Wimbledon inspired Cream Teas
Delightfully crumbly scones, deliciously sticky fruit jam, cream – clotted or whipped – and perfectly brewed tea. To add a touch of Yorkshire, enjoy them with new season Yorkshire strawberries.
Or treat yourself in The Barn Café. Whether it’s a full Afternoon Tea or traditional Cream Tea, served seven days a week.
Time for tea
Britain’s love affair with tea began when Portuguese Catherine de Braganza married Charles II in 1662, bringing the custom of drinking tea at court with her and making tea popular worldwide.
In 1706, Thomas Twining opened London’s first tearoom. Before long, a flurry of tearooms appeared across the city, a far sight more inviting for a lady than the male-oriented coffee houses.
Tiring of the long wait between lunch and dinner, we have the Duchess of Bedford to thank for the invention of afternoon tea. What started out as simply ordering tea and treats to her room when peckish soon evolved into a gowns-and-all social affair, inviting friends to join her in her country house.
By the middle of the 19th century, afternoon tea was an every day occurrence; a spread of sandwiches, cakes, scones, cream and jam – the first hint of cream teas as we know them today.
The cream tea tradition flourished in the West Country following the tourism boom in the 1850s, brought on by the opening of the railway. Visitors bustled south looking to relax and indulge, and hotels, tearooms, farmhouses and cafés were happy to oblige – offering delicious afternoon cream teas, made with the finest local ingredients.
The jam was invariably strawberry. And the cream was always clotted.