Holiday scones

Last week I tootled off to Scotland’s peaceful south-west with the delightful assistants for a little holiday.

Purely for scientific reasons (although what they were I couldn’t say), I gave myself the challenge of having a scone in a different tearoom every day. What follows is the photographic evidence of my work.

On our way south, we stopped at Le Jardin Cafe near Kinross. There was an excellent choice of scones, and I plumped for a plain one.

The scone was delightful, but the jam was outstanding. We were brought two different jams: mixed berry and apple, and apple and plum, and both were extremely good. This is not the best photograph of a scone, but I’ve included it because there’s a little pot of jam in the background.

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Saturday at Le Jardin Cafe – a plain scone with excellent jam

The next day, settled in nicely at our holiday cottage, we went to the beautiful Logan Botanic Gardens, where we had both morning tea and luncheon in the Potting Shed Bistro.

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Sunday at Logan Botanic Gardens – a fruit scone

The following day we visited Wigtown, known as Scotland’s Book Town for all the bookshops it contains, and called in at Cafe Rendezvous for our morning snacks.

It’s very nice when your expectations are exceeded, and such was the case with my scone at Cafe Rendezvous.

The scone was not only somewhat on the small side, but looked to me as if it might be lacking any great taste sensation. How wrong I was, it was a triumph!

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Monday at Cafe Rendezvous, Wigtown – a fruit scone

Tuesday’s scone was provided by the Pilgrim Tearoom in Whithorn. There were two scone choices, I think one was plain (it might have been fruit) and the other was treacle. I chose the treacle.

When you’ve had a particularly good scone experience one day, it  does make you wonder what the next one might be like. Again, my expectations were low, and again they were exceeded. What a happy set of circumstances.

The scones were so good that we returned to the same place for lunch, and I daresay I’ll be doing a separate post about that anon.

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Tuesday at the Pilgrim Tearoom – a treacle scone

Wednesday, the middle of the week, was a red letter day. We went to one of my very favourite tearooms anywhere in the world, Kitty’s in New Galloway (a post will follow about that too, no doubt).

We went there for the first part of our lunch and, after a walk to work up our appetites between courses, returned for sweet treats.

The many exquisite cakes on offer at Kitty’s made choosing what to have very difficult, but I was lured in by the prospect of a cream scone. It was served with an excellent full-bodied English Breakfast leaf tea.

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Wednesday at Kitty’s Tearoom – a plain scone with cream and jam

Topping Kitty’s would be very difficult and indeed it didn’t happen. Thursday’s scone was taken at the Seasons Tearoom in Dunskey Gardens, where we met up with various other family members. The company on this occasion was what mattered more than the comestibles.

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Thursday at the Seasons Tearoom – a fruit scone

The joy of Friday was that we went to a tearoom we’d never been to before, Granny’s Kitchen in Newton Stewart, where there were several flavours of scone on offer.

I delighted in choosing the unusual coconut scone, one that I’ve rarely seen in tearooms. It was a top class confection.

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Friday at Granny’s Kitchen – a coconut scone

Last year when I was in Galloway, I had a truly magnificent scone at the Woodlea Tearoom in Sandhead and I had been dreaming about having another one there.

On the last day of my holiday my dream came true. Just look at the stretch on this beauty:

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Saturday at Woodlea Tearoom – a fruit scone

Thank you to all of the wonderful Galloway tearooms that provided me with opportunities to conduct my work, it was a most enjoyable task.

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44 thoughts on “Holiday scones

  1. That’s an awful lot of scones! Who would have thought that you could find so many different looking, yet delicious scones on one trip. Wish I had some in the house now!

    • If you were prepared to put in the leg work I’m sure you could taste a different scone every day in Scottish tearooms for years on end, but you might get a bit sick of them after a while. I must admit, after posting the picture of the coconut scone I had a strong yearning for one. I might have to get the flour out…

  2. Treacle scones, wow! I do like that idea. I may have to follow your lead and do this on my next UK Holiday!

  3. A truly delicious scone degustation of sorts! I’ve no doubt that you’ll enjoy trying to recreate some of those delicious varieties for us, I vote for the treacle scone myself!

    Glad to hear your holidays have been filled with delicious good food!

  4. Ann

    I so enjoyed reading about your scone tasting and wondered if you would consider posting some recipes. I live in a land where scones are rarely available in restaurants but would love to try making some myself. Thanks.

    • Thank you, I’m very sorry to hear that scones aren’t freely available where you are and I will endeavour to post a scone recipe in the near future. Once you get the hang of them they’re quick and easy to make. :-)

  5. I’m sitting here positively drooling at the sight of all those delicious scones. Needless to say there are none in the house and no immediate prospect of any appearing. I’ll say this for you Lorna – you certainly know how to track down a decent scone!

    • I’m sorry to tempt you with them, I understand the problem because I was yearning for scones myself as I looked through my photos. I must say, it’s not difficult to track down a decent scone in this country, we’re very lucky.

  6. Wow, what a heavenly holiday experience! I don’t know which I would choose, from your photos! The treacle scone looks very tempting, as does the Woodlea Tearoom one. It sounds as if you had a wonderful time and saw some great places and tearooms! I think your scientific research should be continued! I look forward to hearing some more. (Great photos too, by the way!)

    • The treacle seems to be a popular one, and I must say it was jolly tasty. Thank you for your encouragement, Jo, I will do my best to keep on munching my way through the nation’s scones.

  7. Exquisite torture! I gained a pound just looking at the pictures. Wish I could make a scone like the Woodlea Tearoom example,..hint, hint. How do they get that stretch?

    • I wish I knew how they did it. I’ve made a lot of scones but never one that tasted quite like the Woodlea one. However, I’ll keep trying and if I find out I’ll post the results here. My best results with stretch have come with cheese scones, which have a higher fat content than others, but how they do this with fruit ones I’m not sure. I might try upping the fat next time I make fruit scones just to see what happens. It might also be to do with the raising agent. Experimentation is obviously required.

  8. sconetastic and the coffee in the opening shot looks very posh – I shall have to treat myself to some Taylor’s – Italian coffee

    • That’s the word for it, Scott – sconetastic! The coffee was nice, and I assume it was Matthew Algie since it came in that cup, although I can’t be sure. Taylors coffee is very good although the Italian is a little strong for me. I like their Lazy Sunday, which is half decaf and very smooth.

  9. How delightful to read your blog again! Glad you enjoyed those delicious scones:-)

  10. Scotland by scone… a great way to see your country! The more I see of your Celtic confections the more I want to spend some quality time north of the border. (On which subject self and daughter are planning a trip up the west coast to Cape Wrath in a camper van… we just need to convince the other 50% of the tribe :-))

    • What a brilliant title for a book – “Scotland by scone”, someone really ought to write it. I think your holiday idea is a wonderful one. My parents had a succession of campervans as I was growing up and took us up to the north coast, although not to Cape Wrath. I’d love to go there and probably with the winds you won’t have too much trouble with midges, but for your route further south I would recommend taking some midge repellant and some of those coils that you burn. Perhaps the only benefit of being a smoker would be that you’d repel midges with your habit. Those coils do the same job though, with a much lower risk to your health.

      • Thanks for the tip Lorna. Whan is the midge season?

        • I think it’s worst in the summer, particularly when it’s wet. They’re far more prevalent on the west coast, presumably because of the damper climate. A warm, damp, still day would be ideal conditions for them, but if you’re near the coast and there’s a good breeze that often keeps them away. I’ve been eaten alive by them in a number of places, they like boggy areas and if you’re camping in that sort of environment it can be somewhat trying. I remember squishing dozens of them crawling inside the windows of the campervan when I was a tot. I don’t normally like killing things, but I’m afraid midges really push their luck. It’s a pity because they’re actually quite attractive little beasts with their tiny stripy wings. I don’t know where it’s gone now but I used to have a very interesting and amusing book about them called Midges in Scotland.

  11. Definitely a busman’s holiday, but an appetising one. I was at the Logan Botanical Gardens many years ago but we bought some lovely pink nerines instead of scones. I remember the gardens every autumn when they appear. :)

    • You’re quite right, a busman’s holiday it was, but most enjoyable. Logan Gardens are beautiful, aren’t they? If you go again, I can heartily recommend the Potting Shed Bistro, where I had a truly delicious bowl of lentil soup, as well as some other tasty treats.

  12. Mmmm. Treeeeeeeeacle! :) Such dedication to one’s work is rare!

    • I’m gratified that you appreciate the dedication, it makes my industry seem all the more worthwhile, thank you. I’m beginning to think I should make some treacle scones.

  13. Wow! I am salivating at the sight of those delicious looking scones. I will now go and make some to satisfy my craving although I am sure the scones will come nowhere near the standard of those beauties you have pictured here.

  14. Sounds like a wonderful holiday, I mean research trip. I woudl love to visit Wigtown, Scotland’s Book Town . I would be in heaven I’m sure. The coconut scone sounded especially good to me. Can’t wait to read more about this trip.

    • You would love Wigtown, Darlene, I’m sure. There’s a bookshop for everyone, including the Box of Frogs, which is a really good children’s bookshop with loads of lovely old classics as well as more modern books. Your Amanda books would nestle very happily on those shelves. That coconut scone was better than it looked, I couldn’t do it justice with the photograph, and it was amazingly light and fluffy. Delicious!

  15. Fancy a cream tea myself now

  16. This was a bad post to read in the morning — now I’m going to be craving scones all day!

  17. I need to get a research gig like this. I’m sure that I have the Right Stuff. That last scone w/ the fruit popping out and the way it puffed up while it baked…sigh.

    • You definitely have the Right Stuff. That last one has a wonderful bready appearance, doesn’t it? That’s what I look for in a fruit scone, plenty of nice juicy fruit (the raisins in that scone were huge) and a nice bit of dough stretch.

  18. A scone in a different tea room every day? You sure know how to take a holiday. YUM! :0)

    • I wouldn’t go so far as to say that a holiday without scones wouldn’t be a proper holiday, but they certainly add a special something to a vacation.

  19. All I can say is “wow” and that I am now craving scones… the “stretch” on the Woodlea tearoom scone is gorgeous…the cream scone so enticing. Really…wish I had one right now…you do know how to travel right!!!!

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