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Where to find the best cream tea in Cornwall: hidden gems and local favourites

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Lesser-known destinations for a traditional Cornish sweet treat

It’s well-known that the Cornish take a great deal of pride in their cream teas, and it’s more than likely you will be in search of one while in the South West. After all, there’s nothing like the taste of sweet strawberry jam and a spoonful of clotted cream on top of a freshly baked scone.

With National Cream Tea Day taking place on 25th June this year, we’re celebrating by sharing some of our favourite places for a cream tea in Cornwall. Aside from the big names like The Headland and Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, we thought we’d highlight some lesser-known gems. From off the beaten track cafés to farm shops with beautiful views, find a taste of Cornwall with our insider's guide.

Hidden treasures 


Beautiful riverside stop off

Tucked away in the tiny parish of St Winnow, near Lostwithiel, is a charming café with views over the riverside church and sparkling Fowey Estuary. Angie’s is known by many locals as the best cream tea spot in Cornwall. Open in the summer months, you’ll find local lady Angie serving beautiful cakes made with fresh ingredients, some even from the farm a few yards away. We recommend walking through the woodland at Ethy Woods to St Winnow, where you'll be treated to stunning views, making the reward at the end even sweeter.

Always jam first at Sunset Surf

Gwithian is one of Cornwall’s most beautiful locations. With a soft sand beach backed by sand dunes and shallow rockpools, it’s a popular day trip for surfers and families alike. When hungry bellies are calling, shake the sand off your feet and go in search of warm fruit scones with jam. Sunset Surf sits further back from the buzz of the beach and provides a haven for a delicious afternoon treat. 

Berries galore in Porthcothan

Serving up a feast of sweet and savoury delights including freshly baked pasties and sausage rolls, take to this charming tearoom to partake in a popular Cornish pastime above Porthcothan Bay. Fashioned into the shape of a heart and served with handfuls of freshly picked strawberries, Berryfields promises a cream tea experience like no other. 

Something different 

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Feed your fancy at Freddo’s

Situated moments from Newquay’s Towan Beach, you’ll find a friendly parlour serving unusual ice cream flavours, toasted sandwiches and delicious cream teas. Sourcing ingredients from the best of Cornwall’s suppliers and made on-site, Freddo’s will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. If curiosity gets the better of you, try their chilli and chocolate ice cream for a fiery treat.


Cream tea with a view 


Refuel at The Polpeor Café

As Cornwall’s most southerly café, it’s no surprise the views are nothing but spectacular from this little tearoom. Sitting on the edge of The Lizard Peninsula, Polpeor is one of the most beautiful places to enjoy a tradtional cream tea in Cornwall. We recommend walking the coastal path to Kynance Cove on a sunny day or opt for a shorter walk to nearby Housel Bay if you haven’t got your walking boots on.

Quaint quayside spot

Perfectly located on Padstow’s harbour edge, this loveable coffee shop boasts views across the Camel Estuary alongside an extensive menu of freshly baked goods. Open all year round and featuring a tasty brunch menu, settle down to enjoy a warm scone and a pot of tea at Cherry Trees after busy days exploring a plethora of waterfront shops and walking routes.

Perfectly placed in Polzeath

A popular spot for freshly baked pastries and hot coffees, Flo's Kitchen is also one of our favourites for a scone in the sun. With a delicious selection of salads, deli subs and pasties on offer, Flo’s Kitchen is on hand to fill hungry bellies after hours spent in the waves.  Drop in to pick up morning pastries and coffee before heading down to the beach or grab an outside table and enjoy lunch in the sunshine.  

Always homemade and fresh off the farm

Take in panoramic sea views over Cornwall’s north coast from the much-loved Boscastle Farm Shop positioned on the hill above Boscastle. Surrounded by National Trust Farmland, the menu is sourced as nearby as possible and is treasured by locals. Enjoy a generous cream tea before stocking up the pantry with the delights on offer in the farm shop. In the summer months, take someone special to enjoy a decadent afternoon tea – complete with fresh sandwiches, savoury pastries, and mini desserts.

Image credits: Berryfields | Kynance Cove and Polzeath Beach from Visit Cornwall and all other images are our own or from Unsplash.

Speak to our Concierge Team to start planning your Cornish staycation: 01208 895 570


Posted by Bethany Walton

Beth can usually be found on a Cornish beach or enjoying a swim in the sea. She has great insight about where to visit across the county, plus plenty of recommendations for finding the best Cornish ice cream.

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