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G&G abroad: Cream tea in England

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You might know it by the name Devonshire Tea, but across the counties of England (unless you’re actually in Devon), this sophisticated morning or afternoon snack is simply called ‘Cream Tea.’ And call us old fashioned but when we arrived in the countryside of Great Britain it wasn’t warm, frothy beer at the nearest oddly named pub (a round at The Jolly Taxpayer, anyone?) that called to us, but a plate of warm scones and a lovely pot of tea. To be found in delightful cottages in small towns everywhere, this age old tradition is enjoyed by loaded tour buses and locals alike, and we dived on the first tea garden we found to indulge in scones piled high with clotted cream and apricot jam and steaming Earl Grey tea (though we would have much preferred a spicy Chai or fruity berry mix, the Brits do not seem to be quite as adventurous as us when it comes to tea). While there is apparently a national battle over the order in which to spread condiments, we are firmly in the camp of jam first, cream second. So we enjoyed our fresh baked scones amidst a charming lavender garden, with a plate of cucumber and egg sandwiches because, frankly, one scone isn’t enough for any meal. We haven’t managed to find any rose gardens serving cream teas in our neck of the woods but we can tell you where you can indulge in delectable scones, exotic teas and, if you are that hungry, fancy miniature sandwiches like we did. Like at Room with Roses, where the garden comes inside for a very English feel to go with their raspberry and ginger scones, or Passiontree Velvet, where the outdoors will be the last thing on your mind once you catch sight of their fluffy Devonshire scones. Especially if you order them as a part of a high tea loaded with other sweet treats. Just remember, wherever you partake and however you spread your scones, pinkies up! Words by Ranyhyn Akui