Jam First – The correct and only way to eat a Cornish Cream Tea

Tonia Lewis of the Original Looe Bakery presents the only way to eat a Cornish Cream Tea.

When it comes to a Cornish Cream tea, the correct way to eat a scone is first to split it in half, we all agree on that. But then it all goes awry, depending upon where you live. Our brothers and sisters over the Tamar in Devon unapologetically apply the clotted cream first, then cover it in jam. Ugh! Cornish residents, however, correctly apply strawberry jam first, then add liberal dollops of Cornish clotted cream.

Devonians get it wrong. Don't get mad at me for suggesting it is wrong, because it is wrong! Our reigning Monarch eats a cream tea the Cornish way. A former Buckingham Palace chef spilled ‘the clotted cream’ on the way that Elizabeth II insists that cream teas are served at Buckingham Palace garden parties.

Darren McGrady, who worked for the Royals from 1982 to 1993, confirmed on Twitter that Jam first is the only way: “The Queen always had Balmoral Jam first.” he said. Well, if it’s good enough for the Queen, then its good enough for the rest of the country. Take note Devon!

To settle the argument, Arpita Anstey of Bistrot Pierre polled 2,000 people in early 2020. The results revealed that 76% of those polled admitted that jam first was the correct way to enjoy a cream tea. A resounding affirmation of the Monarch’s way of eating a Cornish Cream Tea and I sincerely hope that’s the way they serve it at their Plymouth outlet – in Devon!

Enough said!

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