Local Food of Cornwall

While you are out and about in Cornwall, you will find some great food and drinks that are sourced locally. From local Pasties to a traditional Cornish Cream Tea, all washed down with a locally produced range of drinks. You can always take some home when you leave.

Cornish Pasty

Cornish Pasty

True Cornish Pasties are only available in Cornwall, as you might expect. Originally made for the Cornish miners to take down the local mine by the wife for the husbands and even sons. A pastry made into a D shape is traditionally stuffed with potato, swede, onion and cheap meat. Miners would eat the pasty and throwaway the crust where they held it, as this would have dirt and other contaminates in it.
Families have their own way of making the Pasty, so you find different variants all over Cornwall. Pasties are now made with all sorts of ingredients, but you must try a traditional steak pasty.
Here are a few :- Apple & Blackcurrant Pasties, Cheese & Onion Pasties, Lamb & Mint Pasties, Vegetarian Pasties, Turkey & Cranberry Pasties, Meat & Veg Pasties and many more are added by the day.

Stargazy Pie

Stargazy Pie

This one is not for me, but here goes. Stargazy Pie is, a buttery pastry filled with white sauce, eggs, potato and pilchards. The unusual thing is that the heads of the pilchards are sticking out from beneath the pastry.
The pie originates from the fishing village of Mousehole in Cornwall. The pie is served to celebrate the bravery of Tom Bawcock, a local fisherman in the 16th century who on a stormy night took his boat out and caught enough fish to feed the village.

Cornish Cream Tea

Cornish Cream Tea

Made from a freshly baked scone, strawberry jam and clotted cream. In Cornwall the split scones are topped with jam and then cream, in Devon it is done the other way around. Normally the cream teas are served with tea or fresh coffee.

Cornish clotted cream

Cornish Clotted Cream

Can only be made in Cornwall, and is made by heating unpasteurized cow's milk in a shallow pan for many hours which causes the cream to rise to the surface and "clot.". Clotted cream can be purchased anywhere in Cornwall in various sizes.

Saffron Buns

Saffron Buns

Saffron Buns are a rich bun in a bright yellow colour that comes from the saffron flavouring. You can eat them fresh from the baker or with a little butter and jam to add some more flavour. You can even toast these buns with some Cornish butter.

Cornish Yarg

Cornish Yarg

Cornish Yarg (founder's name Gray spelt backwards) is a cheese wrapped in nettles. Tasting a bit like Caerphilly and is a hard cheese which is hand wrapped. With great flavour and texture and a good level of crumble.

Hevva Cake

Hevva Cake

Made from only five ingredients; self-raising flour, butter, mixed dried fruit, sugar and milk. Basically a fruit cake with a top with a criss-cross pattern that represents the fishing nets inspired by its origins. These are great for taking home.

A full Cornish breakfast

A full Cornish Breakfast

The full Cornish breakfast differs slightly from a traditional English fry-up. A traditional hogs pudding replaces black pudding on the Cornish version of the fry-up. Hogs pudding is a white sausage made using pork, breadcrumbs and herbs and it is served sliced and fried.”

Fresh seafood

Fresh Cornish Seafood

Cornwall has a large coastline packed with delicious seafood to be enjoyed. Traditional seaside fish and chips can reach a whole new dimension with fresh fish caught only hours before. Crab, Shellfish and Lobster can be found, when you are out and about. There are excellent seafood restaurants dotted across the county.

Cornish ice-cream

Cornish Ice-Cream

Cornwall is home to some of the best ice-cream makers in the UK. Some use using local clotted cream which tastes great. You will be able to find most flavours and some unusual flavours too.

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