Beef and Stilton Pasties – Polperro, Cornwall

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A few weeks back while the weather was still balmy, we went on a short weekend break to Cornwall. The Tweet has not tried living in a static caravan, let alone a touring park so I thought it’s a worthwhile for him to experience something which I think is quintessentially English. Went the whole hog and based ourselves at The Lizard which contains the most southerly point of the British mainland while we toured around the area. On the drive back home, we did an impromptu stop at the small fishing village of Polperro.

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One of the biggest gripes we had while driving around the area was parking, specifically not having change for the parking machines. Just look at how much they charge at Polperro! Take my advice, bring loads of coinage if you are in the area.

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While walking around the village, realised that we did properly ate of Cornwall’s famous food, pasty. I have always preferred the Steak and Stilton version to the traditional pasty so I went on the hunt for a couple of Steak and Stilton pasty as blog fodder.

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First stop is Tin Miners Pasty Shop which is located on the tourist trail from the car park to the harbour. I had high hopes for this shop as the pasties are baked in small batches in the oven behind the counter thus ensuring it is as fresh as it gets.

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Besides Steak and Stilton, there are many other varieties to chose from including vegetarian options. They even have dessert pasties! So wrong….

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The Steak and Stilton cost £2.65 and weigh 281g. The pasty looked well stuffed and the crimp is not too thick.

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Taste wise, I found this too salty. I know stilton cheese can be pretty salty but I don’t think the cheese is the culprit. Probably a heavy handed baker. The veg were cooked just right, not too mushy and while the beef was on the chewy side, it made a good contrast with the soft veg. Overall, this pasty would be perfect if it was less salty and had more stilton cheese.

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Next victim please! The Polperro Pasty Shop is also located on the tourist trail from the carpark to the harbour, nestled in amongst the row of shops on the left. Compared to the Tin Miners Pasty Shop, this looked more like your typical high street chain bakeries.

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There are also a variety of flavour option available and luckily, no dessert pasties! Phew… I was assured by the lady who served me that all the pasties are baked in the premise though I could see no oven. Probably at the back of the shop.

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At £2.85 and 331g, this cost slightly more than the Steak and Stilton from the Tin Miners. The pasty does not look as plump though it is heavier and it has a thicker crimp.

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Once again, the Steak and Stilton Pasty from The Polperro Pasty Shop was way too salty and I’m pretty sure the salt did not come from the cheese! The veg here was under done as I had to crunch my way though some of the spud bits. The beef was also chewy but somehow, the texture does not feel like unadulterated beef. It feels like beef that has been coated with corn starch, what you get from Chinese takeaways? The only good thing about this pasty is the stilton, here I can taste the cheese.

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It would seem that though I was in Cornwall, the best Steak and Stilton Pasty is still from the West Cornwall Pasty Company!

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