I don’t know how I first heard about Tea at Taylor’s. Perhaps it was via a friend, or maybe I just stumbled upon the tea rooms while wandering through town one day- it’s just that kind of place. After all, tucked away behind a nondescript exterior, you’ll find row upon row of delicious cakes, a friendly atmosphere, and mismatched teaware. This quintessential coffee shop lies in the sleepy town of Ashburton, South Devon in the very heart of the English countryside…
Tea at Taylor’s: In search of the best cake in Devon
Wander inside Tea at Taylor’s and you’ll be greeted by a warm interior, antique furnished decor and the smell of freshly baked scones. If you do choose to visit, then I highly recommend selecting a cream tea (gluten-free options are also available).
This traditional West Country specialty is formed of a scone served with freshly brewed tea, clotted cream, and jam. Just make sure to spread the cream on your scone the Devonian way; that’s to say before the jam! The other way around is the Cornish way and the way of preparing your cream tea remains a rival point between the two counties.
If you’re not convinced, then there are plenty of other equally appetizing foodstuffs on offer. From the vanilla twist on the ever classic Victoria Sponge Cake to the well-balanced carrot cake, there is a wide variety of cakes and savoury selections. There are also sandwiches and soups for those looking for something a little more filling than just a cake!
Although the offerings are on the pricier side, the staff are ever friendly and the establishment is dog-friendly meaning that you can bring along your furry friend! Every cake I’ve tried on the numerous occasions I’ve visited, have been freshly baked and the selection of teas on offer will make you want to return again if only to admire the quirky antiques on the walls while sipping on a brew, or sample one of the more unusual blends on offer.
Ashburton: An ancient stannary town in the heart of Devon
Elsewhere in town, the ancient town of Ashburton was once one of the most important settlements in Devon, if not the entire South West of England. Thanks to its designation as one of only four ‘stannary towns’ (a place designated to sort tin from the local mines) in the county during the middle ages, Ashburton was vital to the local economy. Located on the edges of Dartmoor National Park, here you’ll find plenty of quirky stores, antique shops, and ancient churches.