There is nothing I love more than to go for a walk around a beautiful National Trust property and afterwards share a Cream Tea with my lovely boyfriend… the best part being is that he usually pays! ;D nah I joke, the best part is definitely when I have my first bite of a delicious scone smothered in cream and jam! Haha!
I have a very high opinion of how I believe a scone should taste and how it should be served. I have had some dreadful scones in my time – some that have tasted of soap or have been so crumbly that before it’s even reached my lips it has fallen back down to my plate in a million pieces splattering cream and jam everywhere. The worst thing is when you drive all the way to a property and find that the restaurant is only selling scones with sultanas in them. No plain ones… my heart sinks to my stomach and comforts it because it knows the poor thing will remain unsatisfied.
There are many factors I consider when eating a proper cream tea and I believe I judge fairly when I do so.
So here they are! These are the questions I usually consider whilst I scoff away like a beast in front of my beloved –
How big is the scone? Big Bodacious Buns please!
How does the Scone taste? Score from 1-10 (One being – WHY THE HELL DID I PUT THAT IN MY MOUTH?! DDDDD: and 10 being – ORGASMIC!!! : DDDDD)
How much Jam and Cream do you get? Better be enough to spread on all my halves… (yeah I cut them in half and eat it that way.. my mouth isn’t big enough to consume it whole!!)
Are they even proportions? My boyfriend prefers more jam than cream and I am the opposite so if there is an even amount of both we like to share… nawww… if you saw us pillaging away at the sauces you really wouldn’t think it’s that sweet… more like a feeding frenzy.
How many cups of tea do you get out of the tea pot? Less isn’t more.
And if you do not get a teapot how big is the cup? Again, less isn’t more.
Is the Jam and Cream cool? preferably cool.
Do you get a choice in Jam? I love raspberry, not traditional I know but I would rather have that to strawberry.
Is the Cream proper clotted or whipped? FYI whipped is gross but some may disagree.
Is the Scone warm? Love it when the cream melts a bit. Drool!
Do they have Plain and Fruit scones? If they only have fruit ones they are void. Gross. Immoral. EVIL. I leave the place immediately. Yeah, I only like plain Scones… Was that not obvious before?!
Do you get one or two scones? LESS ISN’T MORE!!
Free tea refills? DEFINITELY A BONUS!
Think I have covered all the crucial areas… So far the best places I’ve been to for a decent scone is Killerton House in Exeter and the Royal Pavillion in Brighton – huge pots of cream and jam, perfect fluffy fat scones and a generous pot of tea. So if you have ever been to those places and have tasted their scones please let me know if you agree or (hopefully not) disagree!