Sand between your toes, sea stretching out for miles before you, and a warm pasty in your hand. Perfect. We’re hard pushed to think of anything better than buttery pastry, filled to the brim with a hearty concoction of beef, potatoes, onion and swede – can you? Pair that with a postcard-worthy panorama and you’ve got it made. From pier to point, Cornwall’s got hundreds of pasty makers and bakers vying for the county’s crown – and we’re pretty sure we’ve sampled the lot. Because we love to share, we’ve rounded up some of the best spots to sit back and savour a standard steak (or veg).
Choaks, 30 Killigrew Street, Falmouth
With a pasty heritage stretching back over half a century, Choaks bakery has been a firm favourite with locals since it opened its doors in 1948. Pick up your pasty and head down to the Prince of Wales Pier, where you can tuck in while taking in the boats milling around the busy harbour.
Porthleven: Horse and Jockey
Horse & Jockey, 1 Commercial Road, Porthleven
A cosy town tucked back from the tide, you’ll be spoiled for choice when seeking out a spot to sit and drink in the views. Join the pasty queue usually snaking out of the door, before perching on the harbour wall and dangling your legs while boats bob beneath you. Stroll out to the breakwater at low tide, or simply watch the waves roll in on the shore as you wiggle your toes in the coarse sand and succumb to the scent of your pasty bag.
Tresillian: Mary's pasties
Mary’s Pasties, Tresillian Garden Centre, Tresillian
Taught to crimp pasties by her aunt when she was a girl, Mary’s Pasties has remained a family-centred business ever since. With daughters, nieces and sisters alike all involved in turning out their pasty treats, you might even meet one of Mary’s clan when you pop by the tearoom at Tresilian Garden Centre. We guarantee you’ll be tucking in before you’ve started your engine.
Lizard: Ann's Pasties
Ann’s Pasties, Beacon Terrace Lizard
Seek out one of Ann’s pasties in the UK’s most southerly village on the Lizard. Nestled behind her bright yellow house, Ann’s known for serving up pasties with a reputation that precedes them. Once you’ve got yours in the bag, potter down to Lizard’s Point where you can gaze out at the waves while you polish off your pasty. But be quick, Ann’s pasties have sell out status, so get in before lunch, or go hungry.
Philps, Easy Quay Hayle
Are these Cornwall’s best pasties? Well, we certainly think they’re worth the trip. Set on the quayside of Hayle’s estuary, your nose will pick up the scent of flaky pastry before your eyes even see the sign – and the line. This is one wait that’s definitely worth it. With picnic views a short drive away, a lighthouse piercing the horizon and Sal cove a mere ten minutes drive away, you’ll have the pick of pasty spots at your fingertips.