The best Cornish online afternoon teas
Pinkies out for towering tiers of festive fancies, seasonal savouries, scones still warm from the oven, lashings of clotted cream and maybe a glass or two of fizz (hic!). Here's where to go for the best afternoon teas for delivery and collection in Cornwall.
Mother’s Day (which is the 14 March btw) is coming up quick, so here’s your annual prompt to organise something pronto, but we also think these local cafes and bakeries make a delicious delivery any time you fancy a sweet treat.
An exquisite take away treat to celebrate Mother’s Day, this special edition Afternoon Tea from the Duchy Nursery cafe is available for collection or free home delivery (within a 5 mile radius only of the Nursery) – in a luxury jute bag with leather handles, a personal message and a posy of spring flowers, you’ll get four savoury and four sweet options per person, plus Tregothnan tea. £25pp (add £5pp for Prosecco).
Samantha and Benjamin are passionate pastry chefs who run Newquay’s French-style Patisserie ChouKette. They have a special Mother’s Day box – a 4portions heart shape Macaron cake with vanilla ganache, Raspberry and rose jam and fresh leetchi. The cake will be surrounded by a mix of red fruit and mini heart shape Raspberry macarons. £19.50, delivered to TR7 and TR8 postcode.
Bello’s take on afternoon is a little wilder than most: after all, they are foragers first and foremost. Their ‘wild food at home’ concept was born during lockdown when founder Chris, a commercial forager, needed to diversify. Normally a supplier of some of the country’s most prestigious restaurants, he found his clients closed due to lockdown, so steered his business in a new direction. The range of mainly Cornish foraged wild foods includes this unique and rather beautiful wild mother’s day afternoon tea hamper, complete with bouquet of dried flowers, gin with petals to add, chocolates as well as the most stunning macarons from North Cornwall’s The Garden Baker. £75, for delivery 11-12 March.
We’ve heard great things about the Butcher’s Bakehouse in St Columb, created by two baking families – their Mother’s Day box contains six sweet treats, one for everyone: a strawberry and clotted cream cruffin, glazed buttermilk doughnut, Miso caramel doughnut, chocolate and raspberry tart, carrot cake and an apricot frangipane tart.
Truly Cornish in Porthleven is offering a variety of delicious freshly baked treats for Mother’s Day this year. If you are local to Porthleven and can collect from the shop, they have a pick and mix box including their famous cupcakes and traybakes that can be personalised with a Mother’s Day message or photo. They also offer brownie or blondie slabs that can be personalised with a Mother’s Day message or photo which can be collected from the shop or posted anywhere in the UK.
Sold out for Mother’s Day, but look out for other weekends and Easter
Ladyvale Bakery in Nansledan is the pastel hued vision of Lara, the woman also behind Muddy multi-award winning Woods Café in Cardinham Woods. Her mother’s day treat boxes sold out in a couple of hours but don’t worry, she does regular treat boxes like the ones above that contain fresh lemon curd cupcake, meringue kisses, ruby and raspberry shortbread, pink Prosecco truffles, salted caramel macarons and chocolate ganache dipping sauce.
Spill the Tea, Wadebridge
So new that they only launched last month, Spill the Tea are a luxury homemade afternoon tea delivery in Wadebridge. They’ve sold out for mother’s day but don’t let that stop you booking for another weekend instead. They’ll deliver everything you need for a lush tea – think special treats, birthdays, baby showers, end of lockdown celebrations, the possibilities are endless.