Friday, 18 October 2013

A Very Unseasonal Cream Tea for Two

We're very lucky that only a couple of miles from where we live is an award-winning farm shop with a lovely little cafe serving all sorts of delicious food - Farringtons Farm Shop
 
They do a mean breakfast fry up, specials thoughout the year and Thurday nights are always 'Steak Night'. They also do cream teas all year round and a Cream Tea for Two voucher makes a great birthday or Christmas present. We've bought several for various parents and friends but never actually had one there ourselves.
 
So last year, I hinted rather a lot that it would make sense for Andrew to get me one as a Christmas present, which he duly did and then it took us til last weekend to actually find the time to use it!
 
It was worth the wait though; the cream tea was very tasty. One voucher provides you with a pot of tea for two (which makes four and a bit cups), four large scones (with a choice of plain, fruit or cherry), two pots of strawberry jam and two pots of clotted cream - all for £9.80.
 
Cream Tea at Farringtons Farm Shop
 
 
We had fruit scones and cherry scones and smothered them with jam and cream. We tend to be in the 'jam first, cream second' camp; I know Devon and Cornwall have a rivalry over the 'correct' way to do it but I can never remember which county prefers which method!
 
The cream teas at Farringtons (along with all their other food) are highly recommended, definitely worth a visit if you're ever passing. The shop is just off the A37 Bristol to Wells road, in a delightfully named village called Farrington Gurney - look for the cow-print signs and directions!
 
 

6 comments:

  1. Oh my word that looks delicious and right up my street, even with the cows haha! I'm always of the jam then cream camp!

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    1. It's a proper working farm as well so often there's cows right next to the car park! :-) x

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  2. I wish they'd make British afternoon teas somewhere close here in the Netherlands, they're so delicious :-( When I happen to have an afternoon tea though (which is mostly when I'm in England) I'm all for jam first, cream second! Boy I'm craving a scone now, ha!

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    1. Aww, if I could I'd package up a cream tea and send it over to the Netherlands for you! Not too sure it would survive the journey by airmail though - you might end up eating crumbs! :-) x

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  3. Devon is cream first, Cornwall is jam first. Although, if you're doing a Proper Cornish cream tea, then the scones will be piping hot and buttered before the jam goes anywhere near the scone! Can you tell that I've eaten a lot of cream teas since moving to England. I think Dave was the first person to introduce me to clotted cream, 15 years ago on one of our first dates!

    As I mentioned, Farrington's is one of my favourite farm shops. The summer that they grew their own borlotti beans was glorious...I nearly bankrupted myself buying them and cooking with loads of olive oil and fresh sage to go along with roasts. And they've ordered me trays of quince before, too, despite not stocking them in the shop as a matter of course. Love 'em!

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    1. I will have to remember which one is which next time - we're clearly doing it the Cornish way (which kind of makes sense as my sister in law has lived in Cornwall for 13 years, it's obviously her influence!). Piping hot scones sound delicious as well!

      I know what you mean about Farringtons, I always pop in for one thing and end up leaving with a basketful! It's sort of on our way home from work and sometimes when we've gone late in the evening, they've been giving bread away for free - who wouldn't like a place that gives away free loaves! :-) x

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