Children’s charity asks age old question: which is best, Devon on Cornish Cream Tea? | Action Medical Research

Children’s charity asks age old question: which is best, Devon on Cornish Cream Tea?

23 May 2014

A UK children’s charity is calling on the nation to vote once and for all on the age-old question: which cream tea style is best, Devon or Cornish? Over 200 people have already entered the poll and the charity is calling on the nation to vote now to settle the well-known dispute. Visit to cast your vote now.

The poll coincides with Action Medical Research offering traditional cream teas in a box and delivering them to homes and workplaces throughout the land on Thursday 19 June. Hailed by previous customers as the “perfect treat in a box”, the organisers are urging all to treat themselves and indulge in an Action Cream Tea.

Schedule in that well deserved tea break to bond with family, friends and colleagues over a brew whilst doing your bit to help sick babies and children. Order online by Friday 6 June 2014 at

This important and truly scrumptious annual fundraiser for the charity, represents the Best of British; providing freshly baked scones and luxury products to guarantee the taste buds will tingle. Each Action Cream Tea box contains: Two freshly baked scones, Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream, fresh strawberries, two small jars of strawberry jam from Tiptree, wrapped Yorkshire teabag, knife and serviette. Minimum order of 10, £6 per box, delivered by Parcelforce.

Our friends at Roddas have engaged a mathematics professor to investigate the perfect cream tea. The results are intriguing. Here are Dr Cheng's top four findings from his "perfect cream tea" research:

1. Clotted cream is better than whipped cream, primarily due to the excessive volume size of whipped cream required.
2. The total thickness of the scone, with all its elements, should be around 2.8cm. This provides a relaxed open width of the mouth.
3. Jam, due to its density, needs to be spread prior to the application of the clotted cream. Putting it on after the cream may cause the jam to run off – creating sticky fingers.
4. The thickness of the cream should also not be thicker than the scone, as the scone will become off balance whilst trying to eat it.

You can read the full scientific account at the Roddas website.

British celebrity chef Lesley Waters is this year supporting the Action Cream Teas. Well-known for her regular television appearances on Ready Steady Cook, Great Food Live and This Morning, Lesley is also a former Head Tutor of Leith's School of Food & Wine, author of several cookery books, a qualified Fitness Instructor and a mother of two!

Watch Lesley in the Action Cream Tea video here

Today in the UK, there are hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled children who need help and research is the key to saving many of these children from a lifetime of suffering. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded. Action Medical Research is currently funding work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research.

We want to make a difference in:
tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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