Advantages Beautiful surroundings. Friendly staff. Fresh home baked food. Large portions.
Disadvantages Very difficult to reach for people with mobility problems.
Whether you’re a scone, rhyming with gone, or a scone, rhyming with bone, kind of a person the best way to eat them has to be smothered with copious amounts of strawberry jam and the freshest of clotted cream. The location to eat a cream tea is a matter of considerable importance; eat them at home and they taste ok, quite a bit better sat on a picnic rug accompanied by strawberries out in the open air, but to maximise the cream tea experience a tearoom situated in beautiful West Country surroundings is what is really needed.
**Where are they?**There’s something special about driving over the brow of the hill on the A39, as you drive between Minehead and Porlock, and suddenly Exmoor with Dunkery Beacon is on your left and Selworthy Beacon and Bossington Hill on your right. I really feel like I’ve arrived at the best place on Earth. Immediately we take a right turn up a short but very steep and narrow lane to the tiny hamlet of Selworthy. It’s no more than a ten minute drive from either Minehead or Porlock, so is easily accessable to many holiday makers. Pass by a few beautiful cottages and ahead is a church painted in brilliant white; it’s really quite unusual and can be seen from quite a distance away. There is a small carpark opposite the church, which can be used except for when services are on, but there is also a larger overflow carpark a short distance further along.
For the more energetic the tearooms lie near to where the path from Selworthy Beacon reaches the village and what better end to a walk up on the moors could there be than a stop off for tea and cake. There is a parking area at the top of the Beacon accessed by driving up North hill in Minehead that could make a good start to this walk or if you’re feeling energetic you could walk right the way from Minehead. I wouldn’t want to walk back up that hill after devouring the goodies in this tearoom though, so maybe a circular walk is best after all.The tearooms themselves are then just a short walk back towards the houses, down a steep winding path; the setting of one of life’s more embarrassing moments when I tripped over and landed on the ground. It is uneven and extremely steep so I would not recommend trying to negotiate this if mobility is very difficult, although my aunt and uncle still visited right into very old age.
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