Award Winning Cream Teas
Despite my age, my desire for cake has not changed since I was a child – the only difference is that now a Devon cream tea is firmly on the wish list – clotted cream on my scones and proper jam – I don’t care which order you choose to add them!
After school in the 70s usually meant watching Grange Hill, Blue Peter or Crackerjack with a piece of my mum’s chocolate sponge and a glass of fluorescent orange squash. It’s hardly surprising I was a bit on the tubby side! Cake still features pretty near the top of my essential food items in life (I’ll always choose cake over a biscuit), so there was no way I could write a blog without sharing my cake stop recommendations.
Both my girls are a dab hand at making cakes at home, but there’s something decadent about drooling over the inevitable choice of cakes presented at a nice café, and after a bit of exercise it’s well deserved! So when I do a new walk or activity I try to include a café recomendation or give options for a pit stop based on friend’s feed back.
One of the most well known places locally for a proper afternoon tea is Royal Oak Farm in Cotleigh near Honiton. It’s award winning which is certainly well deserved.
Cream Tea and Coffee Cake
A recent outing took us to Royal Oak Farm near Stockland, a little gem of a place. Royal Oak offers a great selection of pick your own fruit, a small farm shop and most importantly fantastic award winning cream teas. We sat inside the old farmhouse front room, rang a little bell for service. While we waited patiently for our teas to arrive the little cuckoo clock chimed on the hour!
If you want to extend your visit in the summer months there is a range of fruit picking according to the season as well as a small farm shop that takes orders for Christmas poultry and local meat. Check out the shop for seasonal stock and apparently you can get a Christmas tree there as well!
Please do check the website or call ahead to make a reservation, over the winter months advertised opening is daily 9.30am – 5pm.
Overall great friendly service and scones that were fresh of the oven !
It certainly was a lovely cream tea – the homemade raspberry jam was to die for and our youngest had a great coffee and walnut cake. Small sized hot chocolates for the kids was no problem either. Our tea was served on a beautiful bone china tea set, the kind my Granny used to have for important visitors!
Royal Oak Farm also serve light lunches. On warm days there is a beautiful peaceful garden to sit in and in the winter the log burner in the old farmhouse is likely to make you want to move in with a good book.
Directions. From the A35 take the Old Taunton Road (7 mile straight) at Taunton Cross, drive for about 5 miles (keep going past Stockland Mast), then turn left on the Old Chard Road (signed from the cross roads).
Alternatively it’s 4 miles from Honiton if you head out on the A30, a short distance from Stockland Hill.
Royal Oak Farm, Cotleigh, Nr. Honiton, Devon, EX14 9LF
FLIP FLOPS OR WELLIES
There are steps down to the shop and garden from the carpark, but I have been advised that if necessary pushchairs and wheelchairs can come in through the garden gate. Flips flops all the way!