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Savoury Tea Otter Vale

Savoury Afternoon Tea

If you love afternoon tea but you’re not always in the mood for something sweet, then you’ll probably enjoy this next recipe…

On a recent trip to Otter Nurseries I opted to try one of their legendary ‘Savoury Teas’. It’s a freshly made cheese scone served alongside a wedge of mature cheddar cheese, red grapes and a healthy dollop of Otter Vale’s Devon Fire Chutney. Now this might not sound particularly special but trust me, it is. I could polish off one of these plates in about 30 seconds flat – if social decorum didn’t dictate that scoffing your food is unacceptable in public -and  there’s something about that fiery kick of the Devon Fire chutney that is really very addictive. Needless to say, I had to recreate the recipe at home. So without further ado, here is my quick and easy guide to putting together your own afternoon Savoury Tea – enjoy!

You will Need

For the Scones:

225g/8oz self raising flour

pinch of salt

55g butter

40g mature cheddar cheese, grated

150ml milk


Handful of Grapes

1 Apple

Otter Vale Devon Fire Chutney

Quickes Mature Cheddar Cheese

Savoury Tea Otter Vale


  1. Heat your oven to 220C/ and lightly grease a baking tray.

  2. Combine the flour and salt together and  gently rub in the butter.

  3. Stir in the majority of the grated cheese and add the milk to create a soft dough.

  4. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead lightly. Roll out the dough until it is approximately 2cm thick then use a 5cm cutter to stamp out rounds and transfer them to the baking tray.

  5. Add a little cheese to the top of each scone and bake them for 12-15 minutes until well risen and golden.

  6. Allow time to cool on a wire rack.

  7. Once cool, assemble all of your components together and serve with a good helping of chutney (we used Otter Vale’s Devon Fire because it goes beautifully with cheese and grapes).
  8. Serve with a pot of your favourite loose leaf tea!

If you try making your own savoury tea let us know what you thought!

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