Do I dare say Cornish Pasty in the title now that the pasty has won protected geographical indication (PGI) status, sort of like appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) for French wines. (Pronounced past-e not paste -e by the way.) The D-shaped short crust pastry traditionally filled with chunky pieces of meat, onion, swede/turnip, potato and spices now may not be called Cornish unless is has been assembled in the English county of Cornwall. Luckily they can baked elsewhere and still sold to those weary commuters in all of London’s train stations.
In order to be officially Cornish the crimped seal must be located on the side not on top like those in made in Devon. Legends states the pasty was originally designed for a tin minor’s lunch. The sublime side crimp acted like a handle to be eaten with grubby hands and disposed of when finished to avoid hand washing. Absolutely ingenious. Today the pasty is a backpacker’s cheap choice for lunch, an after work quickie and the post late night out grub.
So where to find an oggy, as it’s sometimes called in Cornwall, in London? The West Cornwall Pasty Company has outlets scattered all over London including Covent Garden where you can grab a pasty then head upstairs to the Cornish themed pub The Cove for a pint to wash it down. Pubs will also often offer the carb laden treat around lunchtime … although now couldn’t guarantee its authenticity.
Please share your favourite place for a pasty in London below.