Jam or cream on top that is the question… I was staying in Devon where the cream is spread like butter with the jam having pride of place on the top but the Cornish way is the opposite way around. It’s the great scone debate, it’s one way or the other – what’s yours? Tweet me @petitetealover and use the hashtag #sconedebate
On to the tea at the Rectory Farm Tearooms in Morwenstow, Cornwall. Yes, I did just say I was staying in Devon but now I’m in North Cornwall, or as my mum put it… ‘We’re near Cornwall, we’re in it.’ Salvaged from ships, the original oak beams set the scene as you walk in and you instantly know this is a good place for afternoon tea. Tucked away near the Cornish cliffs this 13th-century farmhouse has a beautifully quaint atmosphere, with every knook and cranny filled with tea related knick knacks.
To accompany our afternoon tea we had the house blend, appropriately named Smugglers Choice with Assam, Ceylon, Keemum and a hint of Lapsang Souchong. Wait, a minute! Didn’t I say in a previous post I couldn’t stand Lapsang Souchong… in this blend it just adds the distinctive smokey undertone (phew!). It was a perfect companion for the array of sandwiches, quiches, cakes and other sweet goodies (not forgetting the scones!) that were presented on the ornate cake stand placed before us. This wasn’t just the usual suspects there was crisps, salad and fruit too!
The scones were already creamed and jammed in the Cornish way and it was one scone between two but the amount which was on the stand made it forgivable. My personal favourite was the little meringue, yummy! Rectory Farm Tearooms use locally sourced foods where possible and also have gluten and dairy free options. I was recommended this place by family for a good afternoon tea and it lived up to and exceeded expectations!
‘Steam rises from a cup of tea, and we are wrapped in history, inhaling ancient times and lands, comfort of ages in our hands.’ – Rectory Farm Tearooms toilet