Nothing says summer like a scone, jam and cream. Here’s our pick of the region’s best 

1 The Butterfly & the Pig Tea Rooms, Glasgow

This tea room is almost as famous for its cups as its cakes. Enter the retro dining room and you’ll be amazed by the cornucopia of crockery. The Antique’s Roadshow team could spend days examining the mismatched china tea sets and vintage furniture. A cream tea for two costs just £8.95 and includes a pot of tea, two scones, cream and jams. What’s more, if you don’t choose a speciality tea, you can get a free refill. However, if you do want something fancier, the afternoon tea (£12.50) features Scottish salmon and oatcakes. Just make sure you book in advance, as this place is packed on a rainy Glasgow afternoon.

Does ‘homemade’ mean homemade?

Everything from the scones to the jam and the clotted cream is made in house. As well as traditional fare, expect blueberry scones. The chefs source ingredients from the local market, resulting in unusual jam varieties like rhubarb and ginger.

2 Cuthbert’s Bakehouse, Liverpool

With its china crockery, a dresser piled high with cake stands and bunting in the windows, this indie, vintage haven looks like Cath Kidston: The Bakery. It’s reasonably priced, too with the cream tea costing £5 per person. Alternatively, you might want to indulge in the New Yorker Afternoon Tea (£13), complete with the bakery’s famous red velvet cupcake.

Does ‘homemade’ mean homemade?

Cuthbert’s fresh cream scones are baked daily on the premises. They’re bigger than average and are filled with homemade jam and clotted cream.

3 Bettys, Northallerton

Queues stretch along Parliament Street in Harrogate for this Northern institution which first opened its doors in 1919. Thankfully, it has expanded to include branches in Northallerton and York. Try the famous cream teas for £9.25. The Northallerton branch has won the Tea Guild’s award for Top Tea Place, and it even boasts a ‘newfangled’ coffee lounge.

Does ‘homemade’ mean homemade?

This is a traditional Yorkshire cream tea, so expect your homemade scone to be filled with sultanas and served with strawberry jam plus Yorkshire clotted cream, which is made exclusively for Bettys.

4 Richmond Tea Room, Manchester

The Richmond Tea Room’s OTT decor is inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland. You can take four different afternoon teas – Richmond Tea, Queen’s Tea, Hatter’s Tea and Alice’s Tea. The latter is the standard cream tea and costs £6.50, while £23.50 will get you the luxurious Richmond Tea with its selection of cakes, pastries, quiche and a glass of Prosecco.

Does ‘homemade’ mean homemade?
While the fruit scone is homemade, the clotted cream is Cornish and the jam is made by traditional preserves company,

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