From stunning views, wonderful food, water sports and idyllic beaches, you’d be forgiven for forgetting one Cornwall tradition which is essential for every visit. Yes, the traditional cream tea. 

    A specialty of picturesque Cornwall, the traditional Cream tea is a form of afternoon tea consisting of tea, scones, clotted cream, jam and sometimes butter. If you have booked a hotel stay in Cornwall this summer, we have the ultimate guide for the best spots in town for cream tea. The only question is, will you use the jam or cream first?

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    Idle Rocks, St Mawes

    The Idle Rocks beachfront hotel is the perfect place to sit and enjoy an afternoon tea while admiring the beautiful view across the water.

    The south facing terrace makes an ideal location to appreciate the view of the harbour in St Mawes, whilst enjoying a fabulous Cornish cream tea that includes classic sandwiches, as well as a selection of sweet options such as raspberry shortbread, carrot cake, macaroons and Battenberg.

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    Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, Lostwithiel

    Located on the Duchy estate, Duchy of Cornwall Nursery is one of the largest and most beautiful nurseries in the South West. This unique and welcoming café offers views down to Fowey and Restormel Castle and is the perfect place to enjoy an exquisite afternoon tea.

    Following your tea, there is lots to explore on site including a truly impressive array of plants and a gift shop boasting interiors, gifts and homewares, as well as a range of children’s clothing toys and artisan gardening accessories. Not to be missed for those with green fingers!

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    Talland Bay Hotel, Looe

    Enjoy a selection of freshly made sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, cakes and tea or coffee with  breathtaking cliff views in a secluded stretch of Cornish coastline. 

    Set on the hillside between Looe and Polperro, Talland Bay Hotel is dog friendly so you can also bring your furry friends along to enjoy the view!

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    Woods Café, Cardinham Woods, Bodmin

    The Woods Cafe is a family run independent fairy-tale cafe in the middle of the beautiful Cardinham Woods, Bodmin. Stop by for delicious, homemade food using fresh and local ingredients, from scones with plenty of jam and cream to an impressive cake counter and a savoury option of cheese scones.

    The family and dog -friendly Woods Café is the perfect spot all year round with plenty of outside seating in the summer and a lovely roaring log fire in the winter.

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    Hotel Penzance, Penzance

    The Garden Bar & Restaurant at the award-winning Hotel Penzance showcases the best in local Cornish produce, including a delicious afternoon tea. 

    With large windows boasting magnificent views of the coast and harbour, you can indulge in a luxury afternoon tea with family and friends.

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