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Where to buy a real Cornish pasty in the County of Cornwall

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History of the Cornish Pasty

The Cornish Pasty has been around since at least the beginning of the 17th century. As the first take-away meal, it is believed to have been designed specifically for the Cornish tin miners as a meal that they could take down the mine without it becoming spoiled by lunchtime.      More.......

Pasty is second top regional dish

The Cornish pasty has come runner up to the Yorkshire pudding in a nationwide vote for the top regional dish.     More.......

Drive Through Pasty

In early 2015 Cornwall opened the world's first pasty drive-through in Redruth.     More.......

UK's first pasty museum in Cornwall.

A Redruth businessman is campaigning to open a Pasty Museum to the Par Stadium Retail Park near St Austell.     More.......

Tuesday 22nd February 2011

is an important day in the history of the Cornish Pasty.

On this day it was granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. With effect from 14th March 2011, only those pasties produced in Cornwall can be called Cornish Pasties.      More.......

Wednesday 21st March 2012 - Pasty Tax!

In the Budget, the chancellor changes the VAT rules to rate "hot take away food" at the standard rate (20%). Feelings run high in the county and several Cornish MPs make their points against the Pasty Tax in the House.     More.......

Monday 28th May 2012 - U Turn on Pasty Tax

Following the overwhelming reaction from the pasty-loving people of Britain (and some help from The Sun), the government have changed the definition of a "hot pasty".      More.......

Saturday 5th March 2016 - 5th World Pasty Championships

At the Eden Project Luisa Ead, of Chough Bakery based in Padstow, won the Cornish Pasty Company category while her 9 year old son Jack won in the Cornish Pasty Junior Category.      More.......
   

Cornish pasty retailers by location

Bodmin Aunt Avices Pasty Shop 1 St. Kew Service Station, St. Kew Highway PL30 3ED
Barnett Fare 5a Normandy Way, PL31 1EX
Café Barnys The Old Guild Hall, Fore Street
Malcolm Barnecutt Carminnow Road Industrial Estate
Malcolm Barnecutt The Old Guild Hall, Fore Street
Malcolm Barnecutt Walker Lines Industrial Estate
Proper Cornish Ltd (Wholesale) Western House, Lucknow Road, Bodmin Pl31 1EZ
Warrens 17 Fore Street, Bodmin PL31 2HT Tel: O1208 72777

Bude Lansdowne Bakery 16 Lansdowne Road, Bude EX23 8BH
Pengenna Pasties Unit 3, Arundell House, Belle Vue, Bude EX23 8JL Tel: 01288 355169
Polmorla Pasties (Wholesale) Unit 6D Kingshill Industrial Estate, Bude EX23 8QN
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Callington Ginsters (Wholesale) Tavistock Road, Callington PL17 7XG
(Did you know? Ginster is the German word for gorse - the yellow flowering thorn bushes so common in rural Cornwall)
Tamar Foods 83 Tavistock Road, Callington PL17 7TA Tel: 01579 389400 Email: fiona.macinnes@tamarfoods.co.uk
The Pasty Shop Bakery 3a Church St, Callington PL17 7RE

Camborne Pengenna Pasties The Square, Praze
W C Rowe 15 Commercial Street, Camborne TR14 8AT Tel: 01209 715559
Warrens 20 Trelowarren Street, Camborne TR14 8AA Tel: O1209 713256

Camelford Four Seasons Tea Room 2 Market Place
Light Bites 1 & 2 Market Place
Pengenna Pasties (Distribution Centre) Highfield Road Industrial Estate, Camelford PL32 9RA

East Looe Presto London House, Fore Street
Falmouth Cornish Miner Custom House Quay, Falmouth TR11 3LH
Mylor Stores 37 Lemon Hill, Mylor
Presto 7 Arwenack Street
The Cornish Pasty Company Quethiock House, Ganges Close, Mylor Harbour, Falmouth TR11 5UG
W C Rowe (Head Office) Bickland Industrial Estate, Falmouth TR11 4TP
W C Rowe 23 Arwenack Street, Falmouth TR11 3JA Tel: 01326 312991
W C Rowe 16 Killigrew Street, Falmouth TR11 3PN Tel: 01326 316939
W C Rowe 2 The Kings Hotel, Market Street, Falmouth TR11 3AB Tel: 01326 316552
W C Rowe Old Hill, Falmouth TR11 2PR Tel: 01326 31693
Warrens 59 Church Street, Falmouth TR11 3DS Tel: O1326 211795
Warrens 3 Killigrew Street, Falmouth TR11 3PG O1326 314779
Fowey Jolly Jacks Deli 24 Fore Street
Niles Bakery Ltd 14 Fore Street

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Hayle Hampson of Hayle 20 Chapel Terrace TR27 4AB
Hampson of Hayle 33 Fore Street
Philps Bakery 1 Foundry Hill Tel: 01736 753302
Philps Bakery 1 East Quay Tel: 01736 755661 Email : philpsbakery@hotmail.co.uk
Warrens 3 Chapel Terrace, Hayle TR27 4AB Tel: O1736 753361
Warrens 3 Fore Street, Copperhouse, Hayle TR27 4DX Tel: O1736 753022
Helston Pasty Line Unit 10 Water-ma-Trout Ind Estate, Helston TR13 0LW
St Keverne Bakery Treskewes Industrial Estate, St Keverne TR12 6RA
W C Rowe 52 Meneage Street, Helston TR13 8QY Tel: 01326 572769
Warrens 6 Meneage Street, Helston TR13 8AB O1326 564341
West Cornwall Pasty Company Holbrook, The Moors, Porthleven, Helston TR13 8HT

Isles of Scilly St Martins Bakery St Martins, Isles of Scilly TR25 0QL

Lands End The Pasty Shop Caravans End

Launceston Jaspers Quality Foods (Wholesale) Treburley, Launceston PL15 9PU
Malcolm Barnecutt 5 High Street
Parker's Bakery 2 Southgate Street, Madford Lane PL15 9DX

Liskeard Blakes The Master Bakers 5 Dean Street PL14 4AA
Chapel Bakery St Keyne PL14 4SG
Cornish Country Meats Treverbyn Mill PL14 6HG
Lostwithiel Bakery 15 Liskerrett Road, St Martins Meadow, Liskeard
Malcolm Barnecutt 3 Fore Street
Purdy's Bakery 4-5 Baytree Hill
Purdy's Bakery Seasons, 6 Windsor Place PL14 6BH
Taste of the West Country Ltd Fore Street, St Cleer
Warrens Trago, Twowatersfoot, Liskeard PL14 6HY Tel: O1579 321347
Looe Sarah's Pasty Shop Fore Street, East Looe PL13 1AD
Tavistock Bakery Fore St, East Looe PL13 1AD
The Pasty Shop 6 Buller St, East Looe PL13 1AS

Lostwithiel Frans Pantry 1a Quay Street
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Marazion Philps Bakery Market Place Tel: 01736 710332

Mevagissey Presto 1-2 Olivers Quay
Newquay A's Bakery Unit 3 Whitegate Shops, Chester Road
Cornish Pasty Co Mobile Barlendew, Qunitrell Downs, Newquay TR8 4LJ
Expresso's 42a Bank Street
Niles Bakery Ltd 42 Bank Street
Presto 7 Bank Street
W C Rowe 22 Bank Street, Newquay TR7 1AY Tel: 01637 877664
Warrens 6a Bank Street, Newquay TR7 1JF Tel: O1637 872389
Warrens 23 East Street, Newquay TR7 1DN Tel: O1637 850635

Padstow The Chough Bakery 3 The Strand Tel: 01841 532 835 Email: sales@thechoughbakery.co.uk  (Online ordering)
Presto 2 Mill Square
The Rick Stein Deli Unit 1 & 2 South Quay
The Rick Stein Patisserie 1 Lanadwell Street
Par Benkamin Leddy's Famous Pasty Shop 3 Harbour Road
Eden Project Bodelva Pit, Bodelva
Niles Bakery Ltd St Blazey Gate
Pearns Pasties of Par 13 Harbour Road PL24 2BD

Penryn W C Rowe 13 Higher Market Street, Penryn TR10 8ED Tel: 01326 374620
W C Rowe Bakehouse, Kernick Industrial Estate, Penryn TR10 9EP Tel: 01326 379691
W C Rowe In Asda, Jennings Road, Penryn TR10 9LY Tel: 01326 378873
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Penzance Aunty May's Pasty Co 3 The Coombe, Newlyn TR18 5HS
Cindy's Bakery Shop 1 Alverton Street
Jessie's Dairy 11 Fore Street, Mousehole TR19 6TQ
Lavender Delicatessen 6a Alverton Street TR18 2QW
The Pasty Shoppe 41 Market Place
Pellows Family Bakers Ltd Unit 12 Longrock Ind. Estate, Penzance TR20 8HX
Penzance Cornish Pasty Co 8 Market Jew Street
Penzance Pasty Co 85 Market Jew Street
The Cornish Oggy Oggy Pasty Co 17a Alverton Street, Penzance TR18 2QP
W C Rowe 73 Causewayhead, Penzance TR18 2SR Tel: 01736 333193
W C Rowe 91 Market Jew street, Penzance TR18 2LG Tel: 01736 363027
Warrens Bosweddon Rd, St Just, Penzance TR19 7JP
Warrens Market Square, St Just Penzance TR19 7HD Tel: O1736 788538
Warrens 8 Bolitho Road, Heamoor, Penzance TR18 3EH Tel: O1736 361808
Warrens Market Square, St Just Penzance TR19 7HD Tel: O1736 788027
Warrens 11 The Strand, Newlyn TR18 5HH Tel: O1736 362771
Warrens 10/11 Market Jew Street, Penzance TR18 2HN Tel: O1736 362746
Warrens 85A Market Jew Street, Penzance TR18 2LG O1736 363268
Warrens 34b, Alverton Street, Penzance TR18 2SJ Tel: O1736 362788
Perranporth Chapman Butchers 45 St Pirans Road

Polperro Presto The Coombes

Portscatho Ralph's Bakery The Bakery, 4 The Square, Portscatho TR2 5HW

Redruth Berryman's Bakery Penandrea, Redruth TR15 2EE
Prima Foods (Wholesale) Wheal Rose Bakery, Scorrier, Redruth TR16 5BX Tel: 01209 820321
The Cornish Oven Ltd Unit 7 Barncoose Ind Est, Wilson Way, Pool, Redruth TR15 3RQ
W C Rowe 30 Fore Street, Pool TR15 3DZ Tel: 01209 216220
W C Rowe 38 Fore Street, Redruth TR15 2AE Tel: 01209 215234
Warrens 77 Fore Street, Redruth TR15 2BL O1209 215066

Saltash Baker Hatt Pasty Shop Greendale, Ellbridge Lane, Hatt, near Saltash PL12 6PU
Kerrow Mill Trerulefoot
Pasty Shak Unit 14 Longstone Business Park, Windsor Lane, Saltash PL12 6DS
W C Rowe 109 Fore Street, Saltash PL12 6AL Tel: 01752 840050

St Agnes St Agnes Bakery Churchtown, St Agnes

St Austell Café Barnys 13 Fore Street
Coffee Corner 9 Duke Street
Cooksleys 74 East Hill
Crib Box Cornish Pasties 5 Mount Charles Road
LGT & VM Pearce 2 Polkyth Road
Malcolm Barnecutt 13 Fore Street
Niles Bakery Ltd Morven Trading Estate, Morven Road PL25 4PP
Niles Bakery Ltd 117a Alexandra Road
Niles Bakery Ltd 78 Daniels Lane
Niles Bakery Ltd 7 Duke Street
Niles Bakery Ltd 33 High Cross Street
Niles Bakery Ltd 6 Old Vicarage Place
W C Rowe Unit 62, White River Place, Trinity Street, St Austell PL25 5LX Tel: 01726 65207
W C Rowe In Asda, Cromwell Road, St Austell, Cornwall PL25 4PR Tel: 01726 223800
Warrens 12/13 Fore Street, St Austell PL25 5EN Tel: O1726 73269

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St Columb Major Cornish Premier Pasties (Wholesale only) 4 Hurling Way, St Columb Major Business Park, St Columb Major TR9 6SX
Crantock Bakery Ltd (Wholesale only) Unit 2 Lodge Way, Indian Queens Ind Est, St Columb TR9 6TF
Morris Pasties The Pasty Shoppe Ltd, 69 Fore Street, St Colmb Major TR9 6AJ

St Ives Presto 9 Fore Street
The Cornish Pasty Bakery The Wharf
Pengenna Pasties 9 High Street, St Ives TR26 1RR Tel: 01736 794100
Warrens Tregenna Place, St Ives TR26 1SB Tel: O1736 796809

The Lizard Ann's Pasty Shop Beacon Terrace, TR12 7PB. Tel: 01326 290889
St Keverne Bakery Treskewes Industrial Estate, St Keverne TR12 6RA

Tintagel King Arthur Bistro Atlantic Road
Pengenna Pasties Atlantic Road, Tintagel PL34 0DD Tel: 01840 770223
Shop in the Strand House on the Strand, Trebarwith Strand

Torpoint Dashers Cornish Bakery 63 Fore Street, Torpoint PL11 2AB
Warrens 49 Fore Street, Torpoint PL11 2AD Tel: O1752 812436
Westcountry Bakery (Wholesale) Unit 18 & 19 Trevol Business Park, Torpoint PL11 2TB Tel: 01752 816088
Truro Rippons Bakery Lor-An Point Mills, Bissoe, Truro TR4 8QY
W C Rowe 22 Victoria Square, Truro TR1 2SD Tel: 01872 261281
W C Rowe Truro Piazza, Back Quay, Truro TR1 2LL Tel: 01872 278998
Warrens 12 Victoria Square, Truro TR1 2RU Tel: O1872 272069
Warrens 1 Quay Street, Truro TR1 2HB Tel: O1872 263212
Warrens 13 High Cross, Truro TR1 2AJ Tel: O1872 222856
Warrens 1 Pengelly Way, Threemilestone, Truro TR3 6DP Tel: O1872 240340

Wadebridge Malcolm Barnecutt The Platt
Malcolm Barnecutt 18 Molesworth Street




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History of the Cornish Pasty
The Cornish Pasty has been around since at least the beginning of the 17th century. As the first take-away meal, it is believed to have been designed specifically for the Cornish tin miners as a meal that they could take down the mine without it becoming spoiled by lunchtime.
The pastry case contained the meat and vegetable fairly securely and the heavy crimping along the edge was used as a handle that could be held by dirty hands and disposed of once the rest of the pasty had been consumed.
The proper Cornish pasty has the crimping along the side and not the top.
The quality of the meat was generally poor - commonly blade of beef - as the miners did not earn much money and most of the vegetables - potato, turnip (what is known as swede in the rest of the British Isles) and onion - were grown in the garden of the miners cottages. The pastry was short crust as fat and butter were not very plentiful. The use of the turnip (swede in England) and onion always produced a good clear gravy that often ran out of the bottom of the pasty as you ate it.

There is an historical reference to the Pasty in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales in the Prologue to The Cook's tale (circa 1393): " Now telle on, Roger; looke that it be good, for many a pastee hastow laten blood" which translates as "Now tell on, Roger; look that it be good, for of many a pasty hast thou drawn out the gravy".
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) in Act 1 of The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597) includes "Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner" but this is not a Cornish pasty as the Cornish pasty is made with beef and not venison.
Samuel Pepys (1633 - 1703) frequently referred in his diaries to venison pasties and once to a salted pork pasty.

Tuesday 22nd February 2011 is an important day in the history of the Cornish Pasty.
On this day it was granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. With effect from 14th March 2011, only those pasties produced in Cornwall can be called Cornish Pasties. An authentic example should have a distinctive "D" shape and be crimped, or folded into a rope-like pattern, on one side - never on top.
The Cornish Pasty joins the likes of Whitstable Oysters, Jersey Royal Potatoes, Dorset Blue Cheese, Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Cornish Clotted Cream

There is some unrest amongst the traditional Cornish Pasty makers in Cornwall about some of the rules.
The rules state that the filling needs to be "chunky", made up of "mince or chunks of beef with swede, potato and onion and a light seasoning". This is then wrapped in pastry glazed with milk or egg, and then slow-baked. Additionally, the pastry must be "robust enough to retain its shape throughout the cooking and cooling process without splitting or cracking". The pasty itself should be made up of at least 12.5% meat. No artificial flavourings or additives can be used and all ingredients must go into the pasty raw.

Traditionally the Cornish Pasty is never made with mince, rarely glazed and can be crimped along the top (although the side crimping is believed to be more authentic). Cornish pasties often split during the baking process and these regulations could result in a heafty increase in the price of Cornish Pasties to cover the cost of throwing away any that split and cannot legally be sold (as Cornish Pasties).

Of course the EU regulations do not extend to the USA and you will still be able to buy a Cornish Pasty in Mineral Point, Wisconsin baked by a Cornish Cousin.

Wednesday 21st March 2012 - Pasty Tax! In the Budget, the chancellor changes the VAT rules to rate "hot take away food" at the standard rate (20%). Feelings run high in the county and several Cornish MPs make their points against the Pasty Tax in the House.
VAT is not charged on most food and drink - they are described as zero-rated. VAT is payable on takeaway food sold to be eaten hot, but baked goods which are put on display warm and subsequently cool down are also zero-rated - Until now! Takeaway food that is not below the "ambient air temparature" when it put on sale will now incur VAT at 20%.

Monday 28th May 2012 - U Turn on Pasty Tax Following the overwhelming reaction from the pasty-loving people of Britain (and some help from The Sun), the government have changed the definition of a "hot pasty". Only if the pasty is kept hot, either on a hot plate ot under a heating lamp, will it attract VAT at 20%. If is is hot because it has come straight out of the oven and not yet cooled, it is cooling down or has cooled, there will be not VAT. The secret of a good hot pasty without VAT is to call at the pasty shop just as the latest batch are coming out of the oven. Perhaps you could telephone your favourite pasty shop to find out the best time to call. The campaign even has support from the US in the form of a petition signed by 500 residents of Calumet in Michigan.

Cornwall has opened the world's first pasty drive-through Earlier in 2015, Portreath Bakery opened the world's first pasty drive-through near Redruth.
Based on Wilson Way, it also boasts a one hundred seater restaurant and training facilities.
Boss Marion Symonds, who once appeared on The Great British Bake Off, revealed that the scheme has taken 18 months of planning to get off the ground.
Now she is hoping to use the new site to export her pasties around the world, as well as selling other bakery products to locals.

Cornwall could become home to the UK's first pasty museum. A Redruth businessman is campaigning to bring the attraction to the Par Stadium Retail Park near St Austell.
At the moment, the only one in the world is in Mexico.
Malcolm Ball says it could be open by July [2016]: "What we're looking to do is to provide an environment where we can showcase the rich history. Not just of the Cornish pasty, I'd like to showcase the rich history that the Duchy has to offer in food produce generally.
"There's a relaxing atmosphere where people can also taste other Cornish produce whether it be from our fabulous cheese - we have got some fantastic range of products that maybe we should showcase even more but in a more of a theatrical way."

Saturday 5th March 2016 - 5th World Pasty Championships A family celebration at the Eden Project when Luisa Ead, of Chough Bakery based in Padstow, won the Cornish Pasty Company category while her 9 year old son Jack Fuller won in the Cornish Pasty Junior Category. Luisa's other son Robbie Mowbray, aged 12, claimed third place in the Open Savoury Junior category with a Scottish-themed haggis, neeps and tatties pasty.
Matt Grant of The Great British Pasty and Pie Co. based in Ottawa, Canada, claimed the coveted Pasty Ambassador priz, having travelled more than 3,000 miles to compete.

Full Results:
Cornish Pasty Junior:
Winner - Jack Fuller, nine, from Wadebridge.
Second - Amy Meredith, six, from Helston.
Third - Jodie Heath, 10, from Bodmin.

Open Savoury Junior:
Winner - Rhys Heath, 13, from Bodmin with a "breakfast pasty", containing bacon, sausage, scrambled egg, baked beans, black pudding and hash browns.
Second - Harrison Shaw, nine, from Portsmouth in Hampshire with a kangaroo steak in a sweet pepper and red wine sauce pasty
. Third - Robbie Mowbray, 12, from Wadebridge with haggis, neeps and tatties pasty with wee dram.

Open Savoury Company:
Winner - Warrens Bakery with a chicken, potato, swede, onion in a creamy white sauce.
Second - Cornish Premier Pasties Ltd. with a chicken and mango pasty.
Third - The Chough Bakery with a chicken, smokey bacon, leeks, potato, onions and cheddar pasty.

Cornish Pasty Company:
Winner - The Chough Bakery
Second - Cornish Premier Pasties (with their Cornish gourmet pasty)
Third - Prima Bakeries

Cornish Pasty Professional:
Winner - Julie Heard from Bodmin.
Second - David Collings from Fowey.
Third - Andy Heath from Bodmin.

Open Savoury Professional: Winner - Louise Slee from Torpoint with a pulled pork, sweet potato, shallots and cheddar pasty.
Second - Alan Pearce from Budock near Falmouth with cheddar, red Leicester, onions, potato and cayenne pepper pasty.
Third - Andy Heath from Bodmin with a three cheese, spring onion and potato pasty.

Cornish Pasty Amateur:
Winner - Roger Richards from Camborne.
Second - Alistair Wall from Camborne.
Third - Billy Deakin from Mount Hawke.

Open Savoury Amateur:
Winner - Don McKeever from Bristol with a pulled pork in a cider sauce pasty.
Second - Emma Pugsley from London with a sausage, shallot, potato and pepper pasty.
Third - Cherry Ferris from Penzance with a "Mumbai pasty", containing onion, sweet potato, green peas, cauliflower and a secret selection of 15 herbs and spices.


The Cornish pasty has come runner up to the Yorkshire pudding in a nationwide vote for the top regional dish. The northern staple of traditional British Sunday roasts came out top in a study conducted by UK diners' club Gourmet Society, followed by Cornish pasties.
Devon cream teas, Bakewell tarts and Cheddar cheese completed the top five..


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