As 30th June is National Cream Tea Day and as the cream tea is a Devonshire tradition, we thought we would tell you some of our favourite picturesque spots where you can enjoy the tastiest of Devon’s delicacies.
No matter where you are in North Devon, you’ll find cream teas on offer and with such lovely surroundings, there is no better place to experience freshly baked scones, clotted cream and homemade jam.
If you want a sea view…
We all know that the North Devon coastline is the most spectacular in the South West (we said what we said!), the majority of it falls within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it forms the first UK Surf Reserve. That means, you’ll often spot a surfer or two tackling the waves while you enjoy your freshly brewed tea and scones.
For some of the best cream teas by the sea, we recommend visiting Croyde (especially if you want to people watch). Otherwise, Ilfracombe harbour is a good spot or Saunton Sands – where you can find a hotel and cafés right on the beach.
If you want to enjoy the countryside…
North Devon is home to the Exmoor National Park where you can find Exmoor Ponies and a herd of feral goats among other bird and wildlife. For a chance to sip your tea while watching the animals roam, we recommend Lynmouth or the neighbouring Lynton or visiting the National Trust managed Watermouth.
If you want to people watch…
Going to the coast or heading to the National Park will give you a chance to see people going about their business, especially during peak surfing weather, there is nowhere better to people watch than in the main towns. Barnstaple has a host of places to eat and drink, as do picturesque places like Appledore and Instow.
Ready to set up your spot and enjoy a cream tea? Just remember to always go cream first!