By Helen Shingler:
If you fancy a little drive out from Bude for a change with friends, but the males want a pint and the females prefer a cream tea, then Morwenstow is an excellent choice! Although I live locally this is only the second time I have actually had a cream tea at the Rectory Tea Rooms but I knew that it was the perfect destination with the Bush Inn handy for the men and my friend liking old churches, churchyards (and cream teas) so it was a no brainer to head for Morwenstow!
Everyone was happy with the choice and the wonderful weather added to the enjoyment as my friend and I were able to sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy our cream tea! The homemade scones were delicious topped with ‘bumbleberry’ jam (mixed berries) and of course Rodda’s clotted cream. There is something special about using pretty bone china cups and saucers with a cute teapot that adds to the whole experience! I can highly recommend the cream tea and the service was good too!
Take a look around the atmospheric churchyard of St Morwenna and St John the Baptist, which is just opposite the Rectory Tea Rooms. The church, unfortunately, was not open when we visited but the churchyard was a mass of whitebells, wild garlic and bluebells! The scent was ‘divine’ and the appearance charmingly overgrown with so many interesting gravestones to read. We collected the men after their liquid refreshment at the Bush Inn which is a great little pub (hardly little anymore with the extension). The pub has an interesting history and is well worth a visit, too!