What is the best Cornish scones recipe?


From its stunning coastline to its locally produced foods, the county of Cornwall is celebrated for many reasons. One of its most celebrated foods is Cornish scones as they truly enhance any Cornish cream tea and afternoon tea.

 Who doesn’t love a traditional Cornish cream tea? There really isn’t anything better than eating warm fluffy scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream with a nice cup of tea. If you’re staying with us at our Falmouth hotel you can enjoy afternoon teas with a spectacular view over the bay.

 Our Exec Head Chef Darren tells us why you need to try our cream teas during your next visit to St Michaels Resort: “I think great food experiences occur when the best ingredients are expertly combined and presented in a memorable setting. Relax into the resort vibe, slurp some good Cornish tea and nibble on a warm St Michaels scone and you’ll be so busy looking out across our sub-tropical gardens to the sea beyond that you won’t even notice the Cornish clotted cream dripping onto your chin. It’s indulgence, rest and the freshest of fresh light scones, delivered with an informal smile by our great crew here.”

 Scones can come in all shapes and sizes but in this guide, we take a look at the best Cornish scones recipe with suggested servings - jam first of course!

The Perfect Cornish Scones Recipe
The Perfect Cornish Scones Recipe

There are lots of Cornish scones recipes on the internet with some telling you to do one thing and another telling you to do something completely different and it can all be a bit confusing. If you’re looking for the traditional way to make a Cornish scone, then read on.

 Lisa, the author behind the lifestyle blog Scoop of Cornwall, tells us that she feels the best Cornish scones recipe is one from Rodda’s, who are famous for making Cornish Clotted Cream.

 “The recipe I use if I’m ever baking is this one by Rodda’s. I’ll admit, I’m not the best baker, so I’ll always look for local cafes or independent bakeries with a proper Cornish view!”

Cornish Scones Ingredients (for 12 people)

500g plain flour

5g baking powder

pinch of salt

100g caster sugar

100g diced butter

250ml milk

1 egg


Cornish Scones Recipe

Rodda’s say for the perfect Cornish scones recipe that you need to follow the following steps:

Sieve flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a bowl, then by using your fingertips, you need to rub the butter into the flour until it is no longer visible.

The next step is to add the milk and mix well. Once the mixture starts to form, turn out on to a lightly floured surface and knead gently until it forms a smooth, soft dough.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees /Gas Mark 6.

You will then need to roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 2.5 cm thick and cut into rounds with a 5cm cutter. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

For the egg wash, beat the egg in a small bowl and brush the tops of the scones twice.

Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes. Do not over-bake them or they will be dry.

Serve your Cornish scones with jam and cream


Cornish Hampers, who sell gift hampers that celebrate the vibrant and active food scene in Cornwall, shared some further steps you could follow when making Cornish scones.

 “Choose quality ingredients and be sure to use cooled unsalted butter. Handle the dough with cool hands as little as possible and with a light touch. Even if the dough looks a bit bumpy and ‘rough and ready’, the finished scones will be light, fluffy and well-risen. 

 “Make the scones by hand rather than using a food processor and avoid overworking or kneading the dough as this will result in flat, heavy scones. Cut the rounds out of the dough to a generous depth of about 5cm by pressing down on the cutter, don’t twist. Finally serve the scones warm with lashings of Cornish clotted cream and jam and a teapot filled with the finest Cornish brew. And for the perfect finishing touches, a view of the beautiful Cornish coastline whilst breathing in the Cornish sea air is a must!”

Jam or cream first & what about other servings?
Jam or cream first & what about other servings?

Think of India vs Pakistan in the cricket, Coca Cola vs Pepsi, Celtic vs Rangers in football or McDonald’s vs Burger King, the rivalry between Cornwall and Devon over their cream teas is one for the ages. 

 Cream tea has been served in the UK since the 11th century and the debate over whether the jam or the cream be spread first has raged ever since.

Our Exec Head Chef Darren has his say
Our Exec Head Chef Darren has his say

Our Exec Head Chef Darren has his say and suggested that you could even be creative with your toppings: “That debate is one for magazines (and food marketing companies) to continue to drool over, but as a good Cornish boy, I’m going for a generous smear of jam followed by an almost indecent dollop of good clotted cream on top, though why not cream-jam-cream and blow the debate wide open!”

Sarah, who runs the food blog Life In Full Flavour, told us how she likes to serve her Cornish scones: “When it comes to serving, it's got to be strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream (in that order!) which is the ultimate way to enjoy your Cornish scone. Add a cup of tea - for me, it has to be tea - and that's heavenly.”

Cornish Hampers also feel that the Cornish way of spreading jam first is their favourite: “Warm, light fluffy scones, generous in size, served with local Cornish Boddington’s fruity strawberry jam, Rodda’s clotted cream and Cornish Smugglers Brew tea are essential ingredients for the perfect cream tea.”

Other toppings for your Cornish Scones

As well as the traditional jam and cream, there are plenty of other toppings that you can try with your scones as our chef Darren explains: “Added to that, the scone is about the best vehicle for all manner of treats. Why stop with jam and cream? How about Nutella, or a good blue cheese, the possibilities are endless!”

Below is a list of other potential toppings you can try with your Cornish scone:

Blue cheese
Fresh fruit such as blueberries or strawberries
Lemon curd
Plain honey
Scrambled egg

What makes a Cornish cream tea so special?
What makes a Cornish cream tea so special?

So, what is all the fuss about Cornish cream tea and why should you try it when you come and enjoy afternoon tea in Falmouth?

Put simply, no trip to Cornwall is complete without indulging in a Cornish cream tea, whether you enjoy it on the coast, on the moors or in the valleys, it is the perfect treat for any occasion.

We asked our Exec Head Chef Darren why people need to try a Cornish cream tea: “A cream tea has been the bedrock of Cornish afternoon indulgence for as long as anyone can remember. Many holiday day trips have been saved by a warm cream-laden scone, and if you’re stepping off the beach and feeling ravenous, it’s the greatest afternoon snack. Also, let’s face it, the scone is very adaptable: it’s not seasonal, it doesn’t matter what the weather’s doing, it’s widely available at a high standard across Cornwall and it’s usually on your table very soon after you order.”

Lisa from Scoop of Cornwall tells us why she’d recommend people visiting the county to try this popular treat.

 “I’d recommend everyone try a Cornish scone when visiting, they’re the perfect afternoon snack when exploring the county - just make sure you’re sticking by the Cornish tradition of jam first! 

 “For me, a Cornish cream tea should be enjoyed with a pot of Tregothnan’s loose leaf tea, with a side of sea views. With the number of breathtaking destinations Cornwall has to offer, you won’t be short of scenic spots to choose from!”

Sarah from Life in Full Flavour adds that even if she tries the treat when she is not in the county it brings back happy memories for her.

“Cornish scones are synonymous with a trip to Cornwall and even when you're not there, they can conjure up memories of the beautiful scenery, picturesque coasts, and of course, mouth-watering food. I love Cornish scones, they are a perfect dessert or treat in my eyes as they are not too heavy, not too light and the right level of sweetness.”

These are just some of the reasons why you should try a Cornish scone during your next visit to Cornwall and with our guide we have given you ideas about potential other toppings you can try. For articles like this, check out the blog section of our website.

Christmas Breaks in Cornwall
Christmas by the sea

Christmas Breaks in Cornwall

Christmas 2022 at 2021 prices

Enjoy Christmas 2022 at St Michaels with the ultimate festive coastal resort stay. Book now to enjoy 2021 prices.

Christmas at St Michaels inclusions
• Classic King Room (upgrades available)
• Breakfast each day, Brunch on Boxing Day
• 3-course Christmas Eve celebration meal
• Festive Christmas lunch and evening meal on Christmas Day
• 3-course Boxing Day feast
• Complimentary Health Club gym & swim
• Discounted spa use

4-night break, arriving 23 Dec, from £849pp
Stretch it out to 5 nights from £120pp

Sunday Sleepover
The perfect Sunday night treat

Sunday Sleepover

Extend your weekend with a 1-night treat, from £95 per person. Taste the best of Cornwall in Brasserie on the Bay, wind down into an incredible night of comfort in our coastal bedrooms then start the week right with a full Cornish breakfast.

Your Sunday Sleepover inclusions:
• 3-course dinner in Brasserie on the Bay

Your standard inclusions:
• Classic King Room
• Full Cornish breakfast
• Complimentary swim & gym access. Fitness and yoga classes are available for £5pp.

Room upgrades available from £10 per person per night.

Available for Sunday-night resort stays until 31 Mar 2022*

*excludes stays on 13 Feb and 20 Feb

Last Minute offers
Looking to get away last minute?

Last Minute offers

We occasionally have last minute availability for resort stays and self-catering breaks in our beach residences.


Click below to see what's currently available. 

February Half Term
Kids stay free!

February Half Term

Get away with the whole family this February Half Term for unforgettable adventures. Kids stay free and stays priced from £239*. From beach rockpooling to family swims in our Health Club pool and enjoying local activities together, there’s space to relax and lots to do. Look forward to reconnecting, feasting and soaking up the very best of Cornwall on a special family break this Half Term.

Your February Half-Term inclusions: 
• Stay in a Luxury King Room with full Cornish breakfast
• Complimentary swim & gym access. Classes are available for £5pp

*Based on a family sharing a Luxury Large King Room, kids stay free. 

Twilight Spa Break
Escape to the spa

Twilight Spa Break

Indulge with our most popular spa break. Our 2-night Twilight Spa Break available from Sun - Thu* from £219 per person. 

Your stay will include:

• 2 nights in Classic King/Twin Room
• Cornish Breakfast, in our restaurant or your room
• A Hydrothermal experience between 4-8pm on your arrival day (limited capacity)
• One 2-course dinner in Brasserie on the Bay
• Full use of Health Club gym and pool (advance booking essential)


3 Nights for the Price of 2
Be Free

3 Nights for the Price of 2

Available Nov 21-Mar 22*

Escape for a dose of coastal goodness with 3 nights for the price of 2 (blackout dates* apply). As the lines between autumn and winter blur, cozy coastal calm, fabulous Cornish food and spectacular sunsets are the order of the day. Wander down subtropical resort gardens and onto the sheltered calm sands of Gylly Beach. Take a leisurely swim in the health club, drink in ocean views over your Cornish breakfast, then head out onto beaches and coastpaths, or take a stroll into the bustling harbourside town of Falmouth.

Your 3 for 2 inclusions:
• 3-nights for the price of 2 in your selected room (excludes Saturday nights, some dates are excluded)
• Classic King/Twin Room
• Full Cornish breakfast
• Complimentary Health Club swim & gym access

* offer not available 23 Dec-1 Jan, excludes Fri/Sat

Valentine's Getaway break
Celebrate the month of love

Valentine's Getaway break

Whisk them away for a 2-night Valentine's spa break at our luxury beachside resort from £239 per person. 

Your Valentine's inclusions:
• 2-nights in a Classic King with Cornish Breakfast (upgrade to a luxury room from £25pppn)
• 3-course dinner in Brasserie on the Bay
• Hydrothermal Spa Experience
• Couples' Rhassoul mud experience

Your standard inclusions:
• Full Cornish breakfast buffet
• Swim and gym Health Club access

Tregothnan Garden Break
Private garden tour

Tregothnan Garden Break

Discover Tregothnan gardens with your own private tour and 3-night stay from £375 pp.

Your Tregothnan Garden inclusions:
• One night three-course dinner
• A Cornish cream tea
• Private Tregothnan tour (Tue-Thu only, 10am or 2pm)
• 3-hour hydrothermal spa access

Your standard inclusions:
• Classic King Room
• Full Cornish breakfast
• Complimentary swim & gym access. 

Summer at St Michaels
Hit the beach this summer

Summer at St Michaels

Enjoy summer in subtropical Cornwall

5-night stays from £619 per person
1 Jun - 30 Sep 2022

Your Endless Summer inclusions:
• 3-course dinner on your first night in the Brasserie on the Bay
• Hydrothermal Experience in the spa
• Classic King Room
• Full Cornish breakfast
• Complimentary swim & gym access in the health club

Beach Residence Offer
Free nights

Beach Residence Offer

2 nights free on 7-night Beach Residence stays

3for2 on short stays in 2 + 3 bed Beach Residences.

Take a winter break in one of our brand-new beachside self-catering apartments. Each residence is presented with their own elegant styling, with deep coastal balconies and located next to St Michaels Resort and overlooking Gylly Beach. Each stay includes discounts on dining at St Michaels plus compliementary use of the Health Club.

Cannot be used with any other offer. Stay dates until 1 Apr 2022, subject to availability at the time of booking. 3for2 on 3 night stays only and does not apply to 1-bed apartments.

1-night winter wonder
Limited edition, unlimited indulgence

1-night winter wonder

Introducing our 1-night Winter Wonders. 

Don’t let the season drag you down - indulge in a dose of warming Cornish wellness with a winter 1-night wonder in our rather special beachside resort. 

Settle in by the fire, indulge in a spot of beachside bliss and unwind in our unrivaled relaxation spaces, stuffed with cozy treats, a truly special spa and fabulous local food.

Choose your 1-night winter wonder...

Winter Wonder - Delight
From £70 per person**

• 1-night stay in Classic King/Twin room (upgrades from £10pp) 
• St Michaels Afternoon Tea
• Complimentary Health Club access for gym/swim/spa/sauna

Winter Wonder- Revive
From £85 per person

• 1-night stay in Classic King/Twin room (upgrades from £10pp) 
• 3-course dinner in Brasserie on the Bay
• Complimentary Health Club access for gym/swim/spa/sauna

Winter Wonder - Indulge
From £120 per person*

• 1-night stay in Classic King/Twin room (upgrades from £10pp) 
• 3-course dinner in Brasserie on the Bay
• 3-hour hydrothermal spa experience
• Complimentary Health Club access for gym/swim/spa/sauna

 Winter Wonders available until 31 Mar 22, subject to availability and excluding school holidays.

 *Not available Fri/Sat nights
** Sat/Sun nights only

How to make Salt Lemon Fudge

How to make Salt Lemon Fudge

Tooth-tinglingly sweet fudge is part of the rich tapestry of Cornish food and drink, but there's more to these buttery melt-in-the-mouthfuls than just a sugar-kick! Allow Head Chef Darren to guide you through the simple steps to make his Salt...
Two tasty vegan recipes

Two tasty vegan recipes

Our chefs have put together two cracking vegan recipes which are easy, quick and tasty. We tried them ourselves from our home kitchens and they're great. Tuck in!...