It’s the quintessential British tradition – warm scones, sticky jam, a dollop or two of clotted cream and of course a cup of perfectly brewed tea. You simply can’t beat it; it’s a wonderful treat, and a great way to spend time catching up with friends and family.
National Cream Tea Day is the most delicious day of the calendar year and this year takes place on Friday 29th June. Not only does it bring people together to celebrate the cream tea in all its glory – it’s a campaign you can get involved in to help raise money for worthy causes too.
Now, I’m certainly no stranger to a scone or two, and one of our favourite haunts when we’re feeling peckish is the wonderful Abbey Mill Coffee Shop at Furness Abbey. Their food is always superb, and their scones are to die for.
So what makes their cream teas so superb? Well for a start the scone itself is always baked to perfection with a ‘short’ crumbly texture, and if you time your visit right - still warm. Abbey Mill only use Rodda’s clotted cream – the same clotted cream they’ll be using at Wimbledon this year, and Tiptree jam. Tea and Coffee is sourced from local business Penningtons, giving you the perfect cuppa to enjoy with your scone.
But don’t just take my word for it! Abbey Mill’s cream teas are so legendary that they’ve made it onto the Cream Tea Society’s Best Cream Tea List! You can find out more here: https://www.creamteasociety.co.uk
So how do you eat yours? Cream first then Jam as they do in Devon, or jam then cream as they typically prefer in Cornwall – it’s the age old argument. Apparently cream teas served at Royal occasions follow the Cornwall way with the Queen preferring to spread jam first (although in fairness she probably has someone to do it for her)
After trying both ways several times (purely for research purposes of course) I prefer cream first then jam on mine, and yes, I’ve been told that’s wrong and I’m weird, and constantly reminded of the error of my ways, but each to their own I say.
So go ahead and treat yourself this Friday (or before if you don’t want to wait) and enjoy a cream tea at Abbey Mill. You don’t need to book in advance, just turn up, take a seat and order yours – trust me, you won’t be disappointed!