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Cornish pasty fix

Old Nov 22, 19, 6:44 am
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Cornish pasty fix

Bit of a wild shot here ... but does anyone have a recommendation of where to get a decent Cornish pasty (served warm) near LHR?

My wife (Chinese) has decided that this pretty much is her favorite UK food (with the exception of a fried breakfast - but we already have that covered the next day) and we have an overnight stopover coming up in Jan where we will need to grab dinner somewhere.

I haven't booked a hotel yet so am open to suggestions, and no problem to walk up to a mile (actually a decent walk would be good after the long Beijing to London flight) from a hotel to a pub/restaurant if anyone has seen a place with this on the menu. Thanks!
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Old Nov 22, 19, 7:08 am
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It's tricky - a pasty is more of a lunchtime food that you buy from a bakery, and you'll tend to find pubs around London will only be serving mediocre reheated ones at best.

I'd generally say that the best pasty around London would be from the West Cornwall Pasty Co.

(Also bear in mind that a genuine Cornish Pasty has to be made in Cornwall. Otherwise, well, it's a corny pastiche...)

There is a WCPC in Ealing Broadway station (direct train from Heathrow). While that's hardly a dinner destination, there's nothing to stop you from enjoying the pasty and moving on to a pub - there's a fair few good ones there.
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Old Nov 22, 19, 11:55 pm
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Originally Posted by stut View Post
It's tricky - a pasty is more of a lunchtime food that you buy from a bakery, and you'll tend to find pubs around London will only be serving mediocre reheated ones at best.

I'd generally say that the best pasty around London would be from the West Cornwall Pasty Co.

(Also bear in mind that a genuine Cornish Pasty has to be made in Cornwall. Otherwise, well, it's a corny pastiche...)

There is a WCPC in Ealing Broadway station (direct train from Heathrow). While that's hardly a dinner destination, there's nothing to stop you from enjoying the pasty and moving on to a pub - there's a fair few good ones there.
Thanks for the reply - WCPC will certainly work for us - I had forgotten they have places all over now. It looks like maybe a Hatton Cross Hilton stay might be good for us then (tube to South Ealing then a reasonable walk from there). And if we coincidentally walk past a decent pub, it would be churlish not to pop in and remind myself what real ale tastes like (or at least the best approximation you can get in London).

No time for us this trip for a detour to the south-west coast for the real thing - but compared to the horrors of a Chinese imitation (they do exist ...) WCPC/Ginsters will do just fine! Actually I can see from Google Maps now that that there is a Ginster's distribution center somewhere near Heston, so maybe we'll just hang around there and see if one falls of the back of a lorry
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Old Nov 23, 19, 12:45 am
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If youíre happy with Ginsters (really?) then you can probably get one in a petrol station or cornershop in any of the towns/villages near Heathrow.

WCPC is certainly better than that though.
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Old Nov 23, 19, 3:22 pm
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Another vote for West Cornish. I had my first one in Waterloo station years ago and was quite impressed that I could get something that good in a railway station.
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Old Nov 23, 19, 6:58 pm
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Originally Posted by GinFizz View Post
No time for us this trip for a detour to the south-west coast for the real thing - but compared to the horrors of a Chinese imitation (they do exist ...) WCPC/Ginsters will do just fine! Actually I can see from Google Maps now that that there is a Ginster's distribution center somewhere near Heston, so maybe we'll just hang around there and see if one falls of the back of a lorry
Just to be clear, the WCPC pasties are made in Cornwall - they are shipped to outlets daily, to be cooked at the concession.

As it happens, they and Ginsters have a common owner. But if you can't find a WCPC in a location that suits, I'd suggest looking for an alternative like The Pasty Shop (a slightly dearer and not quite as good alternative, that jostles WCPC for space in travel hubs) or, if pushed, from the ubiquitous Gregg's. It won't be quite the same, but still streets ahead of Ginsters.
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Old Nov 24, 19, 8:37 am
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Originally Posted by GinFizz View Post
Thanks for the reply - WCPC will certainly work for us - I had forgotten they have places all over now. It looks like maybe a Hatton Cross Hilton stay might be good for us then (tube to South Ealing then a reasonable walk from there). And if we coincidentally walk past a decent pub, it would be churlish not to pop in and remind myself what real ale tastes like (or at least the best approximation you can get in London).
You very much can get 'real' real ale all over London! Obviously not all pubs are equal, and some do a better job of looking after it than others, plus the selection on offer can vary a great deal, but any decent pub (or indeed half decent one) should be able to satisfy your need.
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I think you might just have offended an entire county - or even country - by putting Ginsterís in the same league as WCPC!

The latter is a refrigerated, long-life convenience store product.
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Old Nov 26, 19, 2:05 am
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Originally Posted by mad_rich View Post
I think you might just have offended an entire county - or even country - by putting Ginsterís in the same league as WCPC!

The latter former is a refrigerated, long-life convenience store product.
I've corrected that for you
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Old Nov 26, 19, 4:43 am
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Old Feb 23, 20, 9:11 am
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On a side note: Our group will have a few hours in LHR. Q: Any pasties to be found airside?
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Old Feb 24, 20, 4:47 am
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Originally Posted by dlouise37 View Post
On a side note: Our group will have a few hours in LHR. Q: Any pasties to be found airside?
Depends which terminal, but most have some form of fast food / junk food outlet which might sell pasties. But you may not wish to eat them.
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