An hour and a half drive from Bournemouth will take you to Sidmouth on the coast of East Devon. On entering Sidmouth it looks like any other seaside town in the South West. I had a couple of friends visiting from the States and we decided to squeeze out the last of the summer weather (semi cloudy) and go there for the day.
Sidmouth is an older sort of town that really offers nothing whatsoever in the form of entertainment (nothing we could see) it’s strictly there for its beauty and beach. There is, however, a small play park for kids that appeared empty!
We had a good walk around the area and visited the local sites such as Jacobs Ladder which is stone steps built into one of the red clay cliffs. The area had a European feel to it and shared similarities with its hidden gardens and walks to places I have seen in Italy and France.
Cream Tea in Devon at the Mocha Restaurant
During the afternoon we decided on cream tea, I’m not a huge fan of this custom but being in Devon we thought better it give it a go. We went to the Mocha Restaurant on Prospect Place and placed our orders. Instead of tea I had coffee with scones that are bigger than most, I have ever seen. The jam came in small glass jars which was a bit disappointing as I was hoping for some homemade jam. The cream was of course Devonshire – Crème Anglais – I know there is some debate between Devon and Cornwall on which is the correct way to prepare these scones, whether you put the jam or the Devonshire cream first, or on the scone? I didn’t know and wanted to ask but quite frankly the waitresses seemed bored and probably not at all interested in the chicken and egg theory. I settled by putting the jam first followed by a healthy topping of Devonshire cream. (Or not as healthy as the case may be).
The experience of a cream tea is very civilized and eaten over small talk about such things as the British weather and what’s going on in the newspapers. Today it was a discussion about Kate Moss and whether she should remain in her current role as fashion icon and retain her contracts with Chanel et al. Not that I am concerned about Kate’s personal life or job. The weather in my opinion was a far healthier topic at this point as there were a few mixed opinions.
The cream tea was good and although nothing to write home about it did add to the Devonshire experience. I am informed by friends that there are better places to partake in this custom.