Feast of Cornwall offer artisan pies and tartlets handmade using locally sourced produce (yay, no added nasties!). Ali & Ian, a husband and wife team, are passionate about ensuring every single aspect is created by hand, even hand crafting and shaping each pie individually; no mass produced food here!
Ian is a fantastic chef who has a real flare for food and flavours. Feast of Cornwall offer very creative flavour combinations that work fabulously. The pies we tried were the Carribean Chicken, Chicken & Leek and the Steak with green peppercorn and caramelised shallot (this one was for my partner as I only eat chicken, turkey and fish) and they were just delicious! My partner’s verdict was that he could honestly say it was the best steak pie he’d ever eaten, and he’s not one to easily give out that kind of praise! Both of the chicken flavours were just something else, the pastry just melted in your mouth but wasn’t too rich as some often are, the pies were literally full to the brim with filling so you don’t get yourself into that frustrating situation where you have pastry left and no filling, or vice versa. We teamed our pies with a few different fresh seasonal veg, a glass of Malbec and that was plenty for a filling meal.
The tartlets, best for a lighter bite or a summer dinner paired with some fresh salad, were equally as delicious. The presentation was a work of art in itself; we tried the honey roasted squash & courgette and the crab & sweetcorn gratin and they just looked amazing, especially the honey roasted squash & courgette with the delicious addition of glazed walnuts on top (see photo). Both of the tartlets were full of flavour, filling and deliciousness and again, just the right amount of pastry and filling!
For pies, you need to warm them up at 180 degrees for 25 minutes and for tartlets it’s just 15 minutes. You can also freeze them on the day of delivery and then cook for 45 minutes or 25 minutes for tartlets at 180 degrees.
I would never have claimed I was the biggest pie fan in the world but I can genuinely say I’ve been converted! These pies are just something else, they’d make a fantastic addition to a rustic wedding and would be great in a Cornish deli or cafe keen to showcase local produce. These are not mass produced pies and tartlets; these are homemade, handcrafted and hugely flavoursome pies and tartlets and I would love to see them stocked in some local eateries celebrating wonderful Cornish produce created by people who are passionate about what they do.
Next Steps for Feast of Cornwall
Feast of Cornwall are diversifying their work and have some very exciting next steps on their agenda. They are currently working on creating a vintage trailer so they can supply their delicious food at events and festivals and are also launching ‘Dine in & Feast’: a 3 course gourmet meal for two delivered straight to your door for £12.50 each! If Ian’s pies and tartlets are anything to go by, I’m desperate to try one of the 3 course gourmet meals (the desserts look amazing!). £25 for two is a similar price to a Chinese or Indian takeaway and I’d much rather a healthy homemade alternative; knowing my food has all been sourced locally, there are no nasty chemicals, my food has been freshly created by a talented chef and not to mention, there are 3 courses included for this price! There are also three menus to choose from: seasonal, seafood or spice and all that is required is a slight re-heat if necessary, allowing a quick and easy meal if you’re at home or on holiday. Feast of Cornwall, I can’t wait!
You can purchase Feast of Cornwall’s pies, tartlets and desserts on their website whether you’re a local business or an individual. You can also see their Dine in & Feast menus and arrange a delivery.
Go to their website http://www.feastofcornwall.co.uk and find them on Instagram @feastofcornwall
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