenacross.co.uk/
12 – 13 December - Jubilee Wharf Christmas Fair, Penryn
12 — 13 December - Heartlands Christmas Market Weekend, Dudnance Lane, Pool, Redruth http://www.heartlandscornwall.com/events/heartlands-christmas-market-weekend-301.php
Other Christmas events in Cornwall during winter 2015
15 November — 31 December - Christmas garland & decorated hall, Cotehele National Trust, St Dominick, nr Saltash
18 November – Truro City of Lights http://www.cityoflights.org.uk/
21 November — 20 December - Christmas at Trerice, Trerice, near Newquay
28 November - Xmas Bauble Blowing Day in Penryn, Malcolm Sutcliffe Glass Gallery & Studio, Penryn http://www.malcolm-sutcliffe.co.uk/
28 November — 23 December - Christmas at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St. Austell http://heligan.com/
28 November - Liskeard Lights Up Winter carnival http://www.liskeardlightsup.co.uk/
12 December - The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmas, St Ives Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives http://www.crbo.co.uk/eventDetail.php?evGrp=114&evId=11127
Late night shopping in Cornwall this season
Truro late night shopping ever Wednesday evening until 9pm 25 November to 23 December