Appetite for pasties sees business expand

Monday, August 20th 2012- PLYMOUTH HERALD

A CITY centre restaurant and takeaway has an appetite for expansion after selling a whopping 110,000 pasties in its first year.

The Original Pasty House, launched with a £150,000 investment last summer, has seen trade boom since adding Plymouth to its Tavistock branch, and is now due to open another outlet, this time in Exeter.

And business has been so good in Plymouth that owner Nigel Eadie has added an extra 15 staff to the 40 he started with in the city, and promoted five of them to management level.

“It’s been exceptional,” he told The Herald. “We had quite high expectations and thought it would do well in Plymouth – but they have been surpassed.

“We thought it would take 18 months or so to get where we are today. We’re delighted with how well the business is doing.”

Mr Eadie sells pasties made especially for the business by a supplier in Cornwall.

He takes pride in using local fresh ingredients and said 60 per cent of the pasties are eaten in the restaurant – where there are 36 covers inside and 48 outside – the rest taken away.

The venture has also added services such as office deliveries and buffets.

The business, which has seen turnover increase by 80 per cent since opening in Plymouth, also sells other food, which is prepared on-site – there is not enough room to make the pasties at the Armada Way outlet, however.

Mr Eadie was formerly a management consultant in Cambridgeshire with extensive experience within the restaurant sector.

He visited Tavistock and spotted the potential of a business on West Street, bought it in 2003, despite it not being for sale, and moved his family to the South West.

When the Tavistock base hit 130,000 pasty sales a year it was time to expand to Plymouth, where he took over the Armada Way premises formerly used by the Body Shop.

Mr Eadie said he has been helped by Plymouth City Council, the City Centre Company and the Business Improvement District, in getting established.

“There’s huge progress being made in this city,” he said, highlighting events at the piazza, and the “ambience and atmosphere” in the city centre as factors boosting business.

“People want to feel a buzz about the place,” he said. “We are looking at a site in Exeter which will probably come on line in the middle to third quarter of next year,” he added.

“But Plymouth will continue to do well. And pasties are becoming more popular. It’s an iconic product which will fill you up with good ingredients and it’s portable.”

The Original Pasty House sells 13 different pasty fillings – but when it comes to naming a favourite Mr Eadie said: “It’s like asking (a parent) who’s your favourite child, I couldn’t possibly say.

“But I do like chicken and chorizo, which is quite spicy.”

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