Train company reignites jam first debate on National Cream Tea Day

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Train company reignites jam first debate on National Cream Tea Day

Published at 12:22pm 26th June 2020. (Updated at 12:42pm 26th June 2020)

It's National Cream Tea Day so of course people are arguing about the right way to put jam and cream on scones.

Train operator Great Western Railway has reignited the age-old debate by asking customers whether they prefer devouring them the Devon way – cream first, then jam – or the Cornish way – jam first, then cream.

Cream tea has been served in the UK since the 11th century and debate has long raged about the correct order to spread the scone’s traditional toppings.

The Queen reportedly favours the Cornish way but GWR is running a poll on its social media channels to discover what whets customers’ appetites the most.

GWR’s Head of Communications Dan Panes said: “It’s a debate I’m certainly not qualified to settle but we thought a poll on our social media channels would be a fun way of marking National Cream Tea Day.”

You can take part in the Great Scone Debate on Twitter @GWRHelp, on Facebook @gwruk and on Instagram @gwruk

Also being held today to bring people together, is Marie Curie’s famous Blooming Great Tea Party.

The end of life care charity is encouraging people to either hold small tea parties (following guidelines) or even better hold a Blooming Virtual Tea Party by getting friends, family or colleagues together on Zoom, Skype or Houseparty apps.

As a bonus, if you do it virtually, you don’t have to share your cakes!

You can register as a Blooming Great Tea Party host by visiting: for a fundraising pack full of recipes, activities (including a baking related quiz) and fundraising ideas.

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