A cream tea is a popular form of afternoon tea in areas around the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. It normally consists of a pot of hot tea, milk, and sugar and scones, jam and clotted cream. The exact origins of a cream tea are not clear, it may have developed from eating bread with cream and jam. The earliest recorded references as we would understand it are not until the twentieth century.
Cream tea is a really popular tradition in Devon and Cornwall every restaurant, café, and tea shop have their own offer, however, there is a distinct difference in Devon the warm scone is split, each half is spread with clotted cream and topped with jam, normally strawberry jam. In Cornwall the reverse is true, jam first then cream. Because of the rich clotted cream, neither cream tea includes butter. In Cornwall, you may occasionally find a sweetened bread roll instead of the scone this is called a ‘ Cornish Split ’.