Grew up in Cornwall, Gran lives on Exmoor, Somerset. Was basically weaned straight onto cream teas. Never been bothered about the scone/s-gone debate, they taste the same whichever way you say it, scones have to be large and fresh, ideally home made and still warm, falling apart is acceptable as long as they taste fine, most shop bought ones are too salty, some butter is fine, lightly spread, (marg is not acceptable) the highest quality strawberry jam is correct, other very high quality jams are also acceptable (especially if home made) but not correct. Jam must
go on first, purely so you can maximise the amount of finest quality Roddas
clotted cream. The height of combined cream/jam/butter/scone tower should be too high to fit in mouth without making a big mess on your upper lip. If you don't feel full and slightly sick after eating your two halves, either the scones weren't big enough or you didn't put enough cream on.
If any heathen ever tries to serve me any double/whipped/squirty cream nonsense they'll be fucking hell to pay. Been known to reject called 'cream teas' back when they don't meet regulations. Fucking heathens.
Tea rooms/gardens that still do it properly are dying out in place ones that serve mini pots of jam and sachets of cream, there are some classic places still available, though I've yet to find one that quite matches the legendary status of the long gone Lee Bay tea garden which served teas on massive trays with mountains of clotted cream and jam and after a long day on the beach it was a regular (successful!) challenge for our extended family of 15+ to clear everything.