Suffolk will be joining the National Cream Tea Day celebrations on Friday, June 25 – but where in the county offers the best scones?
Here are seven destinations to stock up on curdled fruit scones loaded with cream and freshly ground English tea.
Amanda’s Tea Room is in one of Suffolk’s most photographed locations – overlooking Lavenham Market Square and Guildhall. The charming interior of the 15th-century Grade II listed half-timbered building is adorned with original knick-knacks. The walls adorned with artwork from locals and family photos.
There is a lovely warm atmosphere – maybe because it’s really a family affair here. Amanda’s mom is the ‘head of the scones’, making them fresh each day for the ever popular afternoon teas and cream teas.
Cream tea costs £ 7.50, including your choice of scone (there are often different flavors), jam, sour cream and fresh fruit. Or choose the salty tea, with cheese scone and cream cheese.
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Need a refill of tea? Ring the bell for a free recharge. Everything is served in appropriate china (you’ll even get tea in pots), and local producers are used for much of the menu – including the village baker, grocer, and butcher. Well behaved dogs are welcome – there is a backyard garden to sit on.
Reservation is advised. Open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Smack bang on the main street of the charming seaside town. Tea lovers will be very excited about the selection here.
From the floral and honeyed notes of the 2015 Bu Lang Sheng Pu-Erh raw tea, to white peony tea and good old Earl Gray – there is quite a selection. And the staff will be happy to help you find the perfect blend for your taste buds.
Along with breakfasts, lunches, and huge slices of cake, the tearoom is known for its scones.
Cream teas are priced at £ 5.60, including a fruit or plain scone, jam, sour cream and a pot of tea of your choice. Or opt for a savory tea, with a cheese scone and tomato chutney from Stoke.
Open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Thursday to Tuesday.
This bustling cafe provided some great take out during the lockdown, but now is the time to sit inside (or in the covered garden) where you can fully appreciate the surroundings … and the full menu.
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunches, cakes (and a monthly themed dinner) and is good for special diets, so call ahead if you’re vegan or celiac.
Cream teas cost £ 6.10 including a fruit scone, coffee jam, sour cream and Novus or Rainforest Alliance tea, organic coffee. A savory option with chutney and cheese scone is also available.
Children are welcome, with toys and coloring at their disposal, and the cafe is also dog friendly. If you arrive by bicycle, there is a bicycle parking space in the garden. Open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
There is so much going on here. An arts and crafts gallery, a quilting and sewing shop, a garden center, an antiques and collectables shop and a specialty pastry shop.
The main store of the family business is dedicated to gifts and the tea room, which is very busy – reservations are advised.
Breakfasts, hot lunches (Thai green curry paninis and pie of the day), and afternoon teas are all popular here. Much like a pot of tea and cake, take a look at the counter during your visit, which is full of homemade cakes and ready-made meals.
Cream teas cost £ 8.95, including two plain or fruit scones, butter, jam, clotted cream and a tea pot or coffee maker. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Reservation is advised.
The company’s only teahouse outside of Essex – where Tiptree is synonymous with two things … jam and afternoon teas.
Located on the main drag, the tearoom is filled with Tiptree products, from spirits to canned goods, and has a lovely feminine floral vibe.
Food is served from breakfast to lunch and a Tiptree cream tea costs £ 6.95, which includes two homemade fruit scones, Tiptree Little Scarlet strawberry jam, sour cream and filter tea or coffee . Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
A cheerful and beautifully decorated cafe in a 17th century building directly opposite Gainsborough’s house. Visit for all-day breakfasts, interesting lunches, afternoon teas, or just a slice of really good cake. Reservation is strongly recommended, as this place is very busy. Cream teas cost £ 5.95, including a homemade scone, butter, jam, clotted cream, and any specialty tea or coffee.
There is a sunny garden in the courtyard if you wish to sit outside. And well behaved dogs are welcome – they might even be given a homemade dog treat. Cyclists are free to use the new rear bike rack.
Open from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday.
The word Tardis is a good description of the premises that house this tea room. From the outside you see an oversized hangar. Enter and you are greeted by a large, multi-story antique and collectibles store.
Nora’s tearoom is 1940’s Blitz style, from the decor, to the music jingling in the background, the waiters’ costumes, and even the menu (Spam sandwiches anyone?). The tea is served on china. The cosies cover the teapots. And they use proper towels.
It’s a great experience. Cream teas are served with a freshly baked scone, sour cream, strawberry jam and your choice of loose leaf tea, or there is a savory option with a cheese scone, cream cheese and a red onion chutney.
Open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The tea room calls the last orders before that. Reservation is advised.