The Pasties of Penzance

Pasty from Ian Lentern butchers, Penzance
Pasty from Ian Lentern butchers, Penzance

Does Penzance have more pasty shops than anywhere else in Cornwall? The total number of establishments selling fresh hot pasties is now at 20.

When I moved to Penzance one of the first things I had to eat was, of course, a pasty. It was huge. Bigger than my head, and I couldn’t finish it. It was from Lavenders, and made here in the town. After that, I noticed the sheer number of establishments which sold pasties. And there began a most important piece of research. Is Penzance the pasty capital of Cornwall?

Here is a list of establishments that sell fresh, hot (as hot as the Pasty Tax allows, anyway) pasties, baked daily. In the town centre there are 18 19 20 such places. If you know of anywhere that isn’t on the list, tell me. If you know of any other town in Cornwall that has more pasty outlets, I want to know!

Takeaway Pasties

  • Lavenders (Alverton St)
  • Cindy’s (Alverton St)
  • Warrens (Alverton St)
  • AJ’s Eats and Treats (Causewayhead)
  • Rowes (Causewayhead)
  • Mounts Bay Pasty Company (Market Jew St)
  • Warrens (upper Market Jew St)
  • Pellows (Market Jew St)
  • Rowes (Market Jew St)
  • Warrens (lower Market Jew St)
  • Lavenders (Market Jew St)
  • Dreckleys Steakhouse (Wharf Rd)
  • Steamers (Penzance Station)
  • Chy an Clare News (St Clare St, allegedly baked by Lavenders)
  • Costcutters (Market Jew St, sells hot Rowes pasties)
  • Ian Lentern butchers (Chapel St)
  • Cornish Hen deli (Market Place)
  • All Day Takeaway & Ice Cream shop (Barbican & Coinagehall St junction)
  • Barbican Coffee Shop (Barbican Lane)

(19)

Pasties for Eat-in Only

  • Tremenheere Wetherspoons (Market Jew St)

(1)

Pasty and SwanThe best pasties in Penzance?

I’ve had a pasty for my croust (Cornish term for lunch, or just a time when you’re starving) from most of the places listed above. My personal preference is for a large pasty from the Mounts Bay Pasty Company. They’ve got plenty of sweetness and gravy, and the pastry is just right, and nice and buttery, with soft delicious meat. I do like a Lavenders pasty on occasion, but lately they’ve been a bit too salty for me. Warrens is probably the best “mass produced” baker’s pasty in Penzance. They’re actually made in St Just, so it’s still pretty local.

I need your help

Is Penzance truly the pasty capital of Cornwall? Have I missed somewhere? Probably! Leave a comment below and I’ll publish it and add to the list. Does your town have more pasty outlets? Prove it!

6 Replies to “The Pasties of Penzance”

  1. I wasn’t aware there were quite so many either! Must try some of those later this year – we tend to trawl up to Philps at Hayle for our fix of pastyness, but theirs can be very peppery.

    I assume you’re discounting the larger supermarkets that may have hot food counters, such as Tesco, Morrisons, Co-Op, etc from your list?

  2. Yes, I’m leaving out Tesco. Their Market Jew Street shop doesn’t sell pasties, and the Co-op only sell G*insters. Definitely not eligible!

    I do like Philps, and wish there was one in PZ.

  3. Philps is the undoubted champion as far as I am concerned. Best PZ pasty is Mount’s Bay Pasty Co. I am a Warrens girl over a Rowes girl. Lavender’s have great pastry but lately very salty fillings. Not keen on dear Lentern’s butcher’s pasties, too dry for me and I think they use chuck rather than skirt. They’re the kings of sausage rolls and scotch eggs, though!

    ANY PASTY THAT COMES OUT OF A PLASTIC PACKET IS NOT A PASTY. Thank you. Amen.

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