Staycations & Cream Tea with Parkdean

11th August 2015

Cornish Cream Tea Hamper

Parkdean Holidays recently got in touch and sent me over this wonderful hamper full of Cornish afternoon tea goodies to sample.

I managed to resist diving in until Tyrone got home from work, but once he was back we sacrificed a proper evening meal for afternoon tea (rather shockingly it was Tyrone’s first ever afternoon tea!).

As you can see the hamper contained scones, strawberry preserve, tea, clotted cream, biscuits and fudge, all of which was completely delicious! I was especially impressed with the fudge which was so soft and creamy.

Of course, we debated about the best way to eat cream tea. Cream first then jam in the Devon way, and jam first then cream is the Cornish way.

Ty was unsure of which way he should eat his, so he tired both, and said he enjoyed it either way. However, I always opt for the Cornish way of eating my cream tea. It just makes sense, right? You can fit more cream on the Cornish way!

Cornish Cream Tea Hamper

Parkdean also wanted to know some of my best “staycation” memories.

Staycation – “a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions”.

You’ve probably worked out by now that I’m the type of person who would happily jump on a plane at the drop of a hat and get out of the UK. This year alone I have visited 5 different countries, and I have no plans of stopping.

However, I have had many holidays and short breaks in the UK over the years and have lots of great memories from them.

Tyrone and I went on a couple of holidays together with his family to Wales when we first started dating. The photo below is from the first of these holidays when we stayed near to Barmouth and went to the beach to watch the sun set. We were 16, and I had short hair. Those were the days!

Beach near Barmouth

While scoffing down the scones I was reminded of my staycations to the south in the counties of Devon and Cornwall. My mum’s best friend moved to Devon and so it always gave us an excellent excuse to visit. I’m a particular fan of Salcombe, but when I was younger I loved nothing more than a day at the Model Village in Babbacombe.

During one of our visits to Devon we decided to pop over the bridge to Cornwall to visit the Eden Project and Padstow. Cornwall is still very much untouched territory for me so I would like to return to visit more of the cute harbour villages it has to offer.

Honestly, I would probably take more short breaks in the UK if I could drive or we owned a car. There are so many amazing places in the UK that I would love to visit but not all are accessible by train. So as soon as I’ve got a set of wheels I’ll be off exploring more!

If you are feeling tempted by a staycation, why not enter Parkdean’s competition to win a 3 to 4 night stay with them in either Devon or Cornwall, worth Β£499. You can enter here.

**I was sent a cream tea hamper for free by Parkdean in return for a post about staycations and sharing their competition. I received no payment for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.**

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  1. I’ve never actually had afternoon tea! Would love to, though. The hamper looks lovely!

    Cornish way all the way!

    • Holly

      You need to try it! Especially with you living in London! There are so many great places for afternoon tea there.

  2. Jamie

    That afternoon tea looks delicious! I’ve never had that before, I wonder if they ship to the United States? I love the hamper!

  3. The hamper is so cute. I love cream tea and I prefer the Cornish way too as scones are much better with more cream πŸ™‚
    I agree with you about the car. Since I moved to UK 3 years and a half ago, I’ve spent all my holidays in UK and it is great but that wouldn’t be possible without a car.

    • Holly

      All of the cream!!

      I feel like owning a car would give us so much more freedom. Now I have a job and income I plan on passing my test, so it shouldn’t be long before we can invest in a car.