Cornwall: Cream Tea at Carnewas & Bedruthan Steps

by Sasha Wilkins on August 6, 2010 · 17 comments


Staying at The Scarlet with lil’sis a few weeks ago was glorious. Overlooking the Atlantic, we ate like piglets in the utterly delicious (and very skillful) restaurant, swam in the outside reedbed pool and then, aware that we couldn’t spend all our time outside of the pool prone, we took advantage of a break in the rain mid-afternoon to take a stiff walk, climbing up, up and along the cliff path north to the National Trust’s Carnewas & Bedruthan Steps.


We had heard tell of a proper Cornish cream tea, so earlier that morning we fell face down into our properly lovely breakfasts at the hotel – a full English for lil’sis and a poached egg with spinach and mushrooms for me, with piles of thick toast, cut from a loaf, and spread with an inch of salty butter. We were feeding up because we planned to miss lunch as we couldn’t justify breakfast, a midday meal AND a cream tea two hours later.

We walked & walked for nearly an hour in the sun and brisk breeze, worried we had overshot. And then, just as hope was fading, we saw the short signpost planted in the grass, and started drooling at the thought of scones & cream.  Set 150 metres back from the clifftop, the tearoom is a single storey stone building, with tables outdoors (where dogs can stay), and a lovely indoor room.

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Lil’sis had her traditional ice cream cornet, made with Cornish ice cream, and I, naturally, had the full cream tea. Fortunately it came with two scones, so after she had polished off her immense ice cream, she made short work of the second scone.


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Let’s take a closer look:



Carnewas & Bedruthan Steps, Bedruthan, St Eval, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7UW. Tel: 01637 860563

LLG & lil’sis were guests of The Scarlet hotel. Here are the photos of what I was wearing that day,

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