Jam or cream, ‘scgone’ or ‘scone’

A cream tea is a type of a British afternoon light meal. It sounds simple enough, but the difference between a Devon cream tea and a Cornish cream tea can cause massive arguments.

It’s amazing that a simple ‘what comes first?’ question about having jam and cream on a scone could be so troublesome.

Add in the debate of whether it’s is scone or scone, and it is war.

How do you say ‘scone’?

So, does scone rhythm with ‘bone’, or ‘gone’, and what goes on first, the cream or the jam?

In October YouGov released the results of research into finding the answers to these questions out once and for all. Perhaps.

It found that most Britons (51%) pronounce scone to rhyme with “gone”, with around four in ten (42%) rhyming it with “bone.”

Yes, some people said that they don’t know how they pronounce scone.

A divided country

Those living in the North (60%) and Scotland (80%) overwhelmingly use the “gone” pronunciation. Those in the Midlands (56%) and London (50%) are much more likely to go with the “bone” option.

But what about the cream/jam problem?

Jam first was the overwhelming favourite. Around six in ten (61%) add the sweet stuff first.

Just one in five (21%) put the cream on before putting on the jam.

But which way is the Devon way? My first guest on this week’s show, Alex Graeme from Unique Devon Tours, educates us on how to add jam and cream to a scone.

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