Enjoy a cream tea in a traditional country pub setting at The Highdown Inn. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to the Tennyson Trail, it’s the perfect stop-off for walkers and cyclists who have worked up an appetite. Take your cream tea at the bar or in the adjoining restaurant and when the sun is out, the garden is perfect to relax in.
Julia’s Tea Room is housed in the iconic Dimbola, the former home of Julia Margaret Cameron, one of the most important early photographers and a pioneer of photography as an art form. The cream teas and cakes here are legendary. Enjoy them in the cosy tea room, once the salon of Julia Margaret Cameron and where she entertained guests, or in the pretty, sunny garden with views to Freshwater Bay and the sea.
Make like celebrity chef James Martin and visit Bluebells Café at Briddlesford Lodge Farm Shop. He recently popped in whilst filming the popular ‘James Martin’s Great British Adventure’. Enjoy home-made scones, served with their very own golden Briddlesford butter plus raspberry and loganberry jam from The Fruit Bowl in Newchurch. The part that makes it really special is adding their own clotted cream made in the Bluebells’ kitchen with the cream from the award- winning herd of Guernsey cows. Couple this with a refreshing pot of breakfast tea, served with Briddlesford milk (naturally).