Jam and cream

Here’s how to celebrate national cream tea day

This day calls for scones - but is it the jam first or cream?

By Rebecca Shepherd, 28 June 2017
Here’s how to celebrate national cream tea day

It’s time to dust off your teapot, stockpile the scones and get ready to spread on a dollop of jam and clotted cream as it’s National Cream Tea Day.

A YouGov survey has revealed that the majority of Brits (51%) agree the correct pronunciation is to rhyme it with 'gone'

Just as the name suggests, cream tea fanatics all over the world can raise a cup in celebration and enjoy a slice of cake as today, Friday 30 June, is a whole day dedicated to drinking tea and eating scones.  

But whether it's sweet scones generously scattered with plump sultanas, or savoury scones flavoured with mature cheddar cheese, two age-old questions still stand and divide opinion between cream tea lovers everywhere. 

Do you pronounce it 'scone' like 'gone', or 'scone' like 'bone'? And how about the preserve. Do you add the jam or cream first?

But finally, it looks like the debate, that has raged in every office kitchen and home across the land for many, many years, has finally been settled. Sort of.

YouGov survey has revealed that 51% of Brits agree the correct pronunciation is to rhyme it with 'gone'. By comparison, 42% of us rhyme it with 'bone' (we have no idea how the remaining 7% are pronouncing it - maybe they just can't make up their minds). So, 'gone' wins, albeit only by a fraction. 

The survey also sought to put to bed the other very important scone debate. And according to the survey, the Cornish method (jam first) came out on top, with 61% of the vote. Sorry Devon! 

But whichever way you prepare your scones, we've rounded up some inspiration to help you create the ultimate cream tea at home. 

Get the scones right

Love biting into a scone which is filled with dried fruits? Try these Extra Special cherry offerings or these Extra Special sultana scones. Not got a sweet tooth? Then pick up these melt in the mouth mature cheddar scones. And for those that aren't a fan of dried fruits, these perfectly crumbly all-butter scones are for you. 

Invest in some tasty preserves

A cream tea is only as good as its preserves. Made using whole strawberries, which have been plucked specifically for their superb quality, this Extra Special strawberry jam is like no other. And what about the clotted cream? Prepared in Cornwall using a traditional method for a rich, buttery flavour, this Extra Special cream will go down a treat.  

Don't forget the cakes

Although scones are most certainly the star of the show, a cup of tea also goes down well with a slice of cake. Gregor McMaster, Food Editor, said: "Coming from Scotland we were spoilt for choice when it came to afternoon tea treats.  It would normally be during a day out at the weekend and we’d end up in an old fashioned Scottish country hotel. 

"They would bring out a tiered tray of cakes and scones and it was always such a hard choice. My Grandma made the most amazing scones so I’d usually opt for a fondant French fancy. I don’t love them quite as much as an adult and these days I’d be more inclined to go for a coffee cream cake or if I’m feeling really retro I might opt for a slice of Battenburg. Here’s a great recipe."

You can't have a cream tea without a tea set

What cream tea is complete without some great plates, saucers and teacups? We can’t think of anything fancier for teatime than this gorgeous ‘drink me’ teapot. Finished with gold effect details, it will look oh-so chic on your coffee table. Help complete this set with this wonderfully quirky, white little tea cup and a sugar bowl too. 

Feeling inspired to create an amazing cream tea? Make sure you head online to Asda to stock up on everything you need or pop into your local store