Choosing 30 of the best cream teas in Devon
We’ve created this list containing some of the best cream teas served at tearooms and hotels in Devon from a wide range of sources, such as Tripadvisor ratings/comments, previous awards, independent cream tea reviews, quality of ingredients used and general establishment character/setting. There are plenty of great cream teas in Devon not featured on this list and if you believe you should be included please contact us. Some of the venues featured are up market hotels whilst others are small tearooms hidden deep in the Devonshire countryside. In compiling our cream tea guide we’ve tried to make sure that North Devon, East Devon, South Devon and Dartmoor all have good representation so that its easy to find a great cream tea throughout the county. All information was correct at the time of writing this page (summer 2015) but prices will certainly change overtime. Also, see our 30 of the best cream teas in Cornwall page.
North Devon Cream Teas
Three times winner of Devon Life’s “Best Tearoom” Award, Hele Corn Mill is a unique working watermill dating back to 1525, located by the stunning Hele Bay. They offer some different variations on the traditional cream tea, including the Devonshire Split and Thunder and Lightning cream teas where golden syrup replaces strawberry jam. Gluten free and vegan options (pre-booking appreciated).
Nelly May’s Parlour
63 High St, Ilfracombe, North Devon EX34 9QE
Open Times: Tuesday -Friday 10:00 – 16:00, Saturday 09:00 – 16:00
Price: Full cream tea (2 scones) with is £5.95. Mini cream tea (1 scone) is £4.05
Nelly May’s Parlour in Ilfracombe, North Devon, opened in July 15. Their cream teas, with homemade scones and jam, have quickly built a reputation as one of the best in North Devon. Independent cream tea reviewer Ditch Townsend recently rated their Devonshire cream teas as one of the best of over 200 tasted in Devon during 2015.
The Watersmeet Hotel
Woolacombe, North Devon, EX34 7EB
Open Times: All day
Price: £7.50 for a full cream tea
Above a quiet, sandy beach on Devon’s rugged North Atlantic coast sits The Watersmeet Hotel in the timeless village of Mortehoe. Their cream teas are served with freshly made scones, thick local clotted cream and sweet strawberry jam. In summer cream teas can be enjoyed on the suntrap terrace or the lawn, whilst in winter they’re served in the comfy lounge.
The Thatch Pub
Croyde, North Devon, EX33 1LZ
Open Times: All day from 10am
The Thatch Pub is a beautiful 16th Century thatched Free House in the surfing town of Croyde on the North Devon coast. They use the best locally sourced products and ingredients from across Devon and Exmoor. http://www.northdevonjournal.co.uk listed their cream tea as one of the best cream teas in North Devon.
Tea on the Green Café – Westward Ho
Golf Links Road, Westward Ho, Bideford, North Devon EX39 1LH
Open Times: Weds-Sun 11am-5pm
The Tea on the Green at Westward Ho offers a wonderfully unique cream tea experience; it names its cream teas after famous movie stars… The Hepburn, The Grant and The Taylor! The café has one of the best positions by the North Devon coast and enjoys raving Trip Advisor reviews.
Corn Dolly Tea Shop
115A East Street, South Molton EX36 3DB
Open Times: Call to check 01769 574249
Price: Full cream tea (two scones) is £5.65 and a half cream tea (one scone) £4.35
In the pleasant market town of South Molton the Corn Dolly is a small family run business that’s been serving some of the best cream teas in North Devon for nearly 30 years. The Corn Dolly’s warm homemade scones are cut into huge wedges and served with locally sourced clotted cream. They also do a flavoured scone of the week, such as delicious apple and cinnamon.
Rosmoor Garden Kitchen
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH
Open Times: Daily, 10am-5.30pm in Summer & 10am-4.30pm in Winter
Price: Full cream tea (two scones) 5.75, Sparkling Cream Tea £9.50 (includes 20cl bottle of Prosecco)
Deep in the West Devon countryside outside of Torrington is the Royal Horticultural Society’s Rosemoor Garden. Admission to the restaurant is free and it has views overlooking some of the beautiful gardens. The garden kitchen restaurant serves excellent Devonshire cream teas with homemade scones and a choice of jams.
Exeter & East Devon Cream Teas
Bickleigh, Tiverton, Devon EX16 8RG
Open Times: 10am-5.30pm daily
Price: Full cream tea (two scones) is £4.95 and a half cream tea (one scone) £3.95
Set on the Exe River, along the picturesque road half way between Tiverton and Exeter, Bickleigh Mill is one of Devon’s largest and most exciting rural shopping, eating and recreation destinations housed within this 18th century historic working water Mill. Their cream teas come with extra large home-made scones and local clotted cream.
Salty Monk Restaurant
Church Street, Sidford, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 9QP
Open Times: Everyday 10am-5pm
Price: Full cream tea (two scones) £8.00
The Salty Monk is in the village of Sidford, or why not walk along National Trust “The Byes” from Sidmouth and make a day of it. Afternoon Teas here are a delight with everything homemade from the award winning Scones & Jam to an array of cake and a Savoury Tea with their own Smoked Salmon. Great Gluten free options and Doggie friendly too you can sit in the award winning gardens, or in the winter a cosy lounge, large private Car Park.
Clock Tower Cafe
Connaught Gardens, Peak Hill Rd, Sidmouth EX10 8RZ
Open Times: 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week
The Clock Tower Cafe has a stunning location at the top of Jacobs Ladder in Sidmouth, with wonderful views of the South Devon coastline below. They have been serving great food for over 24 years and offer an excellent selection of cakes which all come in very generous portions. The cafe has a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and at the time of writing this (Feb 17) is rated as 1st of 72 places to eat in and around Sidmouth!
Otterton Mill Tearoom
Otterton, Near Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG
Open Times: Daily 10am-5pm
Price: Full cream tea (two scones) £7.25, half cream tea (one scone) £4.95
Otterton Mill is an award winning café, bakery and food shop set in the ancient mill on the banks of the peaceful River Otter. The mill is dog friendly and there is a lovely walk following the river to Budleigh Salterton where it meets the sea. They produce fine organic scones in the ancient mill and their cream teas are regularly featured in local papers as one of the best cream teas in Devon and the Westcountry.
The Welcome Café – Re-opens under new management 8 Feb 17
Haven Banks, Water Lane, Exeter, Devon EX2 8DU
Open Times: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
Price: Full cream tea (two scones) is £6.00, half cream tea (one scone) £4.50
A short walk from Exeter Quay overlooking the canal and Trews Weir on the River Exe is the Welcome Café. Cream teas are served with tasty homemade scones and a spread of three jams – apple ginger, blackberry and classic strawberry. The café has a sheltered outdoor garden to the rear with seating for those wanting to eat their cream tea outside.
Royal Oak Farm
Cotleigh, Honiton, East Devon EX14 9LF
Open Times: Summer 9.30am-5.30pm daily, Winter 9.30am-4.30pm Tuesday to Saturday
Price: Full cream tea (two scones) £5.90, half cream tea (one scone) £4.50
The Royal Oak Farm has a small tearoom alongside a traditional pick-your-own fruit farm. Their gorgeous farm shop is packed to the brim with produce grown locally and meat reared within just a few miles. All scones are freshly baked each morning and served with local clotted cream and homemade jam produced from the strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants grown on-site. They have a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and their cream teas are award winning with most recent award being the Devon Life “Best Scone in Devon 2016” award.
Oak Barn Coffee Shop
Knowle Hill, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7AL
Open Times: Monday – Sunday 9.45am-4.30pm
Price: Full cream tea (two scones) £5.65, half cream tea (one scone) £4.65
In the countryside on the outskirts of the beautiful East Devon seaside town of Budleigh Salterton is the Oak Barn coffee lounge and furniture shop. They offer cream teas with a difference – large Cherry Bakewell flavoured scones! The loose leaf tea also adds to the experience as its accompanied by a three-phase tea timer for weak, moderate or strong tea strength.
Torquay, Plymouth and South Devon Cream Teas
Set on Babbacombe Downs, with excellent views over the South Devon coast, the tearoom and daytime restaurant at Angels bustles from the moment the doors are open. They offer lots of cream tea variations that come highly recommended on Trip Advisor. Angels’ afternoon tea is also very popular including lots of tasty home-made cakes and representing great value for money.
Orestone Manor is an independent family run classic country house hotel. It boosts two AA rosettes for fine dining and is an ideal place to enjoy an Afternoon Tea with spectacular sea views over Lyme Bay.
Café Vanilla at Orchid Paradise
Burnham Nurseries Ltd, Forches Cross, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6PZ
Open Times: Daily 10am – 4pm
Price: Devon Cream Tea for 1 £4.45, for 2 £6.45
Café Vanilla is set in the award-winning orchid nursery Burnham Nurseries so you can enjoy your delicious cream tea surrounded by beautiful orchids and learn how vanilla is actually from a species of orchid! A tasty savoury tea is also on offer with lovely warmed cheese scones.
The Singing Kettle
3 Kistor Place, Belgrave Road, Torquay TQ2 5HP
Open Times: Mon. Wed to Fri. 10am – 3pm
Sat & Sun 9:30am – 4pm
The Singing Kettle are a family run tea room situated close to Torquay’s sea front, with its own sun terrace, that serves a real Devon Cream Tea, including Gluten Free and Diabetic all made on the premises. They also offer a good selection of homemade cakes and cookies. Their selection of teas are loose leaf blended locally and coffee roasted in Torquay. Give them a try and see why customers keep returning.
Anne of Cleves Tearoom
56 Fore Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5RU
Open Times: Monday – Saturday 9.30am-5pm, Sunday 10.30am-4pm
Price: Devonshire Cream Tea (two scones) £5.45
Anne of Cleves is situated in a grade II listed Elizabethan building in the centre of the colourful town of Totnes. Priding themselves on the best service possible, Anne of Cleves offer excellent homemade cakes which includes their tasty scones.
Salcombe Harbour Hotel
Cliff Road, Salcombe, South Devon , TQ8 8JH
Open Times: Daily 3.30pm-4.3pm for Afternoon Tea & Cream Teas
Price: From £8.50 for a Devonshire Cream Tea with two scones
Enjoy afternoon tea with stunning views of Salcombe estuary at The Jetty restaurant. Relax in the lounge, or out on the terrace to experience the spectacular views. Their Jetty Cream Tea comes with plain and fruit scones served with clotted cream & jam with your choice of teas for £8.50 per person. The Jetty Afternoon Tea also includes a selection of sandwiches and homemade cakes for £16.50 per person, with the option to add a glass of sparkling wine for £21.95. For the ultimate treat they also offer a Champagne Afternoon Tea for £25.50.
Old Mill Cafe
Start Bay Caravan Club Site, Church Rd, Wembury, Plymouth PL9 0HP
Open Times: open everyday from April till November
The Old Mill Cafe are a National Trust building situated right on Wembury beach, an area of Special scientific interest. Run by sisters that live locally they pride themselves on sourcing local produce and making home made cakes and soup. They have a small menu but strive to provide high quality. They serve locally roasted organic Coffee and Plymouth Tea, have an alcohol licence and can accept card payments.
Colebrook, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon. PL7 4DP
Open Times: 12am-5pm daily
Price: Devon Cream Tea (two scones) £8.50
Boringdon Hall Hotel is a seductive manor house hotel on the edge of Dartmoor where luxury and style come together with the drama of Elizabethan architecture. It serves great afternoon and cream teas with homemade scones which can be enjoyed in the Great Hall or intimate but impressive Grenville Suite.
Dartmoor Cream Teas
Home Farm Café
Parke, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9JQ
Open Times: Daily 10am-5pm
Price: Full cream tea (two scones) £5.95, half cream tea (one scone) £4.95
On the outskirts of Bovey Tracey, Home Farm Café is set in the Parke Estate, which is now home to the Dartmoor National Park Authority. There is dog friendly seating inside and outside which is ideal for dog walkers who want to enjoy a stroll along the River Bovey and Granite Railway that pass through the estate.
Dartmoor National Park, North Bovey, Devon TQ13 8RE
Open Times: 2.00pm – 4.30pm daily
Price: Full cream tea (two scones) £17.00
Bovey Castle, set in Dartmoor National Park, is one of the finest hotels in the UK and offers visitors a chance to be treated like a king whilst enjoying a cream tea or a more extensive afternoon tea within its wonderful grounds.
The Old Forge Caffe & Restaurant
6 The Square, Chagford, Dartmoor, Devon TQ13 8AB
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Open Times: Tuesday – Sunday 9.30am-5pm
Price: Full cream tea (two scones) £6.25, half cream tea (one scone) £4.50
The Old Forge is a beautiful converted blacksmith’s forge in the heart of Chagford serving high quality local and homemade food and drink. Independent cream tea reviewer Ditch Townsend rated their cream tea as the best of the over 200 cream teas he has tasted this year. Their cream teas are well presented in wicker baskets on a wooden chopping board and come with loose leaf tea.
Prince Hall Hotel
Two Bridges, Dartmoor, Devon PL20 6SA
Price: Devonshire Cream Tea £8.00
The Prince Hall Hotel is set high on Dartmoor in a lovely setting overlooking the beautiful West River Dart. They serve delicious Devonshire cream teas featuring freshly baked crumbly scones, locally made strawberry preserve and Devon clotted cream. Creams teas can be enjoyed in the cosy sitting room or bar, the light and airy restaurant or outside on the terrace. They are dog friendly so pop in for a cream tea after a walk on Dartmoor.
Dartmeet, Princetown, Dartmoor, Devon PL20 6SG
Open Times: Summer 10am-6pm Winter 10am-5pm, call to check in winter 01364 631213
Price: Full cream tea (two scones) £5.75
Once an old fishing lodge, Badger’s Holt is located on Dartmoor between Ashburton and Princetown at Dartmeet, the famous beauty spot where the east and west tributaries of the River Dart meet. Badger’s Holt serves a great Devonshire cream tea, with a secret scone recipe going back 60 years, offering homemade traditional fruit, cheese and gluten free scones.
Fox Tor Café
Two Bridges Road, Princetown, Dartmoor, Devon PL20 6QS
Open Times: 9am-5pm daily
Price: Full cream tea (two scones) £4.15, half cream tea (one scone) £3.25
The Fox Tor Café, situated close to the centre of Princetown in the heart of Dartmoor, makes for a perfect place to rest after a hard day walking on Dartmoor. Their cream teas are very reasonably priced and they offer gluten free homemade scones and diabetic jam. They also usually offer flavoured scones, including a ginger one, and various jams.
Moorland Gardens Hotel
Yelverton, Near Plymouth, South Devon, PL20 6DA
Open Times: Call to check 01822 852245
Moorland Garden Hotel is located in ‘War Horse’ country, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, not far from Plymouth, Tavistock and the border with Cornwall. It’s set within nine acres of stunning and tranquil moorland garden. Devon cream teas and afternoon teas are served in the Lounge or in the picturesque garden and come with homemade scones and a choice of tea.
White Hart Hotel
The Square, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 8NQ
Open Times: Cream Teas served Monday – Saturday, 10am-4pm
Price: Full cream tea (two scones) £6.60, half cream tea (one scone) £4.60
The White Hart Hotel is a family-owned hotel in the centre of Moretonhampstead on the Eastern side of Dartmoor. The hotel is very dog friendly so dog owners can pop in after a nice walk on the moors. Food is sourced locally and cream teas can be enjoyed daily in the restaurant or bar area.