National Trust Scone Project - The Rules

I started the National Trust Scone Project in August 2013 with the airy ambition of "visiting every National Trust property and having a scone at it".

I quickly realised this was going to be impossible because not every NT property serves scones. I then pootled along for nine years (NINE YEARS!) visiting as many properties and troughing as many scones as I could without really applying any firm rules.  

But I'm getting closer to the finishing line, so I really need to define where the finishing line actually is. Otherwise, how will we know when I'm done? I could be left wandering the country for years, like a jam-covered ghost that everyone has forgotten about.

So here are the rules:
  1. The National Trust Scone Blogger (hereafter NTSB) will aim to visit every NT property in the 2022 Handbook that has a cup symbol by it (the cup symbol denoting there is a food outlet).
  2. If there are properties that do not have a cup symbol in the Handbook but the NTSB is made aware that there is a tea room serving scones, the NTSB can choose to include these properties. However, this is not mandatory.
  3. If the property has a cup symbol but the NTSB believes that the food outlet a) is no longer open or b) is limited to a kiosk with no discernible means of serving scones or c) is run by a tenant rather than by the NT themselves, the NTSB can choose to exclude these properties.
By my reckoning from the 2022 Handbook:
  • There are 280 National Trust properties that don't have a food outlet
  • There are 231 National Trust properties that have a food outlet of some sort
So this is the list of the still-to-visit properties as of 19 March 2022:
  • Aira Force (Cumbria)
  • Ascott (Buckinghamshire)
  • Barrington Court (Somerset)
  • Branscombe (Devon)
  • Brean Down (Somerset)
  • Castle Drogo (Devon)
  • Claife Viewing Station (Cumbria)
  • Claydon (Buckinghamshire)
  • Dinefwr (Wales)
  • Dunstable Downs (Bedfordshire)
  • East Soar (Devon)
  • Glendurgan Gardens (Cornwall)
  • Godolphin (Cornwall)
  • Hatfield Forest (Essex)
  • Heddon Valley (Devon)
  • Knightshayes (Devon)
  • Lorna Doone Valley (Devon)
  • Lundy (Devon)
  • Lytes Carey (Somerset)
  • Newark Park (Gloucestershire)
  • Penrose (Cornwall)
  • Pentire (Cornwall)
  • Plas yn Rhiw (Wales)
For full transparency, these have a cup symbol but aren't included: 
  • Alderley Edge - not NT-run
  • Bossington - not NT-run
  • Burton Bradstock - not NT-run
  • Clent Hills - not NT-run
  • Horner Wood - not NT-run
  • Marsden Moor - no NT tea room
  • Llanerchaeron - not NT-run
  • Mr Straw's House - no NT tea room
  • Murlough - no NT tea room
  • Parke - not NT-run
  • Portstewart Stand - not NT-run
  • Porthor - not NT-run
  • Reigate Hill - not NT-run
  • Rhosili - not NT-run
  • Roundhouse - not NT-run
  • The Courts - closed
To my knowledge, I have visited every other property with a tea room that is not listed above. 

If you think anything in these lists is incorrect, let me know in the Comments. 

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