Morwenstow Church, Cliff & Tearoom, Cornwall

Morwenstow church cliff tearoom Cornwall

A cream tea and stunning views in Cornwall

Morwenstow is about six miles north of Bude and within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Morwenstow church cliff tearoom Cornwall

morwenstow cornwallIt is the home of the Parish Church of St Morwenna and St John the Baptist, Morwenstow, and was also the one-time home of the eccentric vicar and poet Robert Stephen Hawker (1803–1875), the writer of Cornwall’s anthem ‘Trelawny’.

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Morwenstow church cliff tearoom Cornwall

The nearby coast is hazardous to shipping and Hawker is noted to have retrieved the bodies of drowned sailors and buried them within the parish boundaries.

Morwenstow church cliff tearoom Cornwall

There is a path that leads from the church and down to the cliff edge where the National Trust’s smallest building, “Hawker’s Hut,” can be found. This is where Hawker spent many hours in contemplation, writing poetry, and smoking his opium pipe.

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Morwenstow church cliff tearoom Cornwall

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The Rectory Tearooms, Morwenstow

The Tea Rooms opened in 1950 as a family-run business, which it still is. The family-run the Organic Farm. The tearooms offer vegetarian, gluten, wheat, and dairy-free menus. A must-try is their cream tea.

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Rectory tearoom morwenstow Cornwall Cream tea

Click here to find out up-to-date information from The Rectory Tearooms website.

Get to Morwenstow

Address: Morwenstow, Cornwall EX23 9SR
At Stratton (Bude) on A39, turn off left heading 2.5 miles (4km) north to Stibb. Pass Stowe Barton on right and drive downhill through woodland. Continue past GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) until you reach a junction. Turn left and continue following signs for Rectory Farm tea rooms.

Bus: Western Greyhound 530 from Bude.
Cornwall Cycle Route, 23 miles (37km), passes through Morwenstow


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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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1 Comment

  1. Heather Sheps

    I believe we’re related. My nana, Gladys Adams (nee Dayman) and her husband, Bernard, daughter Myrtle and her family stayed with you some time in the early 60’s. We all have such fond memories. I’ll be there next month and look forward to your Cornish cream tea.

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