Saturday, 25 April 2015

The Cream Tea at Cranks Kitchen

Back in 1988, I made my first trip to London.  It was my first time on an airplane, my first holiday out of the States, and a life long dream come true. Like all tourists I was slack-jawed and overwhelmed.  I'll never forget the thrill I got when I found myself smack in the middle of Carnaby  Street, home of the Swinging 60's and Cranks.  



Cranks vegetarian restaurant is legendary.  They were whole food long before it became trendy, way back in 1961!  Imagine my delight when all these years later we have CRANKS KITCHEN practically on our doorstep. 



Cranks Kitchen is located at The Shops at Dartington, near Totnes.  You couldn't ask for a more idyllic setting. 



Being a Saturday lunchtime, the place was buzzing with people, all being served the most delicious looking food.  Andy and I each ordered a cream tea and began to take mental notes of the plates going by for a future visit. 



And this is the Cranks Cream Tea, two incredibly tall scones, generous pots of clotted cream and jam.  All served with a tea in a gorgeous teapot.  



As I said, the scones were incredibly tall and full of juicy sultanas.  Vicky, the manager, told me they were baked using half wholemeal flour and half white flour.  (Home bakers take note of that little detail.)




The first scone I had Devon-style, cream first, jam second.  The second scone I had Cornish-style, jam first, cream second.  Both were equally delicious and I had jam and cream to spare.  There are no half measures at Cranks! 



Lovely environment, friendly staff, and generous portions ... Cranks Kitchen is a great place for a special cream tea treat. 


CLICK HERE for more information about Cranks Kitchen.

12 comments:

  1. I can't believe I've never heard of this place! Those scones look SO good!

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    1. It's such a lovely place to visit and everyone is so nice!

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  2. That looks just fine - perfect for a good afternoon!

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    1. And it's located in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the Dart Valley. : D

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  3. This looks delightful----I love tea time--and prepare tables for friends all the time!

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    1. I love afternoon tea. It is my favourite way to entertain family and friends.

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  4. The Cranks cookery book saw me safely through my vegetarian student years. I have a very big soft spot for them :-)

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  5. That cream tea looks delicious! I remember going to Cranks in Carnaby St with my parents in the sixties.

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    1. Cranks must have been the most famous vegetarian restaurant in the whole world! This new little cafe is charming and the lunches looked delicious.

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  6. My kind of place! I love that they make amazing food...you can just tell from your photos that everything is delicious!!! And to have it at your doorstep is even better!!! Wishing you a great week ahead friend! Nicole xo

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    1. Delicious, unusual, and fun...what more could you want? : Dx

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