One of the greatest British traditions is afternoon tea, the Cornish take this great tradition and make it just that bit better with the ‘Cream Tea’. Made up of a refreshing pot of tea, a fluffy scone, Cornish Clotted Cream (naturally) and some locally produced Jam. How lovely!
We went out and about the town to find you the top five places to stop off for an afternoon cream tea or drop of coffee.
5) Coasters Coffee Shop
Coasters have recently moved from its quaint little surroundings on St Andrews Street, it hasn’t moved far though, it has pitched camp in the premises that used to house the Wave Restaurant. With a fresh look and more space it provides a lovely setting to grab an afternoon refreshment just off Westcotts Quay. Coasters has a license too if you would like something a little stronger!
17 St Andrew’s St
St Ives TR26 1AH
This lovely tea room is on the corner of Fore Street as though you were heading out of town. Like most buildings in St Ives it is small, quaint and full of character. Well this one is also full of coffee, tea and cakes! Grab yourself a window seat and watch the world go by!
3) Bumbles Tea Room
Bumbles Tea room is at the bottom of Back Road West on the corner of the top of the Digey and is in prime spot for a pit stop before or after visiting the wonderful art hung in the Tate Gallery. You may just be able to make out the rather witty sign in the window, Town, Tea, Tate.
2) The Digey
The Digey is more than just a tea and coffee shop it is also a deli so why not enjoy your cream tea and take a look across the locally sourced produce on offer and maybe treat yourself to something Cornish. Located at the top of the Digey and just off Fore Street you are in the heart of St Ives.
6 The Digey
1) The Beachcomber
The Beachcomber has been on the Wharf front of St Ives for decades and remains for me the best place to enjoy a lovely cream tea. Not just for the tea, grab yourself a seat, look out the window and you will realise as you soak up the view of the entire harbour front.
This is just our top 5 there are many others establishments in the town so get out and about, explore and let us know where is your favourite places to go for tea or otherwise!