One of life’s simple pleasures, the cream tea is a perfect treat to brighten up your day. Whether you sit on the side of jam or cream first, we can all agree on the more the better! The Isle of Wight boasts many places famed for their cream teas, take a peek at these and try them as you go…
A brand new experience at The Seaview Hotel, the Ashore Afternoon Tea is served up between 3pm and 5pm. As well as the dainty sandwiches, beautiful petit fours, it really is the humble scone that is the star of the show. Nice and firm on the outside, warm and soft on the middle, you should certainly be able to manage the two you are given (if not, take it home, you will thank yourself later).
A trip out to the unspoilt west would be made all the better with a stop at Isle of Wight Pearl. Overlooking Compton Beach, it’s a picture-perfect spot for a cream tea. Choose between classic sweet or a savoury cream tea. Try the stilton and walnut topped with cream cheese with the chef’s signature chutney flavoured with cardamom.
A visit to ‘cream tea mecca’ Chessell Pottery, requires an empty tummy as the portions size is more than generous. Baked on the premises, the fruit or plain scone is served up with a generous helping of their own jam and cream. Tea comes with local Briddlesford Lodge Farm milk in a pretty milk jug made and decorated on site. High Tea at Chessell is served on a three tier stand, with a selection of freshly made sandwiches, plus a middle tier of home baked fruit scones, clotted cream and their very own strawberry jam.
Other places to to try include Warren Farm, Vernon Cottage, The Old Thatch Teashop and Osborne. Thankfully on the Island you are never too far from a cream tea!