Afternoon Tea at St. Moritz Hotel and Spa near Rock & Polzeath

You can’t come to Cornwall and not indulge in Afternoon Tea, it’s almost the law. Cornwall is definitely the best place to enjoy Afternoon Tea with all of the locally made cream and fresh fruity preserves, it’s divine.

At St Moritz, we have a reputation for our Afternoon Tea (and a closely guarded scone recipe to ensure that they are extra fluffy, served warm, of course). Expect to be dished up a selection of fine cakes and finger sandwiches, including smoked salmon and cream cheese and Cornish cheddar with chutney alongside both fruit and plain scones, accompanied with Cornish clotted cream and local jam, all washed down with a speciality cup of tea or a glass of champagne to make it a real occasion.

Afternoon Tea was first introduced in England by the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840 who became hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon (dinner was served around 8pm). It has gone on to become a British tradition and a staple when visiting Cornwall. It’s a Cream Tea that Cornwall is famous for really, unrivalled scones and locally made clotted cream, but upgrading to an Afternoon Tea simply makes it more special and is the perfect treat for two. And you know, when in Cornwall…

There is nothing better than relaxing in the St Moritz bar, on the patio in the summer, or next to the woodburner in the winter and enjoying a freshly baked scone, laden with jam and cream (jam first is the proper Cornish way to do things). Here’s one we made earlier…

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