Article written for Compton and Crownhill Shopper – October 2011
The history of the pasty goes back as far as the 13th century, during the reign of Henry III. However it became more commonplace around the 16th & 17th century. The pasty attained its real ‘Cornish’ identity in the last 200 years. The pasty provided a perfect portable lunch, as its pastry case insulated the contents, and its wholesome ingredients provided enough sustenance to see miners and farmer-worker alike through their long days of arduous toil.
The evolution of the “D-shape” of the pasty has particular significance in relation to tin miners. The crust (crimped edge) provided a safe way to eat their pasty – whilst avoiding the risk of digesting the arsenic contaminated environment they were working within.
At the Original Pasty House we’ve tried to maintain the traditional values of hand crimped pasties, but added an extra dimension by offering 14 different fillings; from Spicy Chicken & Chorizo (very hot and very spicy – as you might expect!) to Steak & Ale (made with a terrific local West Country Ale). In addition we offer 5 different vegetarian options including: Tomato, Basil & Cheese, Cauliflower & Cheese & Mushroom & Cheese.
But you know, we are not only about pasties! We offer fair-trade coffee – prepared for you by our trained baristas, freshly baked baguettes, sandwiches, wraps, paninis and salads – all to eat-in or take-away. And if you have a sweet tooth, then you’ll love our great selection of home-made cakes: from delicious carrot cake & chocolate brownie, to our very traditional bread pudding, as well as freshly baked Danish pastries.
We also pride ourselves on employing dedicated, enthusiastic people who can deliver fast and friendly service.
In terms of our business practices; we strongly believe in the importance of sourcing as a many ingredients from local suppliers within the South West.
Equally we feel it’s very important to do what we can for the environment, and consequently we’re passionate about re-cycling all plastics, cans, paper and cardboard.
And for local Plymouth city-centre businesses, we offer a free delivery service, providing lunch orders, sandwich platters and buffet menus.
So why not try us next time you’re in town, whether you’d like a relaxing coffee, or an award winning pasty.