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Best Cream Tea in Moretonhampstead

Updated on September 1, 2010

Central Stores Cafe, Moretonhampstead

Central Stores Café, situated at the heart of Moretonhampstead offers the best cream tea in Devon. This stylish, chic café offers a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike, from 7.30 in the morning until 5 at night. Jill and Larry Kuiper took over the café in early 2010 and have kept much of the original menu, with a few welcome additions. Bacon and sausages for the sizzling full English breakfasts are now locally sourced, and much of the food is home cooked.

Devon Cream Tea

 Moretonhampstead, which dates back to the 1200s is a typical Devon market town, with many attractive features.  It is dubbed “The Gateway to The High Moor” as it is the access point to some of England’s finest wilderness, the high peaks of Dartmoor National Park.  Central café is the ideal place to stoke up with a hearty breakfast before spending the day hiking, or for treating yourself to a Cream Tea after a long day on the trail. 

Dartmoor Tearooms

A Devon cream tea traditionally comprises two plain scones, with homemade strawberry jam, thick clotted cream and a pot of tea and the Dartmoor Tea Rooms on the Exeter Road, Moretonhampstead stock a wide variety of speciality teas to choose from, but their ordinary 'house tea' works well.

The cafe is small and cosy, decorated in a Bistro style and prides itself on quality, home cooked foods. There are food related gifts for sale, so you could find yourself taking a luxury teapot away with you.

Moretonhampstead From the Air

How to Make Clotted Cream

The first time overseas visitors order clotted cream, many of them are surprised by its appearance. A good quality clotted cream should be pale yellow in colour, have the consistency of soft ice cream and should have a thick, yellowish crust on the surface. Full fat milk is heated very slowly until it thickens, forms a ridge around the edge of its container and just begins to bubble, then the clotted cream is skimmed from the milk and cooled. In the West Country (Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset) this cream was traditionally eaten on bread instead of butter, so you shouldn’t expect butter with your Devon cream tea.

The Gateway Tearoom

The Gateway Tearoom, situated in the market square in Moretonhampstead has the feel of a traditional tea room, with tablecloths and chintzy curtains. Expect homemade cakes and a warm welcome as you sit and watch the world go by.

The world may also be watching you, so the best way to eat a cream tea, to avoid getting in a sticky mess is to split each scone in half horizontally and spread with jam, before adding the cream on top. If you try it the other way round, cream first, the jam won’t stick to the cream and you tend to get in a pickle. In polite English society, after splitting the scone, one would cut a mouthful; add jam and cream one piece at a time.

Market Square, Moretonhampstead

Market Square, Moretonhampstead.  Central Stores Cafe is just across the road.
Market Square, Moretonhampstead. Central Stores Cafe is just across the road.

 A Devon cream tea is traditionally eaten in the afternoon, but why not be really decadent, visit Central Stores in the morning and have it for breakfast, then you can walk off all those calories!

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      Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor

      We'd make you very welcome. Don't eat too many cream teas though, or you'll need two seats on the plane for the return journey!

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      MickiS 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Great Hub, Georgina. I'm going to have to put Moretonhampstead on my list to visit the next time I am in England!

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks loveofnight - still find your avatar really creepy!

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      loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      sorry bout the repeat

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      loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      I have not had my breakfast yet and already my mouth is watering for this unknown delight called cream tea.....thx 4 share

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks Just_Rodney

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      Rodney Fagan 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      A great hub, when reading this I could picture the place, great descriptive writing.

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      It's a traditional West Country thing - delicious!

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      Jacob Darkley 7 years ago from California, USA

      I'd never heard of cream tea before but now I have to try it. I was just in England too! Ah, timing is everything... Great hub!

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks jena4589 = it's what every tourist to the West country wants!

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      jena4589 7 years ago

      This sounds just marvelous. I have never had nor have I heard of cream tea but my mouth is all set to try it.

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      A lot of that part of the coast has dark red sand - it is odd isn't it. You can't beat a good cream tea.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Georgina, I love my cream teas! scones, cream etc, I visit devon as much as I can and have been through dartmoor on the train, I was in Torquay and paignton about a month ago! I love the sand in Paignton, dark red, very strange! now I want a scone, oh well never mind..lol cheers nell

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Hi Joni's Corner,

      Glad you enjoyed the hub. Give the trad cream tea a go, then sign up to a gym to work it off! enjoy.

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      Joni's Corner 7 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      I didn't know clotted cream was traditionally eaten on bread. I can pick up clotted cream in the delicatessen isle and have used it with fresh fruit and honey. I MUST try the traditional tea. Thank you!

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks riviera Rose. i have been known to bake a batch of scones, just so that I could have one!

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      Riviera Rose 7 years ago from South of France

      Sounds delicious, my mouth's watering at the thought! Who can resist a proper English cream tea? Now of course I'm starving and craving a scone...

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks guys - tantalizing and artery-cloggingly divine.

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      HealthyHanna 7 years ago from Utah

      New information for me. Thanks. It sounds tantalizing.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I have enjoyed reading htis hub because being foreign all these information are interesting to me.

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