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The great scone debate SOLVED: Brits prefer jam before cream, survey shows

  • Just 25 per cent of Brits believe the cream should go on first, as per a new survey
  • According to a survey of 2,000 Brits across the country, 52 per cent say jam
  • On pronunciation, 56 per cent of Britons insist it should rhyme with ‘gone’

It is a question that divides the nation, but researchers claim to have finally solved the great scone debate.

A survey of 2,000 Britons from across the country found 52 per cent think jam should be spread before cream.

In contrast just 25 per cent believe cream should go first while a further 19 per cent insist they don’t care either way.

The news will come as a bitter disappointment to those in Devon who traditionally spread the clotted cream first, while the Cornish will feel a sense of justification, as they do it the other way.

The survey, carried out on behalf of Village Hotel Club, also tackled how the word ‘scone’ should be pronounced. \

The results were similarly decisive with 56 per cent agreeing it should rhyme with ‘gone’, while 44 per cent said it should rhyme with ‘bone’.

Other fun findings suggest the ‘ideal’ afternoon tea is taken outside at a 3pm on a summer’s day, with four people.

Egg and cress emerged as Brits favourite afternoon tea sandwich, followed by classic cucumber and smoked salmon and cream cheese.

More than two in ten would love to tuck into a coronation chicken – first created in 1953 to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II – while 36 per cent wanted a simple ham salad sarnie and 34 per cent wanted Tuna mayo.

Mark McMahon, General Manager at Village Hotel Club, said: ‘Considering this new research has revealed that over 80 per cent of people would rather have an Afternoon Tea than a pint with pals in a pub, we’re proud to now be able to offer this popular British pastime at a price that won’t break the bank.’