Where To Find The Best Cornish Pasties in Cornwall

Looking for award winning pasties? Check out our top 5 places.

Posted on 19-06-24, updated on 05-07-24By: Claire S. | 5 minute read

Hand Made Cornish Pasty

The National Symbol of Cornwall - the pasty

The Cornish pasty is more than just a pastry; it's a cherished tradition passed down through generations, originating from the mining communities of Cornwall. This robust and filling meal has been a part of history for centuries, providing miners with a portable sustenance during their gruelling hours underground. The pasty's unique design—with its thick crust and crimped edge—wasn't merely decorative but served an essential purpose.

Miners could hold onto the crust while enjoying their meal, avoiding contact with dusty hands and making it both convenient and practical. Even today, the Cornish pasty holds a special place in many hearts—not only for its historical importance—but because it delivers an undeniably delightful taste that's truly satisfying.

For generations, pasties have been a cornerstone of the Cornish diet. Yet, there's an old belief among fishermen that bringing a pasty aboard is bad luck, so they always leave them onshore before setting sail. Miners had their own customs too; they'd leave a small piece of pastry in the mine for the spirits to guide them towards riches. And there's even a legend that says the Devil stays clear of Cornwall because he fears being baked into one!

Did you know that the beloved Cornish pasty enjoys special recognition under EU Protected Food Names legislation, much like Yorkshire puddings and Champagne? This means that to genuinely call it a Cornish pasty, it must be made right in the heart of Cornwall.

Bude seafront

Grab a Cornish Premier pasty and enjoy on the golden sands of Bude

Cornish Premier Pasties

Founded in 2008 by a dedicated team of former butchers and bakers, CPP has been crafting over 30,000 pasties, sausage rolls, and slices each day. These delicious treats might not have a storefront of their own, but they're definitely worth seeking out. Consistently earning top honours in the Cornish Company category at the World Pasty Championships—taking home gold and silver awards year after year—CPP's offerings stand out for their quality.

While you can find CPP products throughout Cornwall, one delightful spot to enjoy them is Bude's Lower Wharf. Here, both the Spilt Bean takeaway hatch and the Lock Gates Café serve these award-winning pasties with beautiful surroundings to match. Keep an eye out—you won't want to miss these gems.

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Ann's Pasties, The Lizard

Ann's Pasties, The Lizard

Ann's Pasties, The Lizard

Ann's journey into pasty-making began during a challenging time. Her mother, a skilled professional in the art of making pasties, faced overwhelming demand at an agricultural fair in Brittany. She started small by crafting these delicious pastries for her neighbours. They showed their appreciation through gifts of freshly caught fish or home-grown vegetables, nurturing a tight-knit community spirit. From these humble beginnings, she soon took her creations to a market stall in Helston and later opened a shop in Porthleven.

Eventually, Ann transformed her garage on the Lizard into a bustling pasty kitchen. The dedication and love poured into every batch have allowed the business to thrive over the years. Now, with trade booming her son Fergus has joined the venture—ensuring this family tradition continues strong for generations to come.

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Chough Bakery, Padstow

Chough Bakery, Padstow

Chough Bakery, Padstow

Forty years ago, Elaine and Rob Ead brought The Chough Bakery to life in Padstow, and it has thrived ever since right by Padstow harbour. Nestled in one of Cornwall's most beloved tourist spots, this bakery holds a special place in many hearts.

The mouth-watering steak for their pasties is sourced from Williams and Son, an award-winning butcher located just upriver in Wadebridge. This isn't just any recipe; it's a masterpiece refined through years of love, dedication, and hands-on experience.

At the core of Cornwall's bustling tourism hub lies this cherished bakery that prides itself on using only the finest Cornish produce. Elaine and her devoted team are committed to delivering traditionally made Cornish pasties and treats that have earned them well-deserved accolades. Their passion shines through every delicious bite.

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Cornish Pasty in Cornwall

Fresh from the oven at Philps

Philps of Hayle

Philps are deeply committed to using only the finest ingredients in all their products. They firmly believe that the excellence of the ingredients is foundational to everything they create—especially the cherished Cornish pasties. The Philps pasties are lovingly crafted by local bakers following traditional Cornish methods, which has earned theem recognition and accreditation from the Cornish Pasty Association.

Whenever possible, they source all of their premium pasty ingredients from local farmers and merchants in Cornwall. By staying true to these roots and prioritising quality over quantity, they're able to ensure that every bite of their bakery goods remains uncompromised. They're not a mass producer; instead, they are dedicated artisans who take immense pride in delivering wholesome goodness with each product they bake.

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St Just, Cornwall

Cornish tin mines

Warrens, St Just

From the cobbled streets of St. Just, two Cornish families joined hands through marriage and began sharing their heartfelt love for baking. Their Cornish Pasties and Saffron Cakes soon won the hearts of miners, farmers, and the local community. Now, 160 years later, Warrens is honoured to be the world's oldest Cornish pasty producer, nourishing families through generations. Today, you can find 40 bakeries across the West Country and into South Wales.

With secret family recipes and the finest fresh ingredients at their core, their hand-crimped pasties and treasured cakes truly make life sweeter. Beyond the delicious traditional pasties and savoury treats, they proudly provide a range of specially crafted Vegetarian and Vegan options.

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Cornish Pasty

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The Cornish pasty is a beloved traditional dish that has stood the test of time for good reason. Its delicious combination of flaky pastry and savoury filling is a true delight for the taste buds. The rich history behind the pasty only adds to its allure, making it a must-try for anyone visiting the region. As you bite into the perfectly baked crust and savour the flavorful filling, you'll understand why this iconic dish has become a staple in Cornish cuisine. Whether you're a local who grew up eating pasties or a curious visitor eager to try something new, indulging in Cornwall's best Cornish pasty is sure to be a memorable culinary experience that will leave you craving more. Don't miss out on the opportunity to taste this culinary masterpiece that has captured the hearts and taste buds of so many.

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