Devonshire cream teas are a must-have for anyone visiting the region and are a regular weekend indulgence for locals. Everyone loves a cream tea almost as much as they do a bargain, which is why Devon Heaven Hampers have produced this article listing 10 tearooms in Devon offering cream teas (with two scones) for under £5. Devon Heaven Hampers sell Devonshire cream teas by post, as well as gift vouchers for cream teas at certain hotels and cafes in Devon. On their website they’ve also created lots of useful cream tea related information, such as 50 of the best cream teas in Devon, Devon and Cornish cream tea differences and how to bake the perfect scone, so are in the know when it comes to getting a cream tea bargain.
Cream teas are most commonly served with two scones, clotted cream, jam and a pot of tea so this is the basis for our price comparison. Over the years it has become increasingly difficult to find cream teas consisting of the above for under £5 with the average cream tea price for tearooms ranging between £5 and £7. Hotels can often charge from £7 up to the £17 charged for the luxury of having a cream tea at Bovey Castle.
10 of the best value tearooms for a cream tea in Devon
The Singing Kettle, Torquay TQ2 5HP
£4.30 for a cream tea with two scones
The Singing Kettle is a friendly, family run tearoom minutes from the Torquay seafront. The tearoom recently featured on the BBC2 show Alex Polizzi – The Fixer, but thankfully this hasn’t led to a price increase. For £4.30 their cream tea comes with a choice of plain, fruit or guest scones (which can include white chocolate and strawberry flavour), Devon cream and jam served with leaf tea. They also offer a farmer cream tea for £4.55 consisting of cheese scones served with chutney and cottage cheese.
Docton Mill Gardens and Tea Rooms, Bideford, Devon EX39 6EA
£4.85 for a cream tea with two scones
This award winning tea room is surrounded by a beautiful garden where cream teas can be enjoyed on warm days. On cooler days diners can enjoy food in the granary room with wood burning stove. In the past their cream teas have been given awards and voted as North Devon’s best cream tea – not bad considering they cost less than £5!
Nelly Mays Parlour, Ilfracombe, North Devon EX34 9QE
£4.95 for a cream tea with two scones
Nelly May’s Parlour in Ilfracombe, North Devon, opened in July 15. Their cream teas have quickly built a reputation with independent cream tea reviewers rating their Devonshire cream teas amongst the best in the region. They offer a wide selection of jams such as hand-picked hedgerow fruits (six wild fruits), nectarine and vanilla, plum and ginger, blueberry and Cointreau.
Woodleigh Coach House, Cheriton Bishop, Exeter EX6 6JL
£4.70 for a cream tea with two scones
Woodleigh Coach House is a Grade II listed building originally constructed by a London Brewer in the late 19th century. Located in the former stables of the Coach House, the cafe offers a warm and rustic feel with splendid views of the countryside. Cream teas are served with warm fresh scones and a choice of preserves.
Holne Community Tearoom, Holne, Dartmoor TQ13 7SL
£4.75 for a cream tea with two scones
Holne Community Tearoom is a community venture run and staffed by volunteers serving light lunches and Devon cream teas. It’s set in countryside amidst picturesque hilly farmland with glimpses of high moorland. Cream teas come with warm homemade scones, local clotted cream, Holne village jams and loose leaf tea.
Coach House Restaurant Escot, Ottery Saint Mary, Devon EX11 1LT
£4.50 for a cream tea with two scones
Escot is 220 acres of stunning private parkland in the heart of East Devon with lots of family activities such as wild animal encounters and woodland walks. Within Escot’s fine listed stables block lies the Coach House Restaurant. Its great value cream teas come with two huge homemade scones.
Fox Tor Café, Princetown, Dartmoor PL20 6QS
£4.15 for a cream tea with two scones
Fox Tor Café is a licensed café in the centre of Princetown right in the heart of Dartmoor. It’s popular with walkers stopping off after a hard days trekking around nearby Tors. Fox Tor Café sell local food and drink and serve lots of great value meals, including their cream teas which are a bargain at £4.15.
South Beach Café, Sandy Bay, Devon Cliffs Holiday Park, Exmouth
£3.95 for a cream tea with two scones
You don’t have to be staying at Haven Holidays Devon Cliffs Holiday Park to visit the South Beach Café. Not only does the café offer the cheapest cream teas around, it’s set on top of the cliffs overlooking Sandy Bay with views out to sea and along the Jurassic coastline. £3.95 for a two scone cream tea is going to be very hard to beat!
Tides Restaurant, 25 The Quay, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8AW
£3.70 for a cream tea with two scones
Tides is located on the harbour-side in Brixham and offers a varied selection of food and drink options ranging from takeaway sandwiches at lunchtimes to fabulous fresh fish dishes in the evenings. Their full cream teas are one of the cheapest in Devon at £3.70.
The Flower Café, 46 Southside Street, Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LD
£4.99 for a cream tea with two scones
The Flower Café is tucked into Southside Street on Plymouth’s cosmopolitan Barbican, just behind the harbour. To the rear they have a pretty courtyard for an al-fresco cream tea for less than £5.