So if you're in Cornwall for a week, you HAVE to have at least one cream tea - it would rude not to... We were staying in the next village and stumbled across The Cook Book quite by chance. A second hand bookshop that is also a purveyor of cakes and cream teas? - bliss - my two favourite things.
The first time we called in it was late morning so it was snack o'clock and I had the cream tea whilst other half went for treacle tart with clotted cream. When they arrived, both sets of greedy eyes were on stalks. Not one but two hot and delicious fruit scones AND a saffron cake the size of a baby's head; enough clotted cream to give half population for a small town cholesterol issues.. all accompanied by a very fine jam.
We returned with a local friend on our last morning for breakfast before our 7 hour drive back to London. Again, insane portion sizes and everything was delicious. To be honest there was one snag over my friends mushrooms which she didn't feel had been cooked to her taste. The waitress could not have been more helpful and whisked the offending fungi away, returning shortly thereafter with another portion cooked to instructions. So often, anywhere can have a problem - it's how it's dealt with that counts and The Cook Book was first rate. When we get back down to West Cornwall we will be back. How could we not?
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