Where to go for a Cream Tea in Padstow

Posted by Cornish Hampers on

Updated June 2023

In this blog we've researched the best places to go for a cream tea when visiting Padstow in Cornwall, detailing the location, afternoon tea menu and the venues reviews. More more ideas of where to go for afternoon tea in the area see this blog post.

The Cherry Trees Coffee House

Padstow Harbour Cream Tea


Location / Venue

8 Mill Square, Padstow PL28 8AQ

The Cherry Tree Coffee House is a small café with inside seating that occupies a prime location in the middle of Padstow’s popular harbour.


Traditional Cornish cream tea £5.95 (2018) - two freshly baked scones, Boddington’s strawberry jam, Cornish clotted cream & a pot of Cornish tea.

They also make gluten free scones and have a wide selection of homemade cakes.


TripAdvisor 5.0, Google 4.8

TripAdvisor reviewers regularly refer to the quality and portion size of The Cherry Tree’s homemade cakes, their lovely Cornish breakfasts and their friendly staff. Prices are judged to be as expected for a popular harbour location. It is quite small and can get fairly busy so one reviewer recommends using their takeaway counter and enjoying the food overlooking the estuary from the green just past Padstow harbour.


Rest A While Tea Garden

Tea Garden Near Padstow


Location / Venue

7 Coastguard Houses, Hawkers Cove, Padstow PL28 8HW

From Rest A While’s Facebook page: A short walk (approx. 2 miles) along the coast path from Padstow. No parking facilities, but you can drive to Hawkers Cove (past Padstow Farm Shop) and keep going to the end of the road where the sign says 'No Parking or Turning Ahead'. Park anywhere there on the road and then walk through the gateway and down the hill. Follow the signs.

The beaches at the end of Padstow’s estuary are beautiful and because there is no parking directly next to them they are generally quite quiet. Rest A While Tea Garden is a residential house with seating in the back garden with stunning views across the estuary mouth. It’s the perfect location for a stop off for anyone walking the SW coast path.


TripAdvisor 5.0, Google 4.9

Reviews focus on the beautiful view from the tea garden, the delish food, especially the cakes, cream teas and crab sandwich and the friendly service.


The Metropol Hotel, Padstow

Afternoon Tea in Padstow


Location / Venue

Station Rd, Padstow PL28 8DB

The Metropole sits above Padstow’s harbour near Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips. It benefits from stunning views of the harbour and estuary and offers 2 AA rosette dining in its Harbour Restaurant.


Traditional Cornish Cream Tea £7.50 per person (2018) - 2 homemade scones, Homemade Strawberry jam & Cornish clotted cream and a pot of Novus loose leaf tea or cafetiere coffee.

Full Afternoon Tea £17.50 per person (2018) – the above plus a selection of freshly made finger sandwiches and a selection of homemade sweet treats.


Hotel on TripAdvisor 4.0, Google 4.3

Lots of the positive reviews mention the location with it’s lovely sea views. The food is described as excellent by many reviewers, some even complement the food despite being disappointed with the rest of their stay.


Greens of Padstow

Seaview Cream Tea Padstow


Location / Venue

North Quay, Padstow, PL28 8AF

Greens of Padstow is a licensed cafe and crazy golf garden perched high above Padstow harbour, with panoramic views over the Camel Estuary and town. Green’s is a modern restaurant with a light and bright interior and an outdoor patio area.


Homemade scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam is £3.75 (2018). Gluten free scones, along with other homemade cakes and ice creams are available.


TripAdvisor 4.5, Google 4.3

The theme of Green’s TripAdvisor reviews is very similar to the other venues in Padstow with great views coming up time and time again, along with great food and friendly staff. Scones arriving warm with delicious jam and clotted cream also being pointed out.


The Old Mill House

Small tea garden near Padstow for a cream Tea


Location / Venue

The Old Mill House, Little Petherick Nr. Padstow, Cornwall PL27 7QT

The Old Mill House is a B & B with a small tearoom set in a 16th century corn mill. It’s located 2 miles outside of Padstow in the pretty hamlet of Little Petherick.


A pot of 'Tregothnan' Cornish tea accompanied by a delicious homemade scone, served with Rodda's Cornish clotted cream, homemade Cornish strawberry jam and fresh strawberries - £4.50 per person.


B&B TripAdvisor 5.0, Google 4.6

Review comments focus on the friendly owners and prettiness of the building. Well-kept gardens and good cream teas is also a feature of their TripAdvisor reviews.

See also where to go for a cream tea in Newquay and St Ives.


  • Agree with your reviews, but I’m a bit biased about Rest a While as I used to live in that house back along. You just need to change the date that the Prideaux-Brunes started living at Place to 1552!

    julie cruddace on

  • You missed the best cream tea is at www.lellizzick.co.uk they just don’t pester everyone to leave a review on trip advisor

    danielle barnard on

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