Where to get a Christmas pasty in Cornwall?
Christmas is just around the corner, and there are a variety of different ways people celebrate the occasion. Cornwall, which is known for its scones, rich history and pasties, is no different as each year the county’s pasty shops and manufacturers, both large and small, get in the Christmas spirit by offering a whole load of festive variations.
The festive period is a popular time to visit the county and if you are staying at one of the holiday parks in Cornwall this year, then something that should be on your bucket list of things to do is to try one of the iconic Christmas pasties during your trip to the Duchy.
In this guide, we take a look at where you can get a Christmas pasty in Cornwall, and we have spoken to some experts who share their insider knowledge.
Best places to try Christmas pasties in Cornwall?
- The Cornish Oven Shop
- Gear Farm
- Rowe’s Cornish Bakers
- Philps Pasties
- South Coast Bakery
The Cornish Oven Shop
The Cornish Oven Shop is on Jelbert Way and is your last chance to buy a pasty before heading down to Land’s End, or the end of the country. You could also turn your visit into a road trip and head down the A30 to the stunning Minack Theatre or head across Mounts Bay to the iconic St Michaels Mount.
The Cornish Oven Shop doesn’t just serve some of the best Cornish pasties in the area, you can try some delicious Christmas pasties as well.
Helen Boss from the Cornish Foodie blog told us that she recommends heading to the Jubilee Pool in Penzance and then heading to The Cornish Oven Shop for one of their Christmas pasties after.
“One of my favourite days out is to the Jubilee Pool in Penzance. This beautiful Art Deco lido with its colourful changing cabins and stark white surrounds is unique. Filled with seawater, and in part, warmed by geothermal energy, you’ll experience the past and the future in one glorious outing. One of the best bits of the trip is to treat yourself to lunch after your exercise, or spa experience.
“No visit to the pool would be complete without a stop at The Cornish Oven shop for a warming pasty. And what better at this time of year than to choose their Christmas pasty? Yes, that’s right! Flaky, golden pastry wrapped around succulent turkey, cranberry, and stuffing, along with classic vegetables – a modern twist on a traditional favourite. Just like the Jubilee Pool.”
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Location: St Martin near Helston
The Gear Farm Pasty Company was founded back in 1999 and has been making fresh pasties by hand using traditional methods and ingredients every day since.
They might be famed for their traditional pasties, but they also have a Christmas pasty recipe that is well worth trying.
Taor McDougall from Potluck Cornwall highly recommends getting a Christmas pasty from Gear Farm: “My personal recommendation (for the best place to buy a Christmas pasty) is Gear Farm.
“All their pasties are incredible, but the Christmas Pasty is a winner with large pigs in blankets in the middle.
The pasty is full to bursting with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, onion, turnip, cranberry sauce, and with a giant ‘pig in blanket’ running through the centre!
“You must call them to book before heading that way an hour before to pick them up as they are very popular. Their number is 01326 221150.”
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Locations: Bodmin, Wadebridge, Liskeard, Rock, St Austell, St Merryn, Newquay, Launceston, Pool
Barnecutts has more than 10 stores and pasty shops across Cornwall and Plymouth with the majority being located in North and South East Cornwall. Despite the number of stores located across the county, it is still a family-owned and run business and has a history of making pasties that dates back multiple decades.
Whilst you can enjoy a variety of pasties at Barnecutts, one of its most-loved, especially during this time of the year is its Christmas dinner pasty. Their Christmas offering of a turkey, cranberry, and stuffing pasty boasts delicious pastry and is known for having plentiful amounts of meats.
Their Christmas pasty is affordable and is something you should try during your festive trip to Cornwall. Barnecutts also has a range of other pasties that you can try during your visit, from a traditional Cornish pasty to cheese and onion pasties.
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Rowe’s Cornish Bakers
Locations: Falmouth, Truro, Camborne, Penryn, Redruth, Newquay, Penzance, Saltash, Launceston, St Austell, Helston
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Whilst most Christmas pasties include turkey and cranberry flavours, Rowe’s Cornish Bakers has a Christmas Dinner pasty which is an easy-to-eat representation of everything you look forward to on Christmas Day.
Their hand-crimped festive pasties are filled with turkey, ham, vegetables and stuffing in a creamy sauce and are a popular choice for many.
Rowe’s Cornish Bakers are one of the oldest Cornish bakeries in the county and in previous years they have been crowned as the World Pasty Champion in the Company category. They have a variety of pasties, so no matter what the weather, there is a pasty right for every occasion.
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Locations: Hayle, Marazion, Praze-an-Beeble, Helston, Camborne, Porthleven
Philps Pasties has a small chain of pasty shops located in the west of Cornwall and the family-owned bakery is famed for making some of the best pasties you can eat.
Philps Pasties might be best known for their pasties, which include gluten-free and vegan pasties, but they also serve delicious salads, sweet treats, and drinks.
Philps Pasties make a turkey Christmas Pasty that you can buy during the festive period, and this consists of turkey, stuffing, cranberry and vegetables. There is also a Vegan Christmas Pasty you can buy at this time of the year which has stuffing, cranberry and vegetables.
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South Coast Bakery
Location: Looe and Polperro
Their Christmas pasty is stuffed with turkey, cranberry sauce, sage and onion stuffing, herby sausage meat, potato, onion and swede. All of their Christmas pasties are seasoned and wrapped in a signature flaky pastry.
The South Coast Bakery is well worth a visit as this small Cornish family business has been making pasties for decades and from their two stores, you can try a variety of pasties including steak, steak and stilton, cheese and bacon and minted lamb.
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These are just some of the best locations in Cornwall where you can buy a Christmas pasty and if you are visiting the county, we would highly recommend trying this seasonal treat.