Flashback Friday #26

I first came across this National day of celebrating the Cream Tea back in 2015. A perfect way to celebrate all things summery and delicious. (June 25 2021)

National Cream Tea Day June 26 2015

There seems to be a national day for anything these days and I’d love to know who decides on what and when, but as a cream tea aficionado how can I let this one pass without a mention?

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea”
~ Henry James

And surely there is a no more perfect one than the cream tea – whether Devon style (with the jam on top) or the Cornish style (with the cream on top) what matters most is the freshness of the ingredients. Light melt-in-the-mouth scones, fruity fresh strawberry jam, and lashings of golden crusted clotted cream. Are you drooling yet?


The Waymarker, near Constantine, was named champion of the ‘Truly Cornish Clotted Cream Tea‘ in 2014 but I am doing my best to seek out decent rivals 🙂

Where and what is the best afternoon tea you have experienced? My most memorable is High Tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe – tiny crust-less sandwiches, Petit fours, scones, cakes and Earl Grey tea served on Stanley Terrace with spectacular views of the Victoria Falls bridge down the Batoka Gorge with the spray rising from The Falls.

This post is a contribution to Fandango’s Flashback Friday. Have you got a post you wrote in the past on this particular day? The world might be glad to see it – either for the first time – or again if they’re long-time loyal readers.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

17 thoughts on “Flashback Friday #26”

  1. I have always been a cream on top man. Clotted cream is undoubtedly the best on a scone, but hard to find around the home counties when I lived in London. I generally had to make do with double cream, during cream tea expeditions around Kent and Sussex.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

        1. I used to drink all coffee black until a few years ago when I discovered I quite like a dash of cream. I rarely drink instant now and in fact often only have one cup of ‘proper’ coffee in the morning. I used to drink black coffee all through the day when I was working!

  2. Our grandest was a 60th birthday tea in the Savoy with my ‘lady’ friends on a visit to London. I wouldn’t say they were the best scones ever, though, because some of those same friends are wonderful bakers. 🙂 🙂

  3. I’m drooling. Cream very roughly equates to a fancy style of butter and I can’t imagine jamming my scone and then buttering it, so it’s jam on top for me, but no big deal if reversed. I do believe it ought to be clotted cream and it’s not as readily available here as it probably is for you.

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