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Thursday, October 17, 2013

West Cornwall Pasty Co.

A few weeks ago, we tweeted about the limited edition West Cornwall Pasty Co.'s Sunday lunch pasty, and eventually we were too curious to not investigate and see if it could recreate the most quintessential of British meals. A fleeting addition to the menu, the limited edition Sunday lunch pasty was launched to coincide with British Roast Dinner Week.

Essentially, a roast beef dinner already contains most of the same important ingredients as a classic Cornish pasty, so the leap to a Sunday lunch pasty is not a great one. Rather than minced beef, the meat in the Sunday lunch pasty is distinctly thicker cut, but mixed with a serving of peas, chopped carrots and potatoes all covered in gravy, the resemblance to the original pasty is uncanny.

Being a fan of classic Cornish pasties (and pretty much anything else baked in pastry), it’s no insult to say that we struggled to tell the difference between the Sunday lunch and classic versions. The Sunday lunch pasty is a novelty and a talking point. Sadly, it is not destined to be a regular option at West Cornwall Pasty Co. given that it is not different enough from existing variants to make it a viable long-term part of the menu.

However, you'd have to go a long way to find a pasty that we didn't like. If you're looking for a quick snack or lunch on the go, you could do far worse than a West Cornwall Pasty Co. pasty. The classic recipe isn't broken, and doesn't need fixing. Gimmicks like the Sunday lunch pasty will come and go, but Cornish Pasties are a way of life.


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