What better way to reward yourself after a long walk along the coast than digging into a delicious Cornish cream tea! Cornwall is famous for it’s incredible clotted creams, and wonderful artisanal jams – and a trip to this coastal county isn’t complete without ordering at least one Cornish cream tea.
Fear not – vegans, dairy-free eaters and celiacs we’ve got you covered with plenty of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options. And don’t forget, in Cornwall we always serve our cream teas with jam first…
The Rock Pool Café is is a quirky café picturesquely seated above the sea pool in Mousehole. Their popular outdoor seating area provides the perfect spot to sit and watch the waves roll in, and you might even spot a seal! Their homemade scones are fresh and baked to perfection, and they are always generous with the portions of Tiptree Strawberry jam and Trewithen clotted cream.
The Lakeside Cabin Café is a beautiful café hidden away on the outskirts of St Ives, surrounded by the peace and tranquillity of the stunning Nance fishing lakes. With plenty of outdoor seating and views overlooking the lake, enjoying one of their delicious traditional Cornish cream teas in the sunshine is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. They use Boddington’s jam and Rodda’s clotted cream, and during the height of summer have plenty of gluten and dairy-free options. Earlier on in the season, when they have less free-from options widely available, they are always happy to cater to special dietary requirements if you call them in advance.
Trengwainton Tearooms is a very special café where you’ll discover a wide variety of mouthwatering homemade food, including their wonderful cream teas. Their walled garden is a lovely sun trap and picnic rugs are available for anyone wishing to have lunch on the lawn – perfect for cream teas in the sun. Their scones are freshly baked each morning, with a variety of flavours including classics like fruit, cheese and occasionally they whip up some delicious ginger, or chocolate and orange scones. They serve gluten free scones, which are also made in house, and are currently expanding their range of gluten and dairy free cakes. They use Rodda’s clotted and their jams are all from the West Country. We particularly recommend trying the Kea plum jam, as the Kea plums are grown less than 30 miles away in Truro. Although Trengwainton Gardens is part of the National Trust, the café entrance is outside the admissions gate and can be visited independently of the garden.
The Honey Pot is a charming little café in the heart of Penzance, just opposite the iconic Acorn Theatre. Their scones are made fresh, in house, and served with Roddas clotted cream and Cornish strawberry jam. They also do a very popular ‘Cheese Tea’; which includes two freshly baked cheese scones, a pot of tea and a choice of local cheeses and chutneys – perfect for those who prefer something savoury! Excitingly they’ve also just launched their brand new vegan Cornish cream tea served with jam and oat cream. Their coffee is delicious and they have an extensive range of teas. Expect delicious homemade food and service with a smile.
The Digey Food Room is a café in the heart of old town St Ives on the cobbled streets of the Digey. Scones are baked daily in house, so they are always supper fresh and their Cornish cream teas are served with Boddington’s strawberry jam, and Trewithen clotted cream. Celiacs and gluten free eaters can have one of their delicious gluten-free fruit scones, and their main menu and cake selection is full of dairy free, gluten free and vegan options. If you can’t see what you’re looking for, just ask, as everything is cooked fresh and they’re happy to assist with any special dietary requirements. Their food is made from the finest local and artisan ingredients and the shop and deli is stocked with a mix of quality Cornish and International products.
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