National Trust named in Lonely Planet's Ultimate Eatlist

Freshly baked scones at the National Trust
Published : 17 Aug 2018 Last update : 15 Jul 2020

Enjoying a cream tea in an English country garden has been named one of the top culinary experiences in the world, by world-leading travel authority, Lonely Planet. Just 29 experiences across the UK and Ireland made the Ultimate Eatlist, which is Lonely Planet’s pick of the top 500 food experiences around the world. Cream tea in an English country garden ranked at #100, with the National Trust called out in particular for its “exceptional cream teas”.

Tucking into a scone is an essential part of the National Trust experience. Whether visitors want theirs with a view, at an off-grid café in Yorkshire or looking out over a British landmark, the National Trust has more than 300 cafés in amazing settings across England, Wales and Northern Ireland . 

With so many places to choose from, it is hard to single out just one. However, the Lonely Planet Ultimate Eatlist has rated Peckover House in Cambridgeshire for its ‘spectacular’ scones, which are served in an old reed barn, near a walled garden.

" I’m delighted that the National Trust has been recognised as the ideal setting to enjoy one of the world’s best food experiences. Whether you enjoy your scone with jam first, or cream first, food is a key part of a visit to the National Trust. It brings family and friends together and generates vital funds to look after the places in our care."
- Matt Drew, Head of Food & Beverage

Matt, also added ‘At the National Trust we believe that food cooked from scratch, using seasonal ingredients is tastier and better for the environment, which is why the majority of our menus feature food that is made and baked fresh each day.’

‘Our menus are heavily influenced by local, seasonal produce, often using ingredients grown at the property - or inspired by its history and people.’

In 2017 more than 2 million scones and cream teas were sold at National Trust properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Now that the ideal place to enjoy a cream tea has been identified, it’s just down to personal preference whether it’s jam or cream first.