Best Scones In Cameron Highlands

There’s nothing like having scones in Cameron Highlands while enjoying tea from locally sourced leaves, but where should you go to get the best scones in the area?

Many strawberry farms tend to serve scones that you can eat with your freshly-plucked strawberries. There are also some fancy places with an European atmosphere to get scones!

Check out these best cafes for scones in the Cameron Highlands.

7 Top Places for Scones in Cameron Highlands

1. The Lord’s Café

For yummy scones and apple pies at reasonable prices, The Lord’s Café has you covered.

Scones And Tea For Breakfast At The Lord’s Café, Cameron Highlands
Scones And Tea For Breakfast At The Lord’s Café, Cameron Highlands – Photo by Travelswithsun

Located above a Marrybrown restaurant in Tanah Rata, their delicious scones are cheap at RM3.20 apiece and served with delectable cream and strawberry jam that’s worth trying.

With a homely ambiance and a cozy, nostalgic interior, The Lord’s Café is a great place to chill while sipping a refreshing cup of tea.

Interior Of The Lord’s Café At Cameron Highlands
Interior Of The Lord’s Café At Cameron Highlands – Photo by Travelswithsun

It is a popular spot, however, so head on earlier to avoid crowding and get the scones while they last!

PS: The apple pie is good too.

2. BOH Sungai Palas Tea Centre

If you like your scones with a premium cup of tea and a view, the BOH Sungai Palas Tea Centre at the top of the BOH plantation hill is sure to provide.

Have Scones At BOH Sungai Palas Tea Centre
Have Scones At BOH Sungai Palas Tea Centre – Photo credits to Zalikha Ishak

Apart from their signature tea, this contemporary tea house also has a selection of cakes and pastries, with their scones being a popular (but pricey) choice.

While the jam served with it is just okay, it’s still comparable to what you’d find at a hotel breakfast.

Be ready for a huge crowd (and road congestion) while you are there though, as plenty of people visit for the scenic sunrise and great tea!

And if you’re interested in tea plantations, our travel guide on tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands should prove useful!

3. Jim Thompson Tea Room @ Cameron Highlands Resort

Situated at the Cameron Highlands Resort, the Jim Thompson Tea Room has a stylized English aesthetic, offering plenty of great picture opportunities!

Classy Ambiance At Jim Thomson, Cameron Highlands Resort
Classy Ambiance At Jim Thomson, Cameron Highlands Resort – Photo by Travelswithsun

But while the service is fine and the overall atmosphere cushy and quiet (with live piano music too), having high tea here is very expensive.

The menu features a RM150-for-2 high-tea set where you can choose different tea – we got the Cameron tea.

High Tea Sets At Jim Thomson, Cameron Highlands Resort
High Tea Sets At Jim Thomson, Cameron Highlands Resort – Photo by Travelswithsun

We will say that the scones are nice along with the clotted cream. The sandwiches (except for the smoked salmon sandwich) are average.

The top tier has sweet and small tidbits like Madeleine, parfait, and brownie. There are also fresh strawberries served with chocolate.

If it’s your first time trying a British high tea set, we recommend sharing one set among 3 pax or skipping lunch. Or coming here for breakfast because the set is rich and very filling.

Scones At Jim Thomson, Cameron Highlands Resort
Scones At Jim Thomson, Cameron Highlands Resort – Photo by Travelswithsun

Give this high-class tea room a shot at least once as the scones are enjoyable in such a lovely ambiance and the well-decorated tearoom is a delight to be in!

4. Cameron Valley Tea House

Cameron Valley Tea House has 2 branches – both located in Tanah Rata and at each location, you’ll be able to enjoy a gorgeous view of the surrounding tea plantation.

Scones At Cameron Valley Tea House
Scones At Cameron Valley Tea House – Photo by Travelswithsun

Plus points are the paid buggy services that can take visitors up and down the hill, alongside the breathtaking waterfall that’s down the path from the plantation (at Cameron Valley Tea House 1).

As for the scones themselves, they’re delicious and served alongside jam & cream, all at a reasonable price.

Their other pastries are also a treat, and we’d highly recommend cardamom tea for the tea lovers out there!

Note: It gets pretty packed around brunch, with parking spaces being limited around that time.

5. Barracks Café

As you stand at the entrance of Barracks Café, the name becomes apparent because the indoor dining space and the kitchen are housed in real barracks!

Front Of Barracks Cafe
Front Of Barracks Cafe – Photo by Travelswithsun

Name aside, the café is a plant lover’s delight, with greenery at every corner of the outside garden. Try getting a seat outdoors as the indoor seating is quite dull.

Outdoor Seating At The Barracks Cafe
Outdoor Seating At The Barracks Cafe – Photo by Travelswithsun

As for the food,  the prices are similar to cafes in KL (RM20-30 for a main). The menu features western food like duck carbonara, soft shell crab burger and fish and chips.

Soft Shell Crab Burger And Fish And Chips At The Barracks Cafe
Soft Shell Crab Burger And Fish And Chips At The Barracks Cafe – Photo by Travelswithsun

PS: Don’t get the fish and chips. There was hardly any fish.

But they have scones as well. And these are lovely, served alongside delicious jam that has just the right hints of tartness.

Fresh Scones At Barracks Café, Cameron Highlands
Fresh Scones At Barracks Café, Cameron Highlands – Photo credits to foodieonabittenapple (Instagram)

6. Amsterdam Café

Compared to the rest of the cafes and restaurants on this list, Amsterdam Café is your run-of-the-mill café with a down-to-earth take when it comes to its interior design.

It’s a good rest stop to get a hearty meal or breakfast (since they open quite early) and to try some delicious scones served with butter, jam, and cream.

Although the butter and jam you get are not exceptional – being your standard store-bought fare. The French toast and omelette with toast are all average too.

French Toast And Mixed Omelette For Breakfast At Amsterdam Café, Cameron Highlands
French Toast And Mixed Omelette For Breakfast At Amsterdam Café, Cameron Highlands – Photo by Travelswithsun

Coffee is decent however. And teas are different flavors of BOH or Bharat tea satchets.

Feel free to head on over earlier if you’d like to get the freshest scones, and note that parking here may be difficult during peak season due to the cafe’s close proximity to other shops.

7. The Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant By The Golf Course Cameron Highlands

Both a restaurant and a hotel, The Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant is one of the most popular destinations for travelers in Cameron Highlands.

The Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant By The Golf Course Cameron Highlands
The Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant By The Golf Course Cameron Highlands – Photo by Travelswithsun

The ambiance is reminiscent of an old English village, with exposed brick buildings, an exceptionally charming garden, and large cobblestones giving off a vintage aesthetic.

While they might be expensive, the scones are worth it, with good taste and texture, alongside plentiful servings of cream and strawberry jam.

Tea Set For One At The Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant, Cameron Highlands
Tea Set For One At The Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant, Cameron Highlands – Photo by Travelswithsun

If you do plan on staying the night, keep in mind it could get a little loud during breakfast or brunch.

And having tried their Western mains for lunch before, we advise against going on an empty stomach as the food does take a while to come.

Furthermore, the food quality doesn’t match the price.

Conclusion

While all of the choices of scones listed above are popular, it depends on your personal taste and whether you put a higher priority on ambiance or value-for-money.

For a British-like ambiance, The Smokehouse, Jim Thomson Tea House, and The Barracks Cafe are great. And for inexpensive scones, The Lord’s Cafe or Bharat tea houses are our recommendations.

Because there are so many places to try scones in Cameron Highlands (including some strawberry farms), do make time to try out a couple of places to find your favorite scone spot!

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