In my Top 5 things to do in North Devon, I mentioned that you couldn’t come to Devon without having a cream tea. There are quite honestly hundreds of places where you could go and enjoy huge scones served with lashings of clotted cream and jam, but if you want the very best, here are my top three favourites.
The Old Corn Mill – Hele
This particular little tea-room is somewhat of a hidden gem, and my partners absolute favourite. Located in Hele, a little village just passed Ilfracombe, this award-winning tea room takes a while to get to, but it’s very much worth the drive!
Tucked away, this tea room dates back to the 16th century, when it used to be a water mill. It’s very quaint on the outside, with a beautiful rustic farmhouse interior. The scones are absolutely ginormous, served with plenty of clotted cream and jam, and there is a great selection of home-made sandwiches and cakes. If you are in the area, pop down to Hele Beach afterwards, one of my favourite hidden gems in North Devon!
The Cream Tea Cafe – Barnstaple
You know they say that when you go somewhere new, you should try and go to the places where the locals go, not the tourists? Well, this cafe is exactly that.
This hidden-from-view cafe is a particular favourite for me and David. We discovered it by pure chance, as it is tucked down a little side street, yet ever since our first visit we have become regulars. The owners are extremely friendly and take the time to get to know you, the interior is lovely (very farmhouse-style and instagramable!), and the food is made from scratch (you must try their home-made lemonade!).
If you do visit, it’s not hard to find, but you do have to seek it out as it’s not obvious either. I’d recommend that you try their home-made scones or tea-cakes, or if you fancy something savoury; their home-made soups are always delicious and hearty. Well worth the time if you are in the area.
Tea on the Green – Westward Ho!
Saving the best for last, we have Tea on the Green in Westward Ho! (Westward Ho! is the only place in the country to have an explanation mark in its name). This cafe is extremely popular both with locals and tourists and for good reason. Therefore, booking ahead of time is essential in order to guarantee a spot!
Filled to the brim with cute decorations, retro style pictures and a cake display with some seriously impressive offerings, Tea on the Green is a must on any North Devon Bucket list.
Their menu is huge and varied, offering a great selection of both sweet and savory, all home-made. The drinks selection alone will leave you umming and ahhing over what to choose (the toasted marshmallow milkshake is heavenly!).
I’d recommend booking a ‘high tea’, so you get to sample a little bit of everything in one visit. For just £12 per person it is extremely good value and whatever you don’t manage to eat, you can take home with you! We went recently for my mums 60th, and we had savory rolls, quiche, crisps, cupcakes, brownie, cheesecake, meringues, chocolate cake and scones with lots of clotted cream and jam. Everything was delicious (especially their brownie and cheesecake!) and we were all full to bursting by the time we left.
If I haven’t convinced you to come to North Devon based off of all that cake, then there is no convincing you!
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