Cornwall LivingIssue #86
Cornwall takes one of Britain’s favourite foodie traditions to a whole new level.
Restaurants here in Cornwall are proud serve a different class of food, and the traditional afternoon tea is no exception. From sweet treats to savoury meats, barista coffee to beer, where better than by the rugged Cornish coast to sit and enjoy one Britain’s finest (and, indeed, tastiest) traditions?
A cliff-top castle
Camelot Castle Hotel
Offering one of the finest afternoon tea experiences in Cornwall in The Explorer’s tea room, served alongside panoramic ocean views and lashings of clotted cream, Camelot Castle Hotel is the perfect place to stop after a day spent exploring Tintagel or wandering the South West Coast Path. Situated on Cornwall’s north coast, just minutes from the historic Tintagel Castle, the Camelot Castle Hotel provides you with the chance to experience this mesmerising area of Cornwall from the utmost comfort, its grand rooms drawing your mind to the legends of days gone by.
Take tea like royalty
The Falmouth Hotel
Enjoy a traditional Cornish afternoon tea at the historic Falmouth Hotel, situated in prime position overlooking castle beach. Indeed, you will be in good company alongside some of the greats, including Beatrix Potter, Simon Le Bon, prime ministers and even royalty!
Warm, freshly baked, crumbling scones are served alongside locally made preserves and lashings of Cornish Roddas clotted cream, as well as a selection of traditional sandwiches and homemade cakes and pastries, all accompanied by a traditional pot of tea or coffee. Fresh, local and homemade produce make this a truly gastronomical delight.
The idyllic setting and stunning Victorian architecture make it
one of the most iconic hotels in the county. If the sun is shining, enjoy your tea on the manicured lawns with the famous Pendennis Castle perched on the headland, or sample one of the many dining areas, all with far-reaching views and a historical ambience. Prices start from just £14 per person, with vouchers available to buy as the perfect gift.
Tea with a twist
The Longcross Hotel offers afternoon teas with a twist!
As well as a top-quality traditional cream tea, the team’s savoury afternoon tea with charcuterie and a pint of Doombar is the perfect end to an afternoon spent wandering the beautiful clifftops and Victorian gardens that surround the hotel. Dishes are created using the very best local ingredients, and you can enjoy your teas in the conservatory restaurant or on the decking outside, with 20 spectacular miles of Cornish coastline serving as a backdrop.
Gin-spired afternoon tea
Based in north Cornwall, the Scarlet brings together two of Britain’s beloved pastimes; afternoon tea and craft gin to celebrate World Gin Day on 8th June. The hotel is nestled on the hillside in Mawgan Porth, with stunning views across the bay. You can enjoy a distinctly Scarlet-style afternoon tea in the sea-view restaurant with a dash of Cornish gin for good measure. While away the afternoon sampling gin infused homemade cakes, pastries and finger sandwiches with the finest Cornish ingredients. £25 per person including a complimentary ‘G&T’. Available 3rd May to 9th June.