Police officers ‘banished’ to Devon after cream tea blunder

Two Cornwall Police officers are being ‘transferred’ to Devon after committing the most cardinal of Cornish sins – putting cream first on their scones.

The cream tea debate over whether jam or cream goes first in a scone was recently settled when the Queen’s former chef revealed that Her Majesty puts jam first on her scones, however it seems these two police officers didn’t get the memo.

In a tweet, Police Inspector Guy Blackford, inspector for Newquay and St Austell Major, said he had treated his team to a cream tea as a reward for their good work.

He wrote: “Treated Newquay Response and Police Newquay to a cream tea for their good work and this happens twice. Two officers are now transferring to Devon”.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police, using the Newquay Police Response twitter account, had a different take on the incident, retweeting Insp Blackford’s tweet with the caption “Diversity in the workplace! They both taste good!”.

What’s the correct way of making a cream tea scone?

There’s been a long-running argument between Devon and Cornwall over the correct way to make a cream tea. In Devon, it seems the preference is cream first although no one in Cornwall can quite understand why.

On the other side of the Tamar, in Cornwall, the method used is jam first.

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The jam first method recently won a seal of approval from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II when it was revealed by her former chef that The Queen has her cream tea in the same way the Cornish do.

Darren McGrady, who served the Queen for 15 years, travelling the world alongside Her Majesty and feeding some of the most important people on the planet revealed what Her Majesty ate on a daily basis.

In his book “Eating Royally, Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen” he revealed what the Queen enjoyed eating, and also revealed afternoon tea usually involves a cream tea.

He wrote: “Afternoon tea is usually scones, cream, and jam, and she puts jam on first”.

He previously said on Twitter that it was always jam first at Buckingham Palace garden parties, writing in 2018: “Jam first or clotted cream first? Jam first at Buckingham Palace garden parties!”

Cornwall Live