Comedian Jason Manford forced to apologise to Cornwall’s Dawn French

#creamfirst row kicks off online after comic Jason Manford says he ‘couldn’t care less’ about Cornwall’s scone customs – and even local resident Dawn French piles in

  • French wrote blunt reply to Manford’s Instagram post: ‘Taxi for @JasonManford’
  • Manford quickly backpedalled and replied: ‘Oh god I didn’t think YOU’D see it!’
  • Celebrities have been exchanging heated words on social media about scones
  • In Cornwall cream goes on top of the jam and in Devon the cream goes on first
  • Famous faces in debate include Piers Morgan, Davina McCall and James Corden

Jason Manford has apologised to Dawn French for saying he could not care less about Cornwall’s scone customs.

The comedian, 37, posted a picture to Instagram of a scone slathered in cream with jam on top during a visit to Newquay on Wednesday after playing a gig in Redruth.

Flouting the county’s tradition of putting jam on first, he captioned the snap: ‘I do not care less about the local customs! #CreamFirst’.


Jason Manford performs at the London Palladium (left). Dawn French (right) scolded him on Twitter for eating scones with jam on top of the cream

‘Do not care less’: Manford posted this picture to Instagram of him happily munching on a scone smothered in clotted cream with jam on top. This is not the Cornish way of eating scones – jam is traditionally put on first

‘Taxi for @JasonManford’: French scolded the Mancunian comedian for his disregard for Cornish scone traditions. Manford backpedalled, saying he apologised ‘to the Queen of Comedy’

But actress French, who lives in a £3million mansion in the county, was quick to intervene, bluntly commenting on the post: ‘Taxi for @JasonManford’.

Manford quickly backpedalled, replying: ‘Oh god I didn’t think YOU’D see it!

‘Apologies to the Queen of Comedy. I shall change my Jam/Cream order forthwith! Apologies @Dawn_French!’ 

Becka Entwistle showed her support for Manford with this picture, which blasts the Cornish jam first scone as the ‘wrong way’

‘Get out!!’ Twitter users posted horrified responses to Manford’s picture, insisting he was eating scones incorrectly

Twitter users were eager to offer their thoughts on the scone controversy.

‘IT’S ALWAYS JAM FIRST,’ insisted Elizabeth Bennetts.

Kevin Roberts added: ‘Poor effort Mr Manford. Next, you’ll be eating a pasty with a side salad’. 

Avril went further, telling Manford: ‘Shame on you.’

But others supported the comedian, using the hashtag #creamfirst to show their solidarity with his Devon-style scones.


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Celebrities have been wading into a war of words on social media over whether Cornwall or Devon are correct about how to eat scones.

A month ago French, who lives in Fowey with her second husband, kick-started the debate.

She wrote on Twitter: ‘On this NationalCreamTeaDay please remember, for everyone’s safety… JAM FIRST. #doittherightwayorgotoyourgod’.

Elizabeth Bennetts insists that the jam should always be put on the scone before the clotted cream

‘Poor effort’: Kevin Roberts scolds Manford on Twitter for his scone-eating habits

‘Shame on you’: Avril keeps her response to Manford’s Instagram picture brief and cutting

Other famous faces were quick to get involved. 

Gavin and Stacey star James Corden insisted: ‘I cannot condone this. CREAM FIRST’.

Davina McCall retorted: ‘Just to wade in… it’s jam first’.

Good Morning Britain star Piers Morgan also got involved in the debate, adding: ‘HAS to be jam first, (clotted) cream on top.’

In March, Cornish National Trust property Lanhydrock House and Garden posted a Mother’s Day advert online which showed scones with jam on top of the cream.

Outraged Cornish people threatened to boycott the National Trust because of their violation of the county’s scone traditions.

THE GREAT SCONE CONTROVERSY: CORNWALL VS DEVON

In Cornwall, strawberry jam is spread on warm scones then topped with a dollop of clotted cream.

The Cornish Way: Dawn French has ferociously insisted the cream should always go on top of the jam

In Devon, clotted cream is spread onto scones first and jam is put on top.

The Devon Way: Some people think the clotted cream should be spread on the scone first and topped with jam

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