We made our way to Tavistock and to the Bedford Hotel. The Bedford is a 3 star hotel located in the centre of historical market town Tavistock. It has a large car park, garden area and restaurant serving evening meals. We were able to sit in the large, grand lounge area where a plentiful selection of books and board games were available for you to borrow.
We decided to order the full afternoon tea which included pots of tea, finger sandwiches, salad, parsnip crisps, a variety of cakes and macaroons and of course the most important part – scones with cream and jam. All this was presented beautifully on a stylish slate cake tier and looked super impressive. It all tasted really good too and we were stuffed; so much so we didn’t manage to finish both the scones and took one back to the campsite in case we got a case of the midnight munchies.
Apparently the Bedford Hotel is where the Devon cream tea originated from. The hotel states the building originally formed part of Benedictine Abbey which is located in Tavistock. History tells us that the Abbey was badly damaged by Vikings in 997AD and that local monks and workers who helped restore it were rewarded with bread, clotted cream and jam. And the rest is history in terms of cream teas. Whether this is really true or whether cream teas were established elsewhere I don’t know, and to be honest I don’t mind really, it was a good excuse to have an afternoon tea and I would recommend!
The price of the afternoon tea was £12.95 per person which I think for what we got, was a really reasonable price. The hotel was comfortable and relaxed and the lady who served us was friendly and engaging. The added bonus of being able to play a game of Scrabble whilst we scoffed cakes and tea really made it.