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Jam or cream first? Suffolk votes for the perfect cream tea method

The Suffolk way...jam first Credit: PA

The perfect cream tea - we know the traditional Devon way is to spread cream on a scone before adding jam, but in Cornwall, it's jam first.

Apparently, the Suffolk way is also jam before cream. Over 300 locals voted on social media and jam before a dollop of cream turned out to be almost three times as popular as cream first.

Food firm Stokes Sauces’ ran a poll on Facebook and Twitter - the traditional Cornish way was almost three times as popular with Suffolk voters than the alternative Devon method of cream followed by jam.

The poll created much debate online.

“Jam first, it’s easier to spread the cream on top,” one resident said.

Another explained how they make their scones extra special. “Cut them in half, jam first, cream on the top," they said. "Slide some fresh strawberries on top of the cream. Lovely. That’s the way we like them. Naughty but nice.”

However, some couldn’t make up their mind. “The Suffolk way should be quite balanced," one resident advised. "A large warm scone cut in half, one half with Suffolk cream first and then the Suffolk jam, the other half with the Suffolk jam and then the Suffolk cream… creating perfect balance and #thebestofbothworlds.”