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Fa-la-la! 10 festive cream teas

Pinkies poised for a Christmas cream tea. Here are 10 of our favourite foodie hangouts where you can nibble on festive fancies in Devon.

Ullacombe Farm Shop, Dartmoor

A Christmas cream tea for our times, Ullacombe Farm Shop’s ‘Twisted 2020’ has already sold over 3000 times to happy customers and features pigs in blankets, chocolate fondue, festive sarnies and traditional scones. £20 with hot chocolate and £25 for two with bubbles or mulled wine.

Bistrot Pierre, Royal William Yard

Say Joyeux Noël at Bistrot Pierre with French patisseries featuring quirky salted caramel mince pies, along with fruit scones and chunky baguettes filled with your choice of turkey and cranberry, brie and chutney, or egg and cress. Grab your choice of hot drink for £11.95 or for £2 you can upgrade to a Yuletide tot of mulled wine.

Glazebrook House, South Brent

Only a Mad Hatter would miss the chance for tea at this quirky (and Sawday’s approved) boutique hotel, filled with retro decor and curios straight out of Alice in Wonderland. Book your festive platter piled high with sweet and savoury treats, scones. £25pp or go for their High Tea which include prosecco £30pp. Booking and pre-payment required. Vouchers available.

Dart Marina Hotel, Dartmouth

Can I tempt you to a clotted-cream scone and a glass of Champagne in a contemporary riverside hotel? Treat someone who’s been nice-not-naughty this year to an afternoon tea voucher (available online) here or snaffle it yourself. Plus, there’s loads of lovely indie shopping to be had in the town’s galleries and gift shops afterwards. £42 for two.

Boringdon Hall, Plymouth

Want to take tea in a grand old manor dating back to the Domesday book, complete with wood panelling, roaring fires and a sparkly tree reaching the rafters? Boringdon is all dressed up for Christmas, so book your seat by the huge fireplace for all the usual suspects, plus mulled pear macaron and ooh, chocolate orange opera cake. £27 per adult, £9.50 per child. Mulled wine available on request.

Bovey Castle, North Bovey

Make it a grand day out at upmarket Bovey, where everything from Barbours to ball gowns is de rigeur. Pinkies aloft for a selection of festive fancies, mince pies, freshly cut sandwiches and homemade cakes. Book in on a weekday for a cheaper deal (£35pp) others it’s £40 each on the weekend, with £10 extra if you want to add a glass of fizz or mulled wine.

Orestone Manor, Maidencombe, near Torquay

Where better to take merry than the home of world’s first Christmas card? It was designed here by the original owner, John Callcott Horsley (one for your Christmas quiz, your’e welcome). Full afternoon tea for two costs £35.90 or add a glass of prosecco each and it’s £47, and they do online vouchers if you’re looking to treat someone special.

Paschoe House, Bow near Crediton

Take tea in the South West’s award-winning Best Small Hotel of the Year 2019/2020, why don’t you? Tuck into delicate finger sandwiches made with seasonal ingredients complimented by an array of pastries carefully crafted by pastry chef Phil and Head Chef James. It’s wonderfully rural, set in 25 acres so opportunity a-plenty to walk it all off afterwards. £29.50 per person, including sandwiches, cakes and scones.

Strawberry Fields, Lifton

Less pinkie, more picnic-style – a rustic afternoon tea of homemade goodies served on real oak benches. Tuck into a warm pasty and scone, with either a tasty cuppa tea or fresh filter coffee, or glass of bubbles for something more special. And before you let out your belt a notch, the picture is for four people (greedy) £16.50pp or £21.95 with tea/coffee or prosecco. Booking required 24 hours in advance and a £5 deposit

Horn of Plenty, Gulworthy near Tavistock

Lots of festive treats on offer at this newly-refurbed boutique hotel (which Muddy adores btw) from just coffee and mince pies for £5pp plus either a traditional cream tea or for £20pp a tempting savoury version with brie & cranberry crumpet, cheese scone, turkey and stuffing bonbon, stilton and port tartlet, ham hock & pistachio terrine, miniature Christmas cake. Pack your boots as lovely walks abound for a healthy stomp out after.

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