It's definite: we are having a summer. The sun is here to stay, so get out the strawberry jam, scones, slatherings of cream and pots of tea and let cream tea season commence.
But don’t be fooled into thinking you can take your cream tea any which way you choose. No! Visit North Devon estimates that cream teas contribute around £85m a year to the Devon economy.
So should the scone be plain, or is a fruit scone acceptable? Annette Witheridge, owner of the Salty Monk in Sidmouth, is very insistent on this point: “The scones should be light and petite, not heavy and solid, nor should they contain fruit. For a cream tea, the jam provides the fruit.”
FIVE GREAT CREAM TEAS
Salty Monk, Sidmouth, Devon
Winner of the Best Coastal Cream Tea in this year’s Heart of Devon awards, and if you overdose on the scones, they have guest accommodation in their 16th-century buildings where you can sleep it off.
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Cream Tea Excellence in the Heart of Devon
Here in the Heart of Devon we pride ourselves on being home to a traditional favourite: the cream tea! There’s nothing better than a homemade scone covered in clotted cream and jam. Whether you’re sat out in the sunshine or cosied in next to a roaring fire – a cream tea is the perfect treat to help make it a great day out.
And the winner is........ The Real Food Store, Exeter!
Congratulations to the other finalists for the best Heart of Devon Cream who were:
Best Coast Cream Tea 2013: Salty Monk
Best Countryside Cream Tea 2013: Delimann
Early 2013 is dedicated to the Heart of Devon’s spectacular cream teas. Loads of attractions, cafes, restaurants, hotels, self-catering properties and B&B’s are getting involved to make sure you get to experience the best of our cream teas.