Dig into our list of the top cream teas in the Cotswolds.
It’s not only more fashionable than ever, but the cakes are better than ever they were.
This Cotswold-wide family of bakeries and tearooms offers a classic afternoon tea for two, served on a tiered stand. Sandwiches, warm scones and local clotted cream – it’s all here, along with a selection of the exquisite Continental-style patisserie that has made Huffkins a household name.
Afternoon tea at this characterful boutique hotel is served in The Potting Shed – not an actual lean-to, but an on-site gastro-pub. Visitors with hearty appetites won’t want to miss the Farmhouse Tea (above): cream cheese and bacon scones, mini sausage rolls, a mini Cotswold pasty, sandwiches and tarts. The slightly more refined Champagne Charlie tea comes with a glass of Veuve Clicquot.
(dormyhouse.co.uk; 01386 852711)
If the sun is shining and you’re in the mood for something a little different, book Three Choirs’ afternoon tea package, which includes a tour of the vineyard and wine tasting for two. Expect finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and jam and a selection of homemade cakes.
(www.three-choirs-vineyards.co.uk; 01531 890223)
The Kitchen was recently voted Best Local Tea Shop in the Cotswolds, and it’s easy to see why: the cakes, slices, cupcakes, tarts, cookies, macaroons and gluten-free treats on offer are heavenly; the
millionaire’s shortbread come highly recommended. It’s a good idea to book, as it gets busy even during the week.
(www.thekitchenminch.co.uk; 01453 882655)
Given an Award of Excellent by the Tea Guild for four years running, this traditional tearoom boasts an impressive selection of specialty brews from all over the world. Supplement your cup of Gunpowder or Spicy Chai with a slice of gateau from the teatime trolley, or warm buttered crumpets.
(www.facebook.com/TheMarshmallowTearoom; 01608 651536)
Cooking with clotted cream turns any summer meal into a special occasion.
Rich, unctuous and wickedly good, clotted cream is the pride of the West Country.
These delicious scones from the former Great British Bake Off champion are absolutely delicious and perfectly timed for summer.