Cream tea wars

June 3, 2011


I spotted this interesting article about protected designation of origin regarding ‘Devon Cream Teas’.

protected designation of origin, devon cream tea

Just some of the many British foods given protected designation of origin status

Will it make much difference? I recall the uproar (we;ll the closest Brits come to an uproar) caused when Cornish Pasties were awarded PDO status. Would it be kosher to serve a Devon Cream Tea with Ceylon tea and Cornish Clotted cream? Where will it end?

In theory I think it’s no bad thing to offer protection to local manufacturers but in practice, it’s a bit bureaucratic and European for my liking. Very unlike English cream teas, in fact…