Where to find the best Cornish pasty

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You haven't lived until you've eaten a pasty - in Cornwall. The traditional Cornish delicacy is one of the most well-known foods of the region, and there's often some discussion of where to find the best Cornish pasty - and other pasty imitations from popular bakery chains.

Greggs, for instance, were required to rename their Cornish pasty “beef and vegetable pasty” because it contains peas and carrots. History geeks will know that the Cornish don't traditionally use carrots, or peas.

The competition is fierce among our many small pasty makers up and down the Duchy, and everyone has their personal favourites, including those locals who'll say that “No one makes a pasty like my Nan.” We asked our Facebook followers for some of their recommendations, and here they are:

Barnecutts, who have been bakers in Cornwall for more than 80 years, and now run bakeries and cafés all over the county. They will even deliver Cornish pasties by post to tide you over outside the holiday season!

Warrens are award-winning pasty producers. They are also the oldest bakery in Cornwall, and one of the oldest remaining artisan/craft bakeries in the UK.

Warren's Bakery, the oldest Cornish pasty maker in the world Photo: Warrens Bakery

Chester Road Butchers in Newquay was the only butcher's shop to make the list, but make sure you check out their pasties if you're visiting the surfing capital of the UK.

Philps Pasties make everyone's list, not just because of their generous proportions but because of the quality traditional fare they turn out! They deliver all over Cornwall and the UK, or visit their shops in Hayle.

The Cornish Bakery in Mevagissey is a big winner on Tripadvisor. It's a pasty shop that also serves coffee and other cakes, with some interesting variations of pasty such as pork, apple and cider.

Horse and Jockey Bakery in Porthleven make everything from fresh, locally sourced ingredients at premises in Helston.

Gear Farm on the outskirts of Camborne sells a lot of tasty food, from bread and pizzas to fish, crab and vegetables. But their organic pasties have clearly caught the imagination of many visitors to the region.

Pengenna Pasties in Tintagel major in home-made pasties to traditional family recipes. Variants like vegetable pasties are also available.

Multi-award winning Chough Bakery make pasties and other delicious baked goods, available for home delivery or direct from their attractive shop on the harbour front in Padstow.

Ann's Pasty Shop in Lizard Village is reputed to sell excellent pasties with an unusual flaky pastry. Their main shop is in Helston.

Trevaskis Farm in Connor Downs is the second farm shop to get onto our list. Offering a broad food experience and farm days out for all the family, they also sell excellent pasties according to our sources.

If you’d like to come on a mouth-watering pasty tour of Cornwall, we have a great selection of self-catering cottages in Cornwall.