High Tea includes tea sandwiches, fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and jam, and a selection of pastries and seasonal fruit, unlimited tea. Available on Saturdays at 1pm and 3pm (Rreservations required): $34 per person.

Royal High Tea (High Tea with a glass of bubbly): $40 per person

Cream Tea includes two scones with clotted cream and jam served on pretty china and unlimited tea.  Available daily (no reservation required): $13.50 per person

Royal Cream Tea (Cream Tea with a glass of bubbly): $20.00 per person

What is Clotted Cream?

Clotted cream was invented in either Devon or Cornwall, England (depending on who you ask!) as a way to preserve cream. It is readily available in the U.K. but not here in the U.S., except for a jarred version which has a very long shelf life and really tastes nothing like fresh clotted cream.

You can find various “recipes” for clotted cream in cookbooks and online and they often call for several ingredients including sour cream. Marscapone cheese, cream cheese and sugar. Devonshire cream, which a lot of tea rooms feature on their menus, is also not clotted cream – it is merely sweetened whipped cream, sometimes with other ingredients added.

There is only one ingredient in clotted cream: cream.

Pippa spent 3 months perfecting the technique for making real clotted cream. It is cooked for a very long time, at a very low heat, and then it has to set for up to 24 hours. It becomes a luscious, thick, glorious topping for Pippa’s English scones and jam. She uses organic cream from local dairies, and the result has been compared to the best that Cornwall and Devon has to offer. And the only place to get it in the U.S. is right here at Pippa’s!