The sister insisted that we have to visit The Muffin Man Tea Shop for their scones. So we scheduled this on the last day of our entire UK trip where we already had a good amount of scones around the cities we went to. And we were not disappointed 🙂
So since there were 3 of us, we ordered the Devon Cream Tea Set x 3 and they served it in this lovely tiered stand. You can see this phrase commonly used on the tea room menus. It’s a set of tea and scones served with jam (usually strawberry) and clotted cream (this is not a type of butter nor anything remotely close to whipped cream).
Clotted cream originates in the south-west and is a silky smooth cream with a distinctive crust on the surface. It is made by heating unpasteurized cow’s milk which then is left in a shallow pan for many hours which causes the cream to rise to the surface and ‘clot’. It is hard to describe the texture and taste accurately but I would say the texture of the cream is somewhat smooth like nutella and the taste is light not too milky. Anyway, I think you will just have to go to UK to experience it for yourself :p This has to be one of the best clotted cream I have tasted so far. The other two tea rooms I have visited in the past few years that left quite an impression are Tudor Rose Tea Room in Plymouth and Sally Lunn’s in Bath, which I will share in my subsequent blog posts cos’ I haven’t blogged for soooo long and there is a backlog of posts! Geez….
What’s interesting is how Muffin Man serve their scones. They are served in halves and toasted; which I totally love. Cos’ it’s warm, crisp on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. This is something I shall adopt when serving scones at home next time. It may look like a simple unassuming baked good but getting the fluffy texture right isn’t that easy. You will know when you bite into a good scone 🙂
The tea shop also has an extensive menu of sandwiches, cakes and other hot food. But if you only have stomach for one thing. Go for the scones 😉
The Muffin Man Tea Shop
12 Wrights Lane
Opens: Mon – Sat (0800 – 2000), Sun (0900 – 2000)
xx dawnut xx