Whether it is jam on first and cream on top or the other way round, the Isle of Wight’s tradition is to stick on what you fancy and eat it!
Going out for cream tea on holiday is a tradition that shows no sign of waning, remaining a deeply entrenched part of British culture. Here is our guide to some of the best places to get your fill across the Island…
Chessell Pottery has been celebrated for years for its cream teas. Recently under new management, the team show no sign of disappointing their loyal following. Here, scones are plain, fruit or lemon and poppyseed, and (much to our delight) two scones are served. Generally the fruit and plain are served with strawberry jam and clotted cream, and the lemon scone is served with lemon curd and clotted cream… although people are very welcome to choose what they prefer.
They also do a Savoury Cream Tea which is a homemade cheese scone, along with local cheese and homemade pineapple chutney.
If you are frequenting Shanklin Old Village, there are more than a few reasons to visit Vernon Cottage, but the homemade strawberry cream tea has got to be the number one. Generous portions are served up in a picturesque thatched cottage with pretty, sunny gardens. Try one of the Isle of Wight-shaped scones for instagram-worthy pics.
For a cream tea with a glass of something nice, try Adgestone Vineyard. The bijou café has a raised deck seating area outside, with far reaching views across the countryside to the sea. Enjoy a scone with a glass of something local, we recommend the Blush – a light fresh rosé with ripe fruit aromas. Simply irresistible on a hot day.
Enjoy a cream tea with some furry friends, at Dillon’s Café at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. Free to enter, say hello to over 100 donkeys and ponies before settling in the café and indulging in a tasty cream tea.
Isle of Wight Pearl do a cream tea with a view. Sit high atop the cliffs overlooking Compton and out towards Freshwater Bay. Choose from sweet or savoury with a pot of tea and sit back and relax as you watch the waves roll in.
Add in a bit of history with a trip to the National Trust’s Needles Old Battery Tearooms. When you step inside you will be transported back to the 1940s. Tea is served in real china cups and period newspapers are rolled up ready to read. Eat your cream tea with some of the best views of the Needles – the tea room is located in the Port War Signal Station which was built to give the clearest, closest views of shipping in the Solent and around the Needles.