Not sure where’s best to go? Keen to understand the finer points of cream and afternoon tea? Here are all the most popular questions about cafés in Bournemouth, answered.
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You can look forward to plenty of different kinds of cake alongside the usual sandwiches and scones in a good afternoon tea. Here are just a few of the sugary treats offered by cafés in Bournemouth.
While afternoon tea is seen as an occasion in and of itself, a cream tea more closely describes the contents of a tasty snack. Afternoon tea started as an indulgent refreshment in the 1840s to fill the hunger gap between meals, and has developed today into a special treat to enjoy with friends and loved ones at grand hotels and cafes. Expect a display of finger sandwiches, delicious cakes, scones and pastries, with plenty of refreshing tea. A cream tea, by contrast, usually consists only of tea with warm scones, clotted cream and jam.
Cream tea is one of the best food and drink combinations out there. The obvious way to eat it is with lots of jam and clotted cream, but there's actually a longstanding food dispute about which you add first. The Cornish way is to generously spread with jam and then a dollop of cream on top. If you use the Devonshire method, however, you would cover your scone with clotted cream and then add a spoonful of jam on top. Whichever your preference, it is generally agreed that the scones should be warm and served with plenty of tea.