Talking about food in Cornwall, you simply have to start with the pasty. What began as a humble miner’s lunch staple is now a globally recognised gastronomic phenomenon. And by the way, only a pasty made within the borders of the Duchy can legally be called a ‘Cornish’ pasty. Perhaps only the Cornish cream tea - clotted cream, jam and scones – challenges the pasty as the region’s culinary icon. Just make sure to put the jam on first if you want to avoid raised eyebrows from the locals.
Otherwise Cornwall offers seafood (pilchards, Newlyn crabs), saffron buns (a kind of tea cake), hevva cake (yes, it is heavy), Cornish fairings (the local biscuit) and a huge variety of locally produced cheeses.
There’s an equally varied offering when it comes to drinks. Cornwall is one of the few places in the UK to boast vineyards, producing award-winning still and sparking wine, and also has a wide range of craft gin producers. Beer and cider, from large producers like St Austell Breweries and Healey’s, to the dozens of microbreweries are very also popular.
Learn more about Food and Drink in the other Celtic Regions
- Breton Food and Drink
- Irish Food and Drink
- Manx Food and Drink
- Scottish Food and drink
- Welsh Food and Drink