How to make the perfect cream tea!

Devon knows how they make it so creamy – and if you’re keen to sample some of the county’s delights before coming down to this part of the world for the Two Moors Festival’s main two-week event in October, then you absolutely must give a traditional cream tea a try… and then sample a true-blue Devonshire one when you arrive.

There’s no better way to welcome in the summer than with a deliciously fluffy scone with dollops of clotted cream and strawberry jam on top, and a refreshing cup of tea – and if you’ve been to one of the Festival’s garden parties in the past, you know we can make a mean cream tea!

Apparently, the many cream tea shops to be found around here contribute about £85 million to the county’s economy and all those people just can’t be wrong, can they? So follow our little recipe to make the perfect cream tea and break them out when the sun shines over the next few months.

Arguments have been raging for years about what order to put the jam and cream on your scones. How do you like yours?



Scones (makes 12)


– 8oz self-raising flour

– 2oz margarine

– 2tsp bicarbonate of soda

– 1/4 pint of milk

– pinch of salt


1. Mix the dry bits together and rub until they resemble breadcrumbs. Add the milk and mix until it forms a dough.

2. Knead lightly until smooth and roll out to around 1/2″ thick. Cut out with a 2″ cutter, then brush with milk and bake at 220-230 degrees C for 10 minutes. Leave to cool.

3. Split the scones in half, then cover with lots of strawberry jam, a thick layer of Devonshire cream and serve on your finest china.


Where to go for a Devon cream tea

A few tea shops to tickle your fancy when you’re next in the area.

Primrose Tea Rooms, Lustleigh

Watersmeet House, Watersmeet

The Salty Monk, Sidford

Or try Delimann if you’re not in the area, as they’ll actually send you traditional Devonshire cream teas by post!

To find out more about the Two Moors Festival and how we help support local Devon businesses, visit our website today.


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