The Cream Tea – it’s potentially a pretty contentious meal … scone to rhyme with cone or con? Cream and jam or jam and cream? Devon or Cornwall? It’s a wonder it hasn’t been taken off the menu in the name of cordial relations but it’s just TOO delicious!
When it comes to the crunch, we all know that our mouths are far better employed being stuffed full of that magic combination, all washed down with a reviving cup of tea. Or coffee. Or champagne … take your pick!
Having first become popular back in the 1850s during the first flush of tourism in the West Country, the Cream Tea has really recaptured our collective imagination in recent years and it’s now served at birthdays, weddings and any other occasion you care to mention, special or not! As versatile as it is delicious, it can be styled to suit your personal taste – go rustic with stoneware or break out the bunting and go the whole traditional hog with vintage china and the best silver! And at many upmarket hotels and clubs it’s even getting rebranded as a Gentleman’s Tea, allowing those of a more butch persuasion to indulge their love of a jam’n’cream laden scone and still keep their manly reputation intact!
And in recognition of the Cream Tea’s phenomenal popularity, it is now being celebrated nationwide for the first time this Friday 26th of June, with the launch of the Cream’s Tea Society’s #NationalCreamTeaDay. You can find out more here http://www.creamteasociety.co.uk/
Of course, if you want to host your own Cream Tea, at Havens we’ve got all the accoutrements you’ll need in store or online, from tea cups to trays and cake stands. What are you waiting for – get that kettle on!