Saturday 23 December 2017

National Trust Sconepal Awards: Scone of the Year 2017

Last week I announced my Top National Trust Scones of 2017 - an impressive range of sconeage that I encountered across the land this year (including my first foray into Northern Ireland - hurray).

But today it's the all-important one; the Sconepals have voted and I'm pleased to share the list of YOUR favourite National Trust scones of 2017.

A total of 66 separate properties got at least one vote this year, which is great to see. However, there can only be one winner.

So here goes with the countdown, in reverse order:

In joint fourth place:
Scotney Castle!

In third place:

And in second, runner-up place for 2017:

Anglesey Abbey!

But in first place, for the third year running, the winner of Sconepals' Choice is:

Speke Hall!

Congratulations to all the team at Speke for another year of scone success. I had a fantastic time there - read about the Speke Hall scone.

Well done to all of the National Trust baking teams across the land - you do a fantastic job keeping the ovens warm and the scones baking.

Finally, I just want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone that voted and to everyone that has sent in pictures this year. Keep your scone snaps coming in 2018 - I love to see where you've been (and what you've eaten). 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody! See you in 2018 - with a fair wind this could be the year that I finish the National Trust Scone Odyssey!


  1. Well done all winners and those who bake good scones

    .. and well done to you NT Scones for all your hard work throughout the year and for keeping all of us so well entertained.. :D

    from me and sconepal Mr. Ponders

    1. Thank you Tricia and Ponders - I'm feeling hopeful that 2018 will be a bumper year!

  2. very nice scones. i just got the book.
    the recipes often just says 'butter'. would that imply salted or unsalted?

  3. very nice scones. a question though....the recipes often just say 'butter'. does that imply salted or unsalted?

    1. That's a good question, Eric - I'm reliably informed that if a recipe doesn't specify, then unsalted should be used!

  4. Happy New Year! Here's to more lovely fluffy scones!