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A good, fluffy scone topped with melting butter really hits the spot. Whether it is packed with dates, topped with tasty cheese or an exciting new flavour, nothing goes better with a coffee than a freshly-baked scone. We’ve hunted down the best local cafés for your mid-morning snack.
Grab a super cheesy or sweet date scone at the Lincoln Pantry. Even though it is outside the town centre, this thriving little café feels like the heart of the community. Be tempted by the delicious-looking cabinet items, including many gluten free, keto and vegan options. You can also pick up some gourmet gifts for foodies.
Well worth the drive, the scones at Arthur’s Pass Café and Store are baked fresh every morning and ready for travellers, along with a range of other cabinet items. A generous helping of dates keeps the scones moist and delicious throughout the day. Eat them inside with a drink or take away heated with butter.
As well as a great range of scones, muffins and pastries, The Fat Beagle offers something a little different - a delicious gluten free cheese scone that is light and fluffy but crispy on the edges. Take a seat at one of the wooden tables with mismatched chairs overlooking the leafy nursery outside. Don’t forget to have a look upstairs at the funky gift shop before you leave.
At Leeston Coffee Company, you’ll find a tempting array of treats behind the glass, and scones in interesting flavours. The cheesy cream cheese and sweet chilli scone boasts pockets of creamy goodness and lots of flavour. Sit in the comfortable seats with fresh air coming in through the large shutters and soak up the relaxed small town atmosphere.
The locally-owned Robert Harris is a vibrant spot for a tea or coffee with a fluffy buttered scone. As well as date and orange flavour, the café offers a savoury scone filled with ham, tomato and spring onion. Sip a latté in the booth seats, soak up the sun outside or relax on the comfy couch while the kids check out the play corner