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Places to have afternoon tea in Hampshire and Dorset

PUBLISHED: 16:02 17 April 2014 | UPDATED: 16:04 17 April 2014

From the Destination South magazine summer edition - There is nothing finer than a freshly baked scone, some clotted cream and oodles of strawberry jam when you’re on holiday

The best thing about a holiday on the South coast has to be the chance to indulge in the quintessentially British cream tea. A day by the sea isn’t complete until you’ve got your teeth stuck in to a sumptuous scone laden with clotted cream and oozy jam – all washed down with a pot of Earl Grey. Making your mouthwater? Here are our favourite places to tuck in to this traditional treat.

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Rosie Lea Bakery and Tea House

Based in Brockenhurst on the Brookley Road, Rosie Lea Bakery and Tea House uses locally produced New Forest ingredients to create high quality baked produce, keeping their carbon footprint down and remaining as ecologically friendly as possible. During a visit to the bakery you can expect to enjoy creations containing local eggs, flour, meats and cheeses, locally produced jam and locally crafted chocolates. In addition to supporting existing New Forest businesses, Rosie Lea also provides a comprehensive and varied “free from” menu aiming to give those with specific dietary requirements as good a selection as those without.

Pay a visit: 76 Brookley Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7RA Tel: 01590622797

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Gorley Tea Rooms

Situated between Ringwood and Fordingbridge in the beautiful New Forest location of North Gorley, Gorley Tea Rooms is housed in a charming 300 year-old thatched cottage. Offering everything from delicious cakes and sweet treats to traditional scones and clotted cream, their wide selection of teas will not disappoint. If you’re celebrating, you can even indulge in a glass of bubbles too amongst the beautiful garden setting.

Pay a visit: Ringwood Rd, North Gorley, Hampshire, SP6 2PB Tel: 01425 657628

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The Blue Tea Rooms

Head to The Blue Pool and you will find a lot more than tea and cake at this beautiful Site of Special Scientific Interest. Home to a stunning lagoon surrounded by woodland and the notorious Wareham Bears, you can enjoy a traditional tea with scones, clotted cream and jam in a really picturesque setting. Dogs are welcome too so it is the perfect place to while away a sunny afternoon.

Pay a visit: Furzebrook Road, Nr. Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5AR Tel: 01929 551408

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Did you know?

There is much scepticism surrounding the origins of the cream tea due to the battle amongst the West Country counties over ownership. Some say it was Benedictine Monks in Devon that were first recorded as creating the dish. Others say that, in 500 BC, Phoenicians (from what is now modern day Lebanon and Syria) sailed to the South West of England in search of Cornish tin, and may have traded their art of cream making with the locals. Whichever story you believe, you can now indulge in a cream tea all over the country; which is music to our ears.

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