Saturday, 13 June 2009

Cream tea triumph for Otterton Mill

“Enticing beaches, stunning moorland, great pubs… not to mention fantastic sea-food and, of course, the ubiquitous cream tea!”

Those are the main attractions that make Devon and Cornwall the happiest region of Britain and contribute to the wellbeing of residents according to travel guide publisher DK Travel. The firm has just published its first ever regional guide to the UK based on a YouGov survey it commissioned. Photo credit: Otterton Mill

And Budleigh can count itself particularly fortunate, having the top place for cream tea on its doorstep. The “fine organic scones” made in Otterton’s ancient mill were singled out for particular praise.

Owners of Otterton Mill Simon and Caroline Spiller, who live in Budleigh, are naturally delighted with the survey’s results.

Nearly a quarter (24%) of respondents in the West Country rated their ‘overall happiness in life’ as ‘very good’, compared to the survey’s national average of just 15%. A further 44% A further 44% rated their ‘overall happiness’ as ‘good’, making the region the happiest in Great Britain.

“When you look at what Devon and Cornwall have to offer, it’s not really surprising that the people who live there are pretty satisfied with life,” says DK Travel Publisher Douglas Amrine.

Two other places near Budleigh make it to the top 10 list, including Southern Cross in Newton Poppleford – “A walled garden provides the perfect setting for tea” – and the Georgian Tea Room & Restaurant in Topsham , praised for its selection of home-made cakes.
Above: The "ubiquitous cream tea"
Photo credit: Georgian Tea Room.

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