The great Cornish Pasty tasting competition

So what is there to do in Cornwall on a glorious sunny February afternoon?  Pasty tasting on the beach of course!  This weekend we took it upon ourselves to to taste test local pasties for you.  We took a scientific approach, the judging criteria included:

  • pastry
  • quality of meat
  • amount of meat
  • seasoning
  • overall taste.

Now, I am sure you will appreciate the seriousness of the competition.  We sampled pasties from Polgooth Village Shop, Queenies Shop (this is opposite our campsite River Valley Holiday Park), Crib Box (which is just off the Charlestown roundabout) and Pearce’s Butchers (ask Judith for directions – as her Dad swore by them).  Whilst this may not seem like the biggest list of pasties, believe me it is enough for Round One of the competition.

In third place was The Crib Box.  They were a little bland and looked like they needed to sit out longer in the sun as they were very pale.

In joint second place were the Polgooth Village Shop and Queenies.  The seasoning was very good – lots of pepper and the meat was lovely.

The surprise winner was Pearce’s Butchers.  Now I say surprise as our first mouthful was nice, but a little plain, however the more you ate the nicer it was and the pastry was scrummy.  Very flaky and lovely.

What is your favoutite pasty?  Do let us know so we can enter it in to future taste-offs.  For a more serious pasty competition why not visit the World Pasty Championships at The Eden Project.