In IdeasFood

Who can resist the lure of the cream tea – do you put your cream on the top of the jam or underneath and do you butter the scone first? Vital questions when you’re relaxing on holiday!

The Isle of Wight has many fantastic places to enjoy a cuppa and a scone or two, here are a few of our favourites:

‘Island Cream Tea’ at Chessell Pottery, Yarmouth

Enjoy a cream tea on the lawns at Chessell Pottery Cafe before taking a trip round their pottery studios or even stopping awhile to paint your own ceramics.

The Cream Tea at Chessell Pottery is award winning and it consists of large, freshly baked fruit scones served with real clotted cream and home made strawberry jam. Plus the pot of tea of course! It’s served on their own Chessell Ware strawberry pottery.

Warren Farm Cream Teas, Alum Bay

Nestled at the foot of Tennyson Down, Warren Farm is tucked away with gorgeous views to enjoy with your tea.

Their cream teas are served through a window direct into the kitchen and consist of scones baked in the Aga and locally produced jam, cream, butter and milk – it doesn’t get more local than this!

‘Julia’s Tearoom’ at Dimbola Museum and Galleries, Freshwater Bay

Relax in the unique ambience of Julia Margaret Cameron’s former home and enjoy a cream tea surrounded by local artwork, vintage camera equipment and stunning views.

The cream tea consists of a pot of tea, one scone, clotted cream and strawberry jam. Afterwards there’s plenty of opportunity to walk off your scones on one of the extensive network of walks and bridleways nearby, or you can simply explore the Dimbola Museum and Galleries.

Vernon Cottage, Shanklin

Home of fantastic cakes and delicious food, Vernon Cottage is a favourite place to stop for a cream tea. Two fruit or plain scones are served with jam and cream – you can even accompany your cream tea with a glass of Prosecco for some added fizz!

Take your tea in the gardens in the heart of Shanklin Old Village and whilst you’re there, don’t forget to pick up information about the Isle of Wight – Vernon Cottage is part of our independent network of Tourist Information Points.

Bluebells Café, Briddlesford Lodge Farm, Wootton

The Bluebells café is situated on a working dairy farm and their cream tea is served with the farm’s own delicious clotted cream made on the premises. Also included are a homebaked scone, homemade raspberry and loganberry jam (or strawberry for traditionalists) plus the all important pot of tea.

Or why not recreate your own cream tea and buy a pot of cream from their well stocked farm shop.

To browse more great Isle of Wight cafes and tearooms click here.