National Cream Tea Day

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2024 Date28 June 2024
2025 Date27 June 2025

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National Cream Tea Day celebrates the British culinary tradition, the cream tea. The day aims to bring people together in appreciation of the combination of scones, jam, clotted cream, and a cup of tea, whilst participants raise money for various charities. The observance encourages people to discover the best places in the United Kingdom to enjoy cream teas, while also fostering a sense of community around this British experience.

The concept of the celebration pays tribute to the longstanding British tradition of cream tea, which is believed to date back as far as the 11th century. Cornwall, Devon, and other regions each have their own take on the cream tea, which makes every experience a journey for those who indulge.

National Cream Tea Day is observed with various establishments and individuals hosting cream tea events, promoting their services, or sharing their recipes with the wider public. Businesses, hotels, tearooms, and cafes take part in the observance by offering special discounts and promotions on cream teas or hosting charity fundraisers. On this day, people in the UK gather with friends, colleagues and loved ones to treat themselves to a classic cream tea. National Cream Tea Day is observed on June 30th of 2023.

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National Cream Tea Day Facts

  • One of the essential components of cream tea, clotted cream, is a thick cream made from heating and cooling cow's milk until it forms a rich, buttery substance.
  • The tradition of cream tea is believed to have originated in the West Country, specifically in the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England, during the 11th century.

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National Cream Tea Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Bake your own scones and invite friends or family over for a cream tea experience at home.
  • Pack a traditional English picnic with scones, clotted cream, jam, sandwiches, and tea to celebrate in a local park or in your own garden.
  • Attend a classic afternoon tea experience but be sure to make a reservation before going.
  • Embark on a cream tea-themed tour like the Steam Dreams' Cream Tea Tour on the Swanage Railway, where you can enjoy the stunning countryside views while indulging in a delicious cream tea on a steam train.
  • Try out different regional versions of cream teas such as Cornwall's and Devon's cream teas, which differ in the order of putting cream and jam on the scone.
  • Experience a traditional cream tea at famous tea rooms such as The Ritz, Claridge's, Fortnum & Mason, and the Harrods Tea Room in London, or the Pump Room and Sally Lunn's in Bath.

National Cream Tea Day References and Related Sites Cream Society UK

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