I love cream teas. It was National Cream Tea Day on Friday so we celebrated in style by spending the afternoon at The Alverton Hotel, tucking into their ultimate Afternoon Tea. I think the pictures speak for themselves on how delicious it was. If you live in Cornwall or are planning a trip, I really recommend visiting.

We were baby free for the afternoon which is such a rarity, but even if we weren’t, they do the most adorable children’s version of afternoon tea, complete with a little bottle of milk. Here are some reasons why you should visit:

The Tea

They serve Tregothnan tea (my absolute favourite tea) which is from Tregothnan Estate here in Cornwall. It’s the first English grown tea in the world & quite frankly it’s devine.

You are given these cute little timers so that you can brew the tea and pour it at the optimum drinking temperature. So, every single cup will taste absolutely perfect.

The Cream Tea

Being ‘National Cream Tea Day’, this was the most important part of the afternoon tea and it really didn’t disappoint. The scones were perfect. They are light and fluffy and were served with strawberry jam and cornish clotted cream. Being from Cornwall, it was only right that we spread the jam first then topped it with the cream (sorry any Devonians reading this).

The Cakes and Sandwiches

There are three types of finger sandwiches & we got to try: salmon and cream cheese and cucumber and coronation chicken.

There are two fingers of each but this was actually plenty and by the time we’d shared out the cakes we were pretty full.

The cakes completely stole the show. The flavour combinations were so tasty and incredibly moreish. We got to try chocolate and pecan, profiterole, pistachio cake, liquorice battenburg, vanilla macaroon and a raspberry mille feuille. Don’t they just look mouthwatering?

The Service

The staff were friendly and approachable and the service was just perfect, they weren’t too invasive but made us feel really at home.

The Estate

Situated a few minutes drive from the hustle and bustle of Truro City Centre, this ancient hotel at first appears like something out of a Harry Potter movie. Built by the same architect that crafted the Truro Cathedral, this beautiful Grade II listed building is steeped in history. We enjoyed a lovely walk around the grounds after our cream tea and couldn’t believe how peaceful it was being so close to the city centre.


Reasons You Should Visit

Afternoon tea is the perfect treat. Whether you’re a busy parent, a workaholic or just need a little time away. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting in some peaceful, beautiful grounds sipping tea and tucking into some sweet treats. It’s the perfect excuse to skip lunch any day!

If you’re visiting Truro it really is worth popping in and enjoying some afternoon tea at The Alverton Hotel.

Did you celebrate National Cream Tea Day? What do you think of The Alverton Hotel’s cake selection?



  1. June 30, 2015 / 9:40 am

    Oh wow! What a gorgeous place to visit! The food looks amazing! x

    • June 30, 2015 / 1:03 pm

      It was so beautiful. The cakes were incredible. x

  2. June 30, 2015 / 9:40 am

    Lovely pictures! Makes me really want cream tea! 🙂 #triedtested

  3. June 30, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    Yep total afternoon tea envy! Perhaps not somewhere I’ll manage to visit with being up in Manchester though 😉
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

    • June 30, 2015 / 7:23 pm

      Oh no! If you’re ever in Cornwall you have a great excuse to go for afternoon tea! 😀

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