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We all love a good pasty here in the office – and so feel very lucky indeed to have some truly fabulous bakers close by!
There are many great pasty-makers out there, and of course everyone has their own personal favourite… These five, however, seem to get the most votes – in our office, at least.
Founded in 1949 by Mr Bill Rowe, this family bakery is one of Cornwall’s longest-standing favourites. Sticking to what they know best, Rowe’s mainstay is their delicious pasties – although they do now offer plenty of other snacks, pastries and sweet treats. They also offer frozen pasties – perfect for taking back home with you at the end of your holiday to enjoy at a later date!
Rowe’s have stores all over Cornwall: Camborne, Falmouth, Newquay, Penryn, Penzance, Saltash, Truro, Redruth, St Austell and Helston.
Another Cornish family business, Philps was founded by Sammy Philps in 1958. Using traditional baking methods and local produce to create their lovely pasties, Philps have become a firm favourite not only amongst locals but also with visitors to Cornwall. Why not try one of their lovely hampers full of Cornish goodies including local tea, scones, jam and saffron cake?
These delicious treats are handmade on the Lizard, using a recipe which has been passed down through the generations. Frozen and cooked pasties are available for delivery throughout mainland Britain, and they also offer Cornish Pasty Gift Boxes. In Cornwall, Ann’s Pasties have shops in Helston and the Lizard, and the pasties are also available from The Cornish Food Box Company, Picnic Cornwall, at Heartlands near Redruth, The Allotment Deli in St Ives and Green Star at Four Lanes.
JH & M Choak’s Bakery was established in Falmouth in 1948, by Joseph Henry and Magdalene Choak. Over the years their delicious pasties gained a reputation and in 1960 they moved to their current Killigrew Street premises. The shop is now run by son Charlie, an experienced pasty maker, having made his first pasty at age 6. He and his staff make the pasties in full view of the customers, so you can see all the locally sourced goodness they pack into each and every one!
You can even attend Pasty School where Charlie will teach you how to make them himself.
JH & M Choak’s Pasty School is also included in our list of Unusual Things to do in Cornwall.
Founded in North Cornwall in 1930 by Malcolm’s grandfather, Percy, Barnecutt’s is so popular, they’re opening up shops all over Cornwall! As well as the delicious pasties which taste almost homemade, Barnecutt’s offer a great range of breads, sandwiches, salads, cakes and buns – so there’s something for everyone. They even do pasties by post!