Where to Enjoy Afternoon Tea in Devon
From traditional afternoon teas to the slightly simpler Devon cream teas, if you love scones, clotted cream, petit fours, finger sandwiches and, of course, tea then you’re in the right place.
We can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than relaxing with delicious sweet or savoury treats and a cup of tea or, if you’re celebrating, a glass of fizz.
It’s National Afternoon Tea Week from 9th – 15th August so we’ve rounded up the best afternoon teas and cream teas in Devon.
Places to Enjoy Afternoon Tea
Coldharbour Farm Shop
East Hill, Ottery Saint Mary EX11 1QL
This award-winning farm cafe creates their delicious menu using natural ingredients and produce that is either locally-sourced or handmade. Afternoon teas are available by bookings only so don’t forget to reserve one before you arrive. Afternoon tea and cream tea hampers are also available for pre-order – a lovely gift to yourself or a loved one.
22 Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3LS
Shopping in Exeter and fancy a Chocolate Afternoon Tea? Then Chococo Chocolate House on Gandy Street is the place to go. Enjoy a chocolate chip scone served with Chococo’s very own caramel or local jam and clotted cream, plus your choice of single origin hot chocolate.
Ilsington Country House Hotel
Ilsington Village, Newton Abbot, TQ13 9RR
Located in the pretty village of Ilsington, close to Haytor, this family owned hotel is the perfect spot for relaxing and unwinding. Choose between their traditional Devonshire cream tea, savoury tea, sumptuous Ilsington or savoury afternoon tea.
From £8.50 for Cream Tea or £15.50 for Afternoon Tea
Exeter Golf & Country Club
Topsham Road, Countess Wear, Exeter, EX2 7AE
This is the only place in Exeter where you can soak up the beautiful views of putting greens, and a golf course, whilst tucking into a luxurious afternoon tea. If you have dietary requirements then just let the team know when booking if you’d like it to be vegan, gluten free or dairy free.
From £7.95 for Cream Tea or £13.50 for Afternoon Tea
Bow, Crediton, Devon EX17 6JT
This luxury family run country house hotel is set in the heart of Devon. As a 3-rosette establishment, Paschoe House prides itself in creating a unique experience for guests and their afternoon teas are a work of art. Choose between their full, Prosecco or Champagne afternoon tea, all of which include fluffy scones, fingers sandwiches, cakes and sweet treats.
The Salutation Inn
68 Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HL
Escape to one of Topsham’s grandest buildings, The Salutation Inn, for a relaxing afternoon enjoying a high tea in their light and airy GlassHouse. Choose between a Devon cream or savoury tea, full afternoon tea or treat yourself to a sparkling Nyetimber tea.
From £6 for Cream Tea or £20 for Afternoon Tea
Two Bridges Hotel
Two Bridges, Dartmoor, PL20 6SW
Set in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, Two Bridges offers a luxurious retreat and is renowned for its classic afternoon teas. For the time being, their afternoon teas are temporarily paused however their famous cream teas are still available. When afternoon tea service resumes, their full traditional afternoon tea will be an option, which includes fingers sandwiches, cakes and warm scones, with an optional glass of fizz for added sparkle.
From £6.75 for Cream Tea or £16.50 for Afternoon Tea
Tea @ the Quay
6 Piazza Terracina, Haven Road, Exeter EX2 8GT
Enjoy the beautiful views of Exeter’s Canal from the bustling quayside whilst enjoying afternoon tea at the Tea at the Quay. It’s the perfect place for a treat after a kayak, cycle or walk along the canal.
The Bedford Hotel
1 Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8BB
The Bedford Hotel is situated in the centre of Tavistock and offers a relaxing setting where you can enjoy their full afternoon tea service or the simple pleasures of their Devon cream tea. The Duchess of Bedford afternoon tea is served with a selection of sandwiches, home baked scones, strawberry jam, Devon clotted cream, homemade cakes or your choice of hot drink.
From £6.50 for Cream Tea or £16.50 for Afternoon Tea
Thurlestone, Kingsbridge TQ7 3NN
Not only will you enjoy panoramic views of Thurlestone Bay and their 19 across of gardens at the Thurlestone Hotel, you will also be able to spoil yourself to one of their traditional afternoon teas. Their idea of a perfect English afternoon tea is delicious homemade treats and sandwiches, top quality loose leaf teas and a view to match. Sadly, due to Covid-19, they are currently only offering afternoon tea to hotel residents so make sure you book a room first. Children are welcome and there is even an afternoon tea for their smaller appetites.
From £9.50 for Cream Tea or £25 for the Thurlestone 125th Anniversary Tea
Soar Mill Cove Hotel
Soar Mill Cove, Malborough, Kingsbridge TQ7 3DS
Soar Mill Cove Hotel is surrounded by breathtaking and beautiful scenery and is just a stone’s throw away from the chic seaside town of Salcombe. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the main restaurant with wraparound windows or on the all-new alfresco deck. Choose from a Soar Mill cream tea, luxury afternoon tea or Salcombe Tea, all of which are served with fruit scones, homemade raspberry jam, Langage Farm clotted cream and fresh strawberries.
From £10.90 for Cream Tea or £21.90 for Afternoon Tea
Ella’s Chocolate House
35 Fore St, Brixham TQ5 8AA
Whether it’s a special occasion you’re looking for or a great Afternoon Tea treat, at Ella’s you won’t be disappointed! From homemade cakes, warm freshly baked scones to finger sandwiches, they aim to make your visit a special one. There are a number of settings to choose, from the bustling chocolate cafe, outside people watching, relaxing in the Afternoon Tea lounge or sitting in their magical secret garden.
To book: Call 07866392461 or email
Orestone Manor, Rock House Ln, Torquay TQ1 4SX
Set in the pretty South Devon coastal village of Maidencombe, Orestone Manor has spectacular sea views across Lyme Bay and beyond. Afternoon tea is available in the newly decorated bay restaurant and includes a selection of fingers sandwiches and cakes, homemade scone and Orestone preserve with Devon clotted cream.
From £8.50 for Cream Tea or £17.95 for Afternoon Tea
Salcombe Harbour Hotel
Cliff Rd, Salcombe TQ8 8JH
The Salcombe Harbour Hotel takes great pride in selecting the best local ingredients for its menu which can be enjoyed, whilst watching the boats go by, through its jaw-dropping panoramic view over Salcombe Estuary. Afternoon tea is a championed tradition here and is a highly recommended treat for yourself and your loved ones during your stay. Choose between the traditional, savoury or sparkling afternoon tea. ‘Tea for kids’ is also available for those with smaller appetites.
Glazebrook House Hotel
South Brent, TQ10 9JE
Set in beautiful and secluded grounds, Glazebrook House Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel and award winning restaurant in South Devon. The restaurant offers an exciting and creative menu using only the best local and seasonal produce sourced within 50 miles of the hotel. Afternoon tea is taken very seriously at Glazebrook and the chefs are sure to impress through their assortment of cakes, sweet bites and savoury nibbles.
From £11 for Cream Tea and £25 for Afternoon Tea
Hope Cove, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 3HJ
Situated in a superb location overlooking Bigbury bay, this charming traditional family run hotel is known for its cuisine and hospitality. Their cream teas and afternoon teas are created using ingredients from a selection of local producers and are available to enjoy in the comfort of the bar lounge or outside on the terrace.
From £7.50 for Cream Tea or £14 for Afternoon Tea
Boringdon Hall Hotel & Spa
Colebrook, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 4DP
There are an array of places to dine in this 5* Manor House spa hotel but if you’re there to enjoy an afternoon tea you’ll be served in the dramatic surroundings of their quintessentially English Great Hall. Choose from their traditional afternoon tea or go all out with their Lauren-Perrier Champagne afternoon tea. If you’re vegan or gluten free then, don’t worry, there is an afternoon tea for you as well.
Lifton, Devon, PL16 0AA
In an area of outstanding natural beautiful, The Arundell is tucked away on the Cornwall Devon border and is known to be Devon’s favourite rural hotel for exploring the countryside. Executive Chef, Ashley Wright, offers a quintessentially British experience when enjoying his afternoon tea or cream tea.
From £9.50 for Cream Tea and £19.50 for Afternoon Tea
One Market Street Cafe
1 Market St, Hatherleigh, Okehampton EX20 3JN
One Market Street Cafe is an independent and dog friendly establishment situated in the heart of Devon, just off the Tarka Trail. They pride themselves in using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients wherever possible as they believe it makes the most delicious food. This is the place to enjoy afternoon tea or proper cream tea, which in Devon means cream first then jam on top. Both are available for takeaway, however they invite you to pre order your afternoon tea for ease on collection.
Pre-order by calling 01837 810582
From £4.50 for Cream Tea and £10 for Afternoon Tea
Places to enjoy Cream Tea
8 The Square, Braunton EX33 2JD
Set in the heart of Braunton, this friendly independent coffee house, kitchen and bar is on-route to Saunton Sands and serves traditional Devon cream teas for all to enjoy - you can even take your muddy pup along too.
Lynmouth Bay Café
18 Lynmouth St, Lynmouth EX35 6EH
Everything is either homemade or locally sourced at this quaint tearoom, including their freshly made real Devon cream tea. If you don’t have time to eat in then they’ll send you on your way with a picnic to enjoy elsewhere.
1 Bridgeland Street, Bideford EX39 2PS
Cream teas are served all day. Freshly baked homemade scones with tea and coffee.
Book now: 01237 473957
The Duck & Bean
5 Fore Street, Tiverton EX16 6LN
Nestled in the heart of Tiverton town, The Duck & Bean offers an intimate location to relax indoors or outside in their beautiful garden. An array of scones are available to enjoy including plain, fruit, cheese, lemon and white chocolate and blueberry, as well as gluten free, all of which can be topped with Devon clotted cream and jam. Your four-legged friends are welcome here too.
The Little Bakery
43-45 Fore Street, Cullompton EX15 1JY
This friendly cafe and bakery in Cullompton offers both savoury and sweet options of cream tea to eat in or to takeaway.
Home Farm Cafe
Parke, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9JQ
Set in the beautiful grounds of Parke, this delightful cafe celebrates Dartmoor’s finest produce and is a haven for walkers and visitors to the estate. Their Devon cream tea or cheese tea is served all day and can be enjoyed amongst their charming cosy interior or outside in the sunshine.
Sara’s on the Beach
Marine Parade, Preston, Paignton TQ3 2NU
This friendly beach kiosk is located on Preston Sands and has recently launched their new Cream Tea Box, which includes two homemade scones, pot of clotted cream and jam - Perfect for a post-swim or paddle treat.
The Green Table
Dartington Estate, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL
If you’re looking for somewhere to get stuck into nature or to go on a glorious walk by the river dart then the Dartington Estate is the place to go. Here you can enjoy a plain scone with organic clotted cream and strawberry jam at The Green Table - Dartington’s welcoming, light-filled cafe.
1 Duke Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1HU
A delicious array of freshly made and locally sourced food and drink is available to takeaway or eat in at this newly-refurbished deli & café, including freshly baked fruit, plain and cheese scones. It’s dog friendly and offers free wifi and alternatives for those with dietary requirements.
Bayards Cove Inn
27 Lower St, Dartmouth TQ6 9AN
If you fancy a bit of rest-bite after exploring the delightful town of Dartmouth, Bayards Cove Inn promises a cosy and comfortable place to indulge in a traditional Devon cream tea. It’s a short walk away from Bayardsd’s Cove Tudor fort, which was built between 1522 and 1536.
Shinners Bridge, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6JA
Located at the newly-renamed Cider Press Centre (formerly known as The Shops at Dartington), Bayards Kitchen is a family run restaurant which serves delicious, home cooked food with a smile. After a spot of shopping, you can pop in for one of the Bayards Cream or Savoury Teas. If savoury is more your thing, you’ll enjoy a homemade cheese scone with local chutney, cream cheese and a hot drink of your choice.
Avon Mill Garden Centre Cafe
Woodleigh Road, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4DD
Hidden away in the beautiful Avon Valley sits a garden centre, independent shops and café. It offers cosiness in winter and alfresco dining in summer and boasts award winning Devon cream teas. It’s family and dog friendly and has beautiful nearby riverside walks for all to enjoy.
Valley View Cafe
Rake Farm, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4DA
The names says it all, this is the place to enjoy delicious food and stunning view across the glorious valley and River Avon. The friendly team are there to welcome you for cream teas and much much more.
Just Like Mumma’s
The Bakehouse Unit 36 Faraday Mill Business Park, Cattedown, Plymouth PL4 0ST
This family-run, multi award-winning, artisan bakery and shop is based in Plymouth and offers a collection or local delivery service of its set boxes, within a 4 mile radius. Whether you’ve got a sweet or savoury tooth, their Devon teas will satisfy your taste buds wit 4 freshly baked plain or cheese scones and everything you need to enjoy your afternoon. If you live further afield, they offer a selection of cake-aways for nationwide delivery.
Award-winning handmade fine Devon jams and preserves producer, Waterhouse Fayre, offer a range of delicious cream teas for nationwide delivery, including traditional, savoury, gluten free, low sugar and split cream teas. All of which are delivered with Language Farm clotted cream and Devon tea.