We have many family and friends come to stay with us in North Devon and most have a ‘must-do’ list which features a traditional Devon Cream Tea …..
It’s good to get a bit of fresh air and exercise in before indulging and at the start of Easter holidays with the sun high in the sky we got a perfect excuse to re-visit Hartland Quay before enjoying a Docton Mill Garden’s Cream Tea which never fails to impress.
If you follow this blog you’ll know that the Hartland Peninsula is one of my favourite places in North Devon – the landscape of Hartland Quay is full of drama no matter what the weather and on this occasion the sea was turquoise and calm. It was also low tide so we did a bit of scrambling through the hole in the fallen rock to access the folded cliffs and pebble beach right in the bay.
Having taken the air we enjoyed an alfresco lunchtime cream tea soaking up the warm sunshine on the terrace at Docton Mill Garden. Docton Mill Garden is high on my to-do list as it is a multiple award winner – for the garden, for it’s tea room and specifically its Devon cream tea!
It is a stunning garden and like many in Devon is set in a steep valley complete with working mill wheel. You get a sample of the garden’s delights walking along the mill race from the carpark to the tea room – last week the spring flowers were truly ‘bright and beautiful’ while the cream tea was excellent and the lemon drizzle cake came highly recommended by our niece!
(Incidentally, I learned this week that the lady who wrote ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ was inspired by a visit to Exmoor and a particularly pretty little stream.)