Cornwall is the perfect destination for family holidays; 300 miles of heavenly coastline, a multitude of family-friendly attractions (think Eden ProjectWatergate Bay and Lost Gardens of Heligan to name a few!) and some of the best weather you will find in England. But when the good old British weather does fail you, what’s your go-to shelter? A Cornish cream tea, of course! We asked our friends at Trewhiddle for their recommendations on the best cream tea to enjoy as a family.


 4 best cream teas in south Cornwall for families


  1. Charlie’s Coffee House – Set in the quaint village of Charlestown, a family visit here cannot be missed. A favourite with locals and tourists, the Cornish Cream Tea is regarded by many to be the best around – plus, it’s only a 7-minute drive from Trewhiddle, so your little ones don’t have to sit still for too long. After lunch, why not walk off the afternoon indulgences with a family stroll to the nearby Grade II listed harbour? Take in the breathtaking views of St Austell Bay and let the children marvel at the famous collection of old ships. 
  2. Talls Ships Creamery – This little gem is renowned in Cornwall for being one of the best drop off points for Cornish Cream Tea. Run by a Husband and Wife duo, expect a warm welcome and the freshest scones imaginable. If the sun is shining, there’s the option of sitting on the benches outside, with umbrellas to keep little heads in the shade. Here you can relish one of their award winning homemade ice creams, which come in a variety of tantalising flavours! Choose from Peanut Butter and Banana, Cornish Vanilla and much, much more.. 
  3. Tea on the Quay – With views of the historic Mevagissey harbour visible from the windows, this picture-perfect spot is ideal for playing ‘guess the name of the boat’. This gorgeous little eatery is a real crowd pleaser, with a selection of sweet and savoury scones to cater to all tastes. For those who don’t like being separated from their furry friends, you’ll be relieved to know that dogs are welcome too! So no need to worry about leaving them outside. Mevagissey is just 10 minutes’ drive from Trewhiddle; so again, you don’t have the dreaded task of keeping the little ones entertained in the car for too long. 
  4. Teacup Tearoom – A recent and popular addition to the Mevagissey Café scene, there is no doubt that the Teacup Tearoom will charm you in every way with its shabby chic interior and friendly staff. Both child and canine friendly, you can be rest assured that your whole family will be well and trully spoilt here. They even have specially designed treats for your pups too! While visiting Mevagissey, why not treat the kids with a trip to Aquarium after lunch, located on the west side of the harbour. Then just a short drive back to your blissful Trewhiddle retreat.

The small Cornish settlement of Trewhiddle, is quickly becoming recognised as one of the best places to stay. Partly because it is close to all the top-rated attractions, making it is easy to get from A to B.  

It’s a popular choice for those with young children, providing a safe haven for energetic youngsters who are eager to race around and practice their cartwheels. Tucked away in a rural valley, it is the ideal play area for young explorers, with extensive fields, surrounding woodlands and even an outdoor playground – parents can sit back and relax, while watching the little one’s roam around. Just a stone’s throw away you will find the neighbouring harbour towns of Charlestown and Mevagissey, which are both great options for family days out. The nearest beach is also less than 5 minutes away in the car, meaning its ideal for those with little ones who get restless in long car journeys. 

Where’ve you had your best cream tea in Cornwall?