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10 places to enjoy gluten-free cream tea in Devon

PUBLISHED: 15:33 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 25 July 2017

Photo supplied by Bovey Castle.

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For most of us, the difficulty of having a cream tea is deciding whether to put the jam or cream on first (cream first, obviously). But for coeliacs and the gluten intolerant, finding a place that caters for your dietary needs can be far harder. To help you out, we’ve picked ten places for gluten-free cream tea in Devon

1. The Singing Kettle, Torquay

Renowned for its fantastic cake selection, The Singing Kettle is ideally positioned just a few minutes from the coast, making it the perfect stop-off point if you are on a seaside walk. They have been praised for their offering of gluten-free food, with a whole menu suitable for coeliacs. Here you’ll find delicious gluten free scones shaped like a heart to ensure that there are no mix ups, and these are warmed separately to prevent cross-contamination. Your scone would of course be accompanied by lashings of clotted cream and jam, and you could even sample a brew made with their own loose leaf tea.

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2. Twentysix Café and Bistro, Teignmouth

Ideally positioned only 100 metres away from the glorious Teignmouth Beach is Twentysix Café and Bistro. Take a break from wandering the golden sands and find a traditional Devonshire cream tea in this bright and airy cafe – gluten free scones will be readily available, ensuring that everyone is well catered for. Complete with the all important jam, cream and pot of tea, you’ll have a real taste of quintessential England. Even better, there is a selection of cakes and bread available for coeliacs too, so you’ll have plenty of options if you fancy something more to accompany your cream tea.

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3. Fat Lemons Café, Totnes

Coeliacs, vegetarians and vegans alike will find a haven in the form of Fat Lemons Café. Their gluten-free Devonshire cream tea comes complete with vegan clotted cream and jam, crafted from ingredients sourced in the local area. If you’re in the mood for something savoury, there are gluten-free cheese scones available alongside an impressive range of gluten free sandwiches and breakfasts. Inside the café, the atmosphere is intimate and cosy and you’ll be met with a warm welcome by friendly staff. Once you’ve fuelled up on cake and tea, venture in to Totnes and explore this glorious Devonshire town.

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4. Hele Corn Mill and Tea Room, Hele

Situated in the grounds of a beautiful 16th century corn mill and just 300 metres from Hele Bay Beach, you’ll find this idyllic tea-room with their plethora of cakes and scones. They endeavour to have at least one gluten-free option readily available, and when time permits they will bake fresh gluten free, dairy free and vegan scones to order. Their delightful scones come accompanied with a plentiful helping of jam and cream, or if you really have a sweet-tooth try the Devonshire classic of ‘thunderbolt and lightening scones’. These involve replacing the jam with golden syrup for an indulgent treat. All of this can be enjoyed sat in the picturesque gardens overlooking the mill, while children can let off some sugar-fuelled energy in the play area.

5. Tea on the Green, Exeter

Sit back and relax in a stunning 16th century building overlooking the historic Exeter Cathedral Green, providing a view that will be pretty hard to beat. From 2.30pm onwards, you can sample one of their famous cream teas created from the ingredients of Devon’s natural pantry, featuring all the jam and cream that you could wish for. Gluten-free scones will await your arrival, and gluten-free variations of the main menu are also possible – perhaps you might try the gluten-free English breakfast or Eggs Royale. The scones are of course home-baked, ensuring the best possible quality. The building itself is a piece of history having been used as a public library in 1850 before becoming a café in 1907, so it is well established within the bustling city of Exeter.

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6. Bovey Castle, Newton Abbot

Complete with 275 acres of its own beautiful countryside and rolling valleys, Bovey Castle boasts to offer some of the best cream teas in Devon. Put their claims to the test by sampling from their menu – they are happy to cater for all dietary requirements, serving gluten-free scones as part of their sumptuous offering. Enjoy your cream tea in the luxurious Great Western restaurant, or if the sun is shining dine out on the terrace overlooking the spectacular gardens. Indulge in a glass of champagne to make the occasion that extra bit special. Alternatively you could sample from their extensive tea menu, with a selection of black teas, white teas and green teas to take your pick from. All the while you’ll be surrounded by stunning views of Dartmoor, the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the Devonshire countryside.

7. The Graze, Sidmouth

Nestled in the heart of Sidmouth is The Graze café, the ideal destination for families and large groups. There is a fantastic selection of gluten free cakes, pastries and scones on offer, meaning that coeliacs certainly don’t have to go a-miss on the sweet treats. The Graze will go to great lengths to adapt their menu to suit various dietary requirements, ensuring that everyone is well looked after. Their gluten-free cream teas are more than adequate in size satisfying even the hungriest of visitors, and come accompanied by lashings of cream and jam. For an afternoon stroll, take the ten minute walk down to Sidmouth Beach where you’ll be met with stunning coastal views.

8. Moorland Garden Hotel, Nr. Plymouth

Perched on the edge of Dartmoor National Park and conveniently just a short drive from Plymouth and Tavistock, The Moorland Garden Hotel is a hidden gem that is well-worth a visit. Sit out in their beautiful gardens and indulge with the luxurious afternoon tea menu, or in colder months relax in the Wildflower Restaurant, an idyllic way to spend an afternoon. They offer gluten-free scones ensuring that everyone’s needs are met, so no-one needs to miss out! With a children’s afternoon tea menu and dogs invited along too, this really is a fantastic destination for the whole family.

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9. Tramstop Café, Colyton Station

Central to the ethos of the Tramstop Café is to cater for everyone regardless of their dietary requirements, so here you’ll find gluten-free scones a-plenty. They serve a classic cream tea complete with Devonshire jam and clotted cream, offering an adaptable menu depending on the needs of their customers. This is a café with a difference since it is situated at Colyton station, a stop along the Seaton tramway. Jump aboard the tram to enjoy three miles of unspoilt Devonshire countryside as you trundle past a River Axe estuary, two nature reserves and a plethora of wildlife. Best of all, there will be a delicious cream tea awaiting you at the end to complete your quintessentially English experience.

10. Fox Tor Café, Princetown

Think wood burners, comfy sofas and a cosy atmosphere – you’ll have all of this and more to welcome you at the Fox Tor Café. Nestled in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, this café is the perfect refuge for muddy walkers and their pooches. A whole menu of wheat and gluten-free options is on offer so there will be plenty for coeliacs to choose from. Be sure to try the carefully homemade gluten-free scones, and while the afternoon away as you have the age-old debate about whether the jam or cream should go on first. If you fancy something savoury, perhaps the gluten-free pasties or spaghetti will tickle your taste buds.

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