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Gluten free cream tea in Torquay & Brixham

By on August 14, 2014 in UK Restaurant Reviews with 2 Comments

No visit to Devon (or Cornwall) would be complete without a cream tea.   There are arguments amongst the West Country folk about who invented it first (much like the pavlova argument between Australia and New Zealand), but it doesn’t matter who came up with the idea as long as it is gluten free!

As an Australian in the UK, I’m always self-conscious about how I pronounce ‘scone’ – in Australia it always rhymes with ‘con’, but in the UK it often sounds rather posh by rhyming with ‘cone’.  No one batted an eyelid at my pronunciation in Devon (or corrected me), so I felt right at home.  (I also found this in York, maybe the posh pronunciation is a London thing?)

Torquay scones_opt

At the Singing Kettle in Torquay*, they make the gluten free scones in a heart shape so there is never any confusion – what a great idea!  It is this sort of concept that inspired me to call my blog ‘The Coeliac Plate’ – in Las Vegas I was given a different plate to the ‘normal’ meals to indicate my meal was gluten free.

When I asked if the scones were toasted/warmed, the answer was straight away “we know about cross contamination and are very careful”.   Music to a coeliac’s ears!  The scones were served warm and were a lovely afternoon tea.  The café is also dog friendly (inside and out), so the pooch doesn’t have to miss out on the festivities.

Torquay scones sign_optThe only thing they need to improve is their spelling!  I saw ‘gluten’ spelt as ‘gluton’ several times while we were away on boards and menus.

*check Tripadvisor as the website is no longer working although they seem to still be trading.


If you want to create your own Devonshire Cream Tea at your accommodation, you can order scones (and other GF items) online through Jacksons Gluten Free Bakery – they deliver to Brixham, Torquay and Paington.

If your waistline can also take on fish and chips, I found great gluten free fish & chips in Brixham and is reviewed here.

For information on other meal options in the area, click here.


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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .


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  1. Thank you for your lovely comments about our tea room. We aim to please everyone and hope we do. About the spelling of gluten free all I can do is apologies because spelling is not my strong point. I’m a chef and am far better at cooking thank god for that. We have now got an extensive gluten free menu please check the website.
    Regards Marlene (owner |manager )

    • The Coeliac Plate says:

      Hi Marlene
      The cooking is way more important than the spelling!! Thanks for thinking about gluten free – it makes life so much better for people who miss out on things so often…

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