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What goes on first – the jam or the cream?

If you’re from either Devon or Cornwall, no doubt you have strongly-held opinions about what goes first on a scone: the jam or the cream.

This is something that is drilled into you almost from birth, which is what makes it so surprising that this National Trust venue in Cornwall would get it so wrong.

The Lanhydrock National Trust Facebook page posted a picture advertising its Mother’s Day afternoon tea with a scone that was covered in a layer of cream first, followed by jam.

As you can imagine, there was suitable outrage at this blunder. In Cornwall, the tradition is to place the jam first, followed by the cream. The picture below showed by Lanhydrock is firmly the Devon way of doing things.

They have subsequently issued an apology on their facebook page, and added an alternative image:

We’d like to sincerely apologise for any offence caused by a recent scone-shot shown on the page. The member of staff responsible has been reprimanded and marched back over the Tamar. We’d like to reassure our Cornish community that our catering team would never make such a heinous mistake and that our jam and cream are usually served in little pots so the order of their application is not subject to such appalling error. Rest assured, your mothers are safe here.

The baffling question has had Devon and Cornwall at loggerheads for decades … which do you put on your scone first … the jam or the cream to make the perfect afternoon tea?

Does it matter to you? Is it a personal preference or is there a correct way to prepare and serve a scone? Are you team Devon or team Cornwall?

What goes on first - the jam or the cream?

200 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Jam first Cream first

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Gilldee
22nd Jun 2018
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Each To Their Own as long as it goes in my mouth and taste yummi I do not care
Denys1954
13th May 2018
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Jam every time, then take the cream and throw it in the bin, sorry I can't stand the stuff.
MarionE6
12th May 2018
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Have you ever tried to spread cream on top of jam??
dowser
6th May 2018
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Personally, I don't mind which way round it goes. In fact, I usually have one scone with the jam first and the second with the cream on first thus being neutral to both warring factions.
I live in London and feel I am quite versatile in trying both ways.
I find both ways delicious and satisfying.
bobmcd
21st Mar 2018
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It all depends if you are putting butter on the scone first, then it has to be jam next and cream last!
MrsPat
20th Mar 2018
1
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Butter, Jam and cream in that order
AnnM341
19th Mar 2018
1
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Jam first then cream! But does it really matter as long as it’s scrummy!
jeaniembe
16th Mar 2018
1
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Depends if you sandwich the scone together. One side cream and one side jam. Put them together and put on the plate with either the jam or cream side up. Tastes the same.
Kes
14th Mar 2018
2
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The jam keeps it all together, but the cream on top has to be clotted, naturally.
fluffykins
14th Mar 2018
2
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Jam first in Yorkshire!!
Alicia
14th Mar 2018
2
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Jam goes on first then cream 🙂
SteveB2
14th Mar 2018
3
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Definitely jam first. If you put the cream on first and then try to spread the jam it makes a mess.
Vivsteve39
13th Mar 2018
2
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No debate necessary- Cornish way the only way!
devi53
13th Mar 2018
3
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The cream is a butter substitute, therefore goes on scone first. You wouldn't put jam, then butter on, would you??! Just logic..;-)
devi53
13th Mar 2018
1
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Or cream on one half & jam on t'other??
LauraH
13th Mar 2018
1
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No question in my mind
toi toi
13th Mar 2018
1
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It is easier to put the jam on first. One thing we noticed on our last trip to Devon was that the scones were served warm. We prefer them cold but I guess a lot of them will have been frozen.
Annieoakley
13th Mar 2018
3
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Jam first then cream everytime !
CarolineT6
13th Mar 2018
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I live in Cornwall and as I'm not a native, if I don't vote jam first, cream on top I'm likely to be excommunicated. However, and possibly luckily, I do prefer that way.
kentrix39
13th Mar 2018
3
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It is almost impossible to spread the jam on top of the cream. Two different materials the jam just slides off all over the place. Not that it matters all that much up to the individual really.
ArchieUK
13th Mar 2018
2
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In my part of the UK you just cut a scone in two but butter on it eat it and enjoy it, what a load of rubbish.
Marley444
13th Mar 2018
2
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I am not really that fussy and also it depends on the heaviness of the cream ... if it real clotted cream I would put it on first, in place of butter ... however, if it's fluffy whipped cream, I may well put it on top. As long as there are both, I am happy to eat it any which way!
CaroleAH
12th Mar 2018
3
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I don't like cream so it's jam followed by more jam for me! 🙂
Wilf
12th Mar 2018
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Cream of course ??? How on earth can the Jam go on first I am in my 60s and been all over the west country in fact I lived there for 6 months and I have never ever seen a scone with jam and then cream? What is this some new fangled fashion-Jam then Cream. No wonder we lost the British Empire! The country is going to the dogs! 🙂
linj
13th Mar 2018
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Sorry Wilf. Lived in Devon/Cornwall for seven years, only ever seen the jam go on first. Delicious whichever way you prefer though. Best scones I had were at Lanhydrock so they are forgiven.
Wilf
13th Mar 2018
1
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Really Jam first? I must have been living in a parallel universe or I am completly stupid! Both are possible!
linj
13th Mar 2018
3
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Whichever way you prefer is okay with me Wilf. Just enjoy. Yum yum.
Margaret Hart
12th Mar 2018
3
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For me it’s always jam first as it is the stronger of the two and can easily take the weight of the cream without squashing anything else.
Yodama
12th Mar 2018
3
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I shudder in horror at the very thought of putting a dollop of jam on top of the cream. Uncivilized behaviour I call this!
Could have you thrown out and banned for life from every establishment where the correct protocols and conventions are not observed.
After all, the Lilliputians went to war over whether to open an egg on the round side rather than the pointed side.
Beware....
jeanmark
12th Mar 2018
6
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As long as I get the scone, jam and cream I'm not worried which goes on first!
MrsPat
20th Mar 2018
1
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