When it comes to a traditional cream tea then in our humble opinion, Devon knows best!

While we're not going to get into the politics of how to layer your jam and cream the proper way, what we are going to do is celebrate National Cream Tea Day (yes that's actually a day on Friday 28th June) by sharing our top picks for where to enjoy this afternoon delight.

Eat on The Green

Made fresh daily and served only after 2:30pm, this is as Devon as you can get. Each Eat on The Green cream tea is accompanied by Devon clotted cream, home made jam from local farms and you get a taste of the good life while taking in a fantastic view of Exeter Cathedral.  

The Ivy

For a cream tea with added glamour then The Ivy Exeter is the place to be, and be seen. Step inside to soak up the vibrant floral decor or take your tea outside where you can gaze across to the magnificent Exeter Cathedral. This one's definitely a feast for the eyes in terms of location and food.

Greendale Farm Shop Cafe

Cream tea with a bit of a twist, leave out the scone (controversial we know) and discover fresh Devon strawberries partnered with cream in a variety of ways conjured up by Greendale Farm Shop. From indulgent tarts to strawberry smoothie ice lollies and even a pavlova, you'll be absolutely spoilt for choice.

Cannonteign Falls

Daring to take the traditional cream tea and (said in hushed tones) creating wonderful different varieties, Canonteign Falls know how to really tempt your taste buds. Stick with tradition or go for estate honey instead of jam and then there's also a savoury option. Our advice... go with the family or friends and try them all!


Picnic season is upon us and what better spot to indulge in a Devon cream tea than the magnificent grounds of Powderham. Scones, cream, jam and bubbles - what more could you ask for. This is what summer's all about.

Exeter Golf and Country Club

Whether it’s the warm home-made scones of a Devon cream tea or an extravagant three-tier afternoon tea, you can give way to a slice of pure luxury at Wear Park Restaurant. With or without the fizz, you'll also get to enjoy an unlimited supply of Loose Leaf Tea or Voyager Filter Coffee.

Hotel Indigo - tea and spa

What's better than a sparkling afternoon tea? One that also comes with spa access and a 30-minute treatment. Hotel Indigo offer the ultimate indulgence package which is perfect for special occasions, a girlie afternoon or just some relaxing you time. Go on, treat yourself!

Mercure Rougemont Hotel

How about swapping out the tea for some bubbles as the Mercure Rougemont Hotel offer prosecco or G&T with their food. Sit back, relax and sample the good life in their Drakes restaurant, which is conveniently located opposite Exeter Central train station.

Hotel du Vin

A little naughty but worth every bite, afternoon tea at Hotel du Vin is an experience that's made to be shared. Tuck into plain and fruit scones, along with the Chef's patisseries of the day. and sample outstandingly good tea infusions created by Bird & Blend Teas. There's even a champagne option for a taste of the high life.

Darts Farm

The best of the west, Devon cream teas are made for sharing. Whether it's tucking in from the comfort of Darts Farm restaurant or unpacking a delicious hamper when out for a countryside picnic, you can be assured of tasting something rather special from amazing artisan producers.

Devon Hotel

You can't go wrong with keeping your cream tea simple traditional, and the Devon Hotel knows exactly how to hit the spot. Fresh homemade scones, strawberry jam and lashings of Devon clotted cream served alongside a pot of freshly brewed tea or coffee. Everything you need for a taste of Devon.  

Pink Ginger

You don't mess with a traditional cream tea but it's often also about the setting and the company you share it with. Alongside their incredible Japanese bakes and beverages, Pink Ginger is serving up delicious Cream Tea Tuesdays in a wonderfully relaxed setting on Paris Street. Don't forget the camera as it's definitely Insta-worthy!


Eat on the Green
Tea Room/Coffee Shop
Champagne on Cathedral Green

Eat on the Green is an independent restaurant in the heart of Exeter, owned and managed by a team who are passionate about creating great food using local, free range produce bought directly from the farmers and brought to you with excellent table service. The restaurant is in a Sixteenth Century building overlooking Exeter’s historic Cathedral Green.

The Ivy Exeter
The Ivy, Exeter - pink and green floral decor

Neighbouring the iconic Exeter Cathedral at 65-67 High Street, The Ivy Exeter offers sophisticated yet friendly all-day dining in the heart of Devon for locals and visitors alike. Open seven days a week from morning until night, The Ivy Exeter will feature restaurant dining, a beautiful bar and intimate private dining room for eight guests, as well as an outdoor terrace, making for the perfect place to dine in the iconic city, whatever the occasion.

Greendale Farm Shop
On-site butchers' department, stocking meat from the nearby family farm.

Deep in the heart of the East Devon countryside, surrounded by 15 acres of farmland, you’ll find the award-winning Greendale Farm Shop and its family-friendly café. Full of fresh, locally-sourced produce, this welcoming shop has become a must-visit destination.

Canonteign Falls
National Park
Canonteign Falls

Canonteign Falls is a stunning natural attraction in the heart of Devon. Visit us for peaceful walks among the waterfalls and lakes and family fun in the gardens and playgrounds. Escape the crowds and experience the highest waterfall in Dartmoor National Park.

Immerse yourself in over 600 years of history at Powderham.

Immerse yourself in over 600 years of history at Powderham, the family home of The Earl of Devon. Enjoy the flexibility of our UNLIMITED seven-day free return on all full-priced tickets, ensuring you make the most of your visit.

Exeter Golf & Country Club
Sports/Leisure Centre
Exterior angled image of the EGCC

Join, visit or play. Whether you live locally in Exeter or are visiting the region, Exeter Golf and Country Club offers a premier leisure experience for members and guests. From golf, tennis, squash, gym and swimming in the indoor and outdoor pools, to members’ bars, Wear Park Restaurant and Wear Park Spa, the club offers top class sports facilities, dining and award-winning beauty and relaxation treatments. The Spa and Restaurant are open for non-members and visiting golfers can book tee times. You’ll even feel like you’re in a country retreat, yet just minutes from Exeter city centre.

Mercure Rougemont Hotel
Conferences & Weddings
Mercure Rougemont Hotel exterior at day

The four-star Rougemont hotel in Exeter is an elegant Victorian building situated near the city's railway station. It is one of the few hotels in Exeter and so serves as the ideal base from which to explore this historic city

Hotel Du Vin
People walking into Hotel Du Vin

Take a step inside this iconic building, formerly the West of England Eye Hospital, where historic walled gardens and striking architecture create the backdrop for a truly special experience.

Hotel Indigo Exeter
Exeter suite

The hotel takes its design inspiration from the building’s department store past and other neighbourhood sites as each of the 104 rooms are styled to honour elements of the city. Don’t forget to experience Colson’s Bar & Restaurant, The Dugout Bar, Becketts Champagne Rooftop Bar and The Retreat Spa.

Darts Farm
Waffles and hot chocolate at Darts Farm

Darts Farm is situated in a region rich in high quality artisan foods and uses the farm shop as its larder, producing an extensive menu.



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