So, this is quite a controversial topic I realise, and many will only award the number one spot to their own homemade family recipe, but, having embarked on a mission of trying and testing Cornwall’s pasties over a good while, we have collated a special list of our very best finds. Some may not be ones you’d expect but we’re not just going for the big names here; we’re only going for the best. So here are our 9 favourites in no particular order and if you want to find out more about each entry just click on the link:
* we tested a traditional and a veggie option at each place so our recommendations cater for veggies too
Ann’s pasties, Helston and The Lizard Once you’ve got past the controversial top crimp, you are left with a delicious pasty perfectly seasoned with plenty of filling.
McFaddens, St Just Typical butchers pasty with more meat than a pasty can handle, lots of gravy so especially good for those who like a juicy pasty.
Philp’s Pasties, Hayle and other outlets check the website Pastry specialists with the option of flaky by special order, think twice before ordering a large – you best be hungry!
Camelford Londis (Trust us!) These are actually Barnecutts pasties but cooked on site to the owner’s special method, creating a demand that sees each batch fly out the door. Definitely a case of not judging a book by its cover…
Sarah’s Pasty Shop, Looe Easily the best in South East Cornwall, Sarah must be a magician to get so much filling in one pasty!
Lavenders Deli, Penzance As you’d expect from a deli, subtle flavourings give a somewhat unfamiliar but delicious taste that is equally good hot or cold.
Malcom Barnecutts – a trusty choice with multiple outlets A brand you can trust to get it right, my husband has been eating these his whole life and has never had a bad one. The only complaint he ever has is that the large isn’t that large.
Chough Bakery, Padstow A bakery maintaining Cornish traditions and doing it so well, these pasties are the ones to get if you’re in Padstow.
Helluva Pasties, HQ is in Callington but they have a couple of other outlets and stockists too so check the website Aside from being Helluva expensive, they’re helluva nice 😉