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Cream teas: jam or cream first?

August 20, 2013

Oxford foodies are all a twitter about whether it’s correct to put cream on your scone first or vice versa.  So great is the debate that battle lines have been drawn in the flour and the Clots are ready to sling in out against the Jammers.  But this is Oxford.  Academic rigour is therefore required.

First a history of cream teas. The name “Devonshire tea” comes from the county of Devon in England where it is a local speciality. The exact origin of “cream tea” is disputed, although there is evidence to suggest that the tradition of eating bread with cream and jam already existed at Tavistock Abbey in Devon in the 11th century.  There’s of course much more at

Qualitative and quantitative research has been proposed and the former will take place at St Giles’ Café on the afternoon of Friday September 6th where all and sundry are invited to attend.

Meanwhile quantitative research is underway at St Giles’ Café and every customer between now and then will be asked their view,

Alternatively you can enter this poll






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