The ultimate Cornish pasty guide
Whenever you visit Cornwall — in the heat of summer or the depths of winter — chances are you’ll be tucking into a piping hot pasty at some point during your trip. As a team of Cornish folk born and bred, we at Forever Cornwall think there’s nothing worse than a dry, tasteless pasty, so to help you avoid disappointment on holiday, we thought we’d round up our favourite pasties throughout the county — all tried and tested by the Forever Cornwall team, of course.
Morris Pasties, Newquay
Made to a secret family recipe, these flavoursome pasties are made just down the road in St Colomb using meat sourced through the family butchers. They deliver within the UK so you can still get your pasty fix long after the holiday’s over.
Delicious pasties from this farm shop a couple of miles from Gwithian. If you’re planning a day at the beach, make sure you put in your order early to avoid disappointment! The restaurant onsite also does excellent food at lunchtimes.
Philps in Hayle (also in Marazion, Porthleven and Helston)
Established in 1958 and still run by the same family today, Philps produces some of Cornwall’s finest pasties. They have two bakeries in the town; one on the main road south and another on the quay. They also deliver if you can’t get to the shop in person. Expect long queues in the summer!
Hampsons of Hayle
This shop opened as a butcher in 1966 and now sells a range of delicious pasties, which you can watch being filled and crimped as you browse for other goodies in the deli and shop. They also have another outlet across town.
St Ives Bakery
This little bakery on Fore Street in the heart of the town has been making delicious pasties using traditional, artisan methods for over twenty years. Their window is full of delicious baked treats, like their moorish sweet pastries and legendary raspberry meringues.
Ann’s love affair with pasties started when she was roped in to help her mother make some for an agricultural fair. Thirty years on and Ann has become one of south Cornwall’s best-loved pasty-makers, with shops in Porthleven, Mullion, Helston, and Truro.
Widely regarded as the best pasties in south Cornwall (by the southern-dwelling members of the Forever Cornwall team, anyway!) Gear Farm pasties are made using organic ingredients from the farm and have won many awards.
The Village Butchers in Mylor Bridge
This family butchers in the creekside village of Mylor, north of Falmouth, makes pasties and other baked goods such as sausage rolls and pastries. The village shop and deli also sells plenty of other local produce to stock up on.
With shops in Truro and Mevagissey, the friendly folk behind this popular outlet has been making pasties for well over twenty years. Don’t leave without trying one of their sweet treats, such as the pastel de nata, or the apple, rhubarb and custard pasty.
Cornwall (and therefore the world’s) oldest pasty maker, established in 1860, deserves a special mention here. With 40 shops around the South West, they may be ubiquitous but are a convenient choice when you’re out and about in Cornwall.
Made in Falmouth and one of the biggest chains in Cornwall with shops all over the county, from Wadebridge to Penzance, Rowe’s has been producing tasty pasties since the 1940s.
The Cornish Oven
This family-run, friendly outlet has been operating for over twenty years with all ingredients coming from within a 15-mile radius of their pasty HQ in Pool, south Cornwall. They also sell delicious sweet treats, coffees and sandwiches.
This may be a mainstream brand which you’ll find in various local shops but we think these pasties are still very good. You can pick up frozen pasties to take home with you at their HQ at Scorrier just off the A30.