Best Places to Enjoy Cream Tea in East Devon

A must-have Devonshire delicacy

This article was written on 4 July 2022
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Our guide to just some of our favourite cafés and tearooms to enjoy a cream tea near our Devon Holiday Park.

The cream tea is one of the most fondly regarded British food traditions. With origins that stem from the West Country the popular treat consisting of scones, clotted cream and jam can be ordered from many tearooms and café’s in Devon. However, there is something of a divide that exists between Devon and Cornwall cream teas. Much debate exists concerning the big question of whether it is the cream or jam that should come first. Whichever way you choose to have your cream and jam, they are simply delicious. A must-have treat on your holidays!

Although there is a wide choice of places near our East Devon holiday park that offer cream tea, we’ve listed just some of our favourites in this guide.

Seaton Tramway Cafe

Visit the Tramstop Cafe at Colyton Station for a choice of scrumptious plain, fruity or gluten-free cream teas. Up to 80 people can be seated within the the dining room with additional seats along the platform. So there’s plenty of space to enjoy the delicious homemade scones in a fantastic setting. Why not enjoy a cream tea after taking the Seaton Tramway ride through its 3 miles of unspoilt countryside set within the Axe Valley. A fun and dog-friendly way to spend a day out in Devon. It’s roughly 40 minutes drive from Forest Glade so it doesn’t take too long to get to from our holiday park.


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Otterton Mill, Budleigh Salterton

Otterton Mill is an idyllic place to go in Devon and experience the ancient traditions of flour milling, and bread baking. Recommended by The Sunday Times as ‘one of the best places in Britain to go for afternoon tea’ – this is a classic choice for an East Devon cream tea. The countryside attraction’s offering includes an award-winning choice of freshly baked scones. Options range from the traditional, to ‘Lyme Bay special’ and ‘Sparkling Posh’ with wine replacing the pot of tea. The Otterton Mill cream tea vouchers makes a great gift for anyone visiting the area. If you’re travelling from Forest Glade it takes around 40 minutes to get to Otterton Mill, near Budliegh Salterton.

Burrow Farm Gardens, Axminster

Known as ‘East Devon’s Secret Garden’, Burrow Farm Gardens is a 13-acre site set in fabulous surroundings. Simply unwind and enjoy the extensive views from the tearoom as you enjoy the delicious Devon cream teas with homemade scones, plentiful cream and jam and authentic china crookery. Combine a visit with a walk around the beautiful grounds and enjoy outdoor theatre shows in the summer. Burrow Farm Gardens is on the edge of the Blackdown Hills and 30 minutes from Forest Glade.

Heron Farm Kitchen Café, near Honiton

Heron Farm Kitchen Café is a great place to enjoy afternoon tea and somewhere you can happily bring the kids along. Children’s attractions include a play park with seating area, fairy trail and animals. Or you could use the visit to combine it with a vineyard tour and make great day of it. The historic market town of Honiton is convenient to get to from Forest Glade and only takes 17 minutes by car.

The Canal Tea Rooms & Garden, Tiverton

Canal Tea Rooms and Gardens is a delightful tea room located next to the Grand Western Canal in  Tiverton. Cream teas are a popular choice here and a perfect way to end a day out walking beside the canal. The lovely tea rooms are open from the 1st of April through to September, and are a dog friendly venue that is within easy reach of Forest Glade (25 minute drive) near the bustling market town of Tiverton.

A Devon holiday just isn’t complete without a cream tea and we’ve used this guide to include just a few ideas if you’re out and about exploring the area. If you’d prefer, you can take one away from our on-site shop at Forest Glade. At just £4.95 for 2 people (not including drinks) and available throughout the season you can treat yourself without leaving the park.