The Cornish Pasty is one of the most iconic tastes of a vacation in Cornwall. Traditionally made with meat, swede and potato covered in pastry it was the daily meal for the thousands of tin miners who worked underground in the Nineteenth century.
Today there are pasties that are mass produced and available from supermarkets and food stands. For a first time visitor it is important to taste the real thing, particularly when people are concerned about the source of food products.
Enter Hampsons of Hayle. This is a small butcher's shop in this Cornish town that sells local meats and cakes but also bakes the most delicious pasties. If I had to recommend one place in Cornwall to buy a pasty Hampsons would be that shop. It is recognisable on a Saturday morning by the queues of people outside the door waiting to buy. At Hampsons you can be assured the produce is local and the pasty is made on the premises.
Cornish pasties are ideal for a picnic on the beach.
The other great way to taste a genuine cornish pasty is to have one made for you by a local because each Cornish person usually learns the tradition from their mother or grandmother (the way I was taught). That is an invitation not to be refused!