Welcome to the Devonshire Tea Guide
My name is Toni Krasicki and I have a penchant for Devonshire Tea adventures. This guide is a collaboration of my Devonshire Tea experiences, and was never intended to be made into a guide. However after meeting many other Devonshire Tea fans over the years and noticing the difficulty in tracking down Devonshire Teas when travelling around or visiting places around the country, I decided to combine my passion for travel, writing and Devonshire Teas.
Why Devonshire Teas?
I had my first Devonshire Tea in the mid-80s when I was visiting family, who were at the time, living in the Upper Hunter Valley, NSW. Although just a teenager, I was enthralled by the concept of breaking open piping hot scones and lavishing them with jam and cream. I didn’t really think about Devonshire Teas much over the next 20 years even though I spent many years living in England. I had wonderful Cream Teas with butter-thick clotted cream, but once back at home in Australia I became intrigued with eating Devonshire Teas
I’ve collected this information from eating more scones than I care to admit over the years. I have put the date of the review at the bottom of each listing. These reviews have been done anonymously and are subjective, and initially I had no intention of creating a guide. The photos are not professional foodie shots, but rather amateur snaps taken purely for the fun of it from my travels around Australia and wherever I have found scones, jam and cream. You’ll find more reviews for NSW as I live there.
Asking for a Devonshire Tea may elicit a blank stare at some cafes as not everybody knows what a Devonshire Tea is. Always check Australian cafe menus for simply ‘scones, jam and cream’, and sometimes you may come across a Cream Tea.
Personally I prefer to drink black and green tea, so you may not see the traditional tea with milk in the photos, however tea with milk is the norm and definitely always available. I believe you can drink any type of tea or drink coffee, or anything you like with your scones – it is, after all, the 21st century.
I hope you enjoy this collection and find it invaluable in your quest for a good Devonshire Tea. Bon appétit!
How this guide works
I have used a teapot system to rate the scones, jam and cream for quality and taste. A lousy score and the lowest rating possible is half a teapot and for excellence an item can score up to five teapots.
Due to inevitable price changes, I have devised four categories to give you a general idea of the cost of a serving of scones, jam, cream and tea or coffee. Generally a serving consists of two scones, but sometimes it may just be one, or an option to have only one, or you may even have up to three scones served, it really depends on the establishment. Tea is usually served in a small pot, however on several occasions I have had just a lonely cup of tea, or even a pot for two.
The cost of the Devonshire Tea may cost between $5 to $25, but on average expect to pay between $8 and $12.
$ – less than $6
$$ – $7 to $12
$$$ – $13 to $19
$$$$ – more than $20
To get the best out of your Devonshire Tea, I have come up with these tips to take into consideration:
- The season – for some reason scones taste better in winter or in cooler weather, and cafes tend to bake them in the cooler months.
- The time of day – if baked daily the scones will definitely be fresher in the morning.
- The day of the week – if most of the trade is on the weekends then the scones may only be baked to coincide with the demand.
PLEASE NOTE: Cafes and restaurants change their menus, close down, and change their name or change hands, so call before you go. If you do come across a cafe that no longer exits, please let me know. And remember, this guide is 100% subjective, purely my humble opinion. Anyhow, what do I know?