Top 5… Cornish Pasties
This weekend the not-so-humble pasty will be receiving global attention as the World Pasty Championships take centre stage at the Eden Project (Saturday 2 March). To celebrate this much-loved Cornish icon we are bringing you five of the best pasties in Cornwall. The important thing – we’ll just get the flag out – is that no flakey-pastry, crimped-on-top, just pretending-to-be Cornish pasties can take the name in vain. It’s got to be proper Cornish, OK? With that in mind, here are five of the best places to go for a pasty in Cornwall.
1. The Chough Bakery, Padstow
You may have seen The Chough Bakery, a small craft bakery based on the quayside in Padstow, on BBC One’s ‘The Fixer’ with Alex Polizzi last year. Run by the Ead family for over 30 years, their proper Cornish pasties certainly make the most of local ingredients with meat sourced from local butcher Williams Meats, just down the road in Wadebridge. A dollop of Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream gives their award-winning traditional steak pasties that extra richness and they’re not afraid to experiment with new flavours showcasing Cornwall’s fantastic produce. Their second biggest seller – steak and Cornish Blue – came 2nd in the World Pasty Championships last year, whilst their chicken, bacon, leek and cheese pasty was a winner at the British Pie Awards in 2012. Make sure you get down there early to beat the lunch time queue! www.thechoughbakery.co.uk
2. Proper Cornish, Bodmin
Based in Bodmin in Beautiful North Cornwall, Proper Cornish have been baking pasties since 1988. Their Proper Cornish pasties, as the name suggests, are Cornish to the core; the traditional D-shape, crimped on the side (not the top), with top quality beef, veg and seasoning – not a carrot in sight. Their traditional steak pasties are made to an old family recipe handed down through generations. You can find Proper Cornish pasties at independent retailers throughout Cornwall or visit their website: www.propercornish.co.uk
3. Warrens Bakery, St Just
Traditional Cornish pasties from the world’s oldest pasty maker. Warrens Bakery has been making genuine Cornish pasties since 1860 and is the oldest pasty maker still producing today. Over a century later, they are still made by hand. At their old-fashioned bakery in St Just, they use roughly cut chunks of beef, vegetables and a light seasoning, crimping all of their pasties by hand. Sold all over Cornwall, their award-winning traditional Cornish steak pasty is their best seller (of course!). They’ve had 150 years to perfect this age-old traditional steak recipe, and it must be said that it’s definitely hard to beat.
4. Rowe’s Cornish Bakers, Falmouth
In 1949 a small shop was opened in Falmouth by Bill Rowe, a man with an unwavering passion for craft baking and now, over 60 years later, Rowe’s bakeries are thriving all over Cornwall and the South West. Lovingly crafted using traditional hand-crimping techniques and sourcing local ingredients wherever possible, their traditional steak pasties are what they’re famous for. They do however experiment with new flavours occasionally, and are the only bakery to use Reggae Reggae sauce in a freshly baked pasty. Borne out of experiments by Rowe’s product development manager, Nick Brown, in his kitchen at home, the Reggae Reggae Chicken Pasty was the first ever commercial product to be made with the hot sauce made popular by Levi Root’s appearance on BBC’s Dragon’s Den. Look out for the easily recognisable, bright yellow shop fronts all over the county and try one for yourself. www.rowesbakers.co.uk
5. Martin’s Bakery, St Austell
Providing the mid-Cornwall area with quality baked produce since 1865, Martin’s Bakery is a family business which prides itself on the quality of their produce. Their Cornish pasties are packed with the very best ingredients, all as locally sourced as possible, and made at their bakery in St Austell using traditional, time-honoured techniques. For the non-purists, they also offer a range of additional flavours, including chicken, mushroom & bacon and cheese & onion varieties. To sample the goods, you can visit their stores in Cornish Market World, Pannier Market Truro and Mevagissey. www.martinsbakerycornwall.co.uk