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Locals Secrets: Pasties & Cream Teas

When it comes to secrets of the locals, there’s nothing we guard closer than where to get the best pasties and cream teas! Luckily for our guests we’re doing a double-whammy blog post with BOTH pasties and cream teas featured, don’t say we don’t spoil you!

If you’re heading to Cornwall this year and looking for the perfect pasty spot or tried and tested cream tea hangout, we’ve featured some of our top favourites below.

For the perfect pasty…

PrimaScorrier, Redruth- World Champions! Prima are currently 2nd place in the World Pasty Championship and have been in the top 3 for the past 4 years. They have been baking delicious pasties, bread and other savory items for over 30 years. Tried & Tested by all of us here at the Merchant House as one of our suppliers, pop down to their shop only a 20 minute drive away is well worth it!

Ann’s, The Lizard/Helston – you can’t beat an Ann’s pasty! Handmade by Ann herself on the Lizard (she’s even been on telly for her pasty-making skills), these meaty pasties are hearty, large and filling. We love an Ann’s Pasty and find they are particularly good whilst hiking and exploring the Lizard Peninsula.

Choaks, FalmouthChoaks are one of the biggest secrets, only the Falmouth locals seem to know of the Choaks Cornish favourites. Meaty, peppery and downright delicious, there is always a queue for these at lunch time as the locals wait in line to make sure they’re ready to get one piping hot out of the oven!

Philps, Hayle – Perhaps the most famous of the locals secrets collection, Philps is the last word when it comes to proper Cornish pasties. Based in Hayle so you’re likely to make a trip just to try one, we’re telling you, it’s worth the drive! What makes them so amazing? It’s their special secret family recipe, baked since 1958 (they even have a VIP Pasty club mailing list so you can keep up with all things crimping!)

For the cream of the crop…

Lewinnick Lodge, Newquay – The only thing better than the cream tea at Lewinnick Lodge is the view! Breath-taking views overlooking the coast, expect light Cornish scones perfectly baked with a hearty amount of Cornish clotted cream (they don’t scrimp on the cream!)

The Waymarker, Constantine – crowned the champion of Truly Cornish Clotted Cream Tea at the Choose Cornish food and drink awards (need we say more?) the reputation of the Waymarker is unrivalled. Homemade scones uniquely shaped in a square and displayed on a stunning slate cake stand sourced from Delabole Slate. Tea from Tregothnan Estate, not too far from Merchant House and with Boddington’s strawberry jam in Mevagissey and Rodda’s clotted cream mean that this is as Cornish as Cornish Cream Tea gets! They even have a cream tea menu with multiple choices of scone flavours, what can we say? The Waymarker is the way forward when talking about Cream Teas!

Prima- Scorrier, Redruth- As well as the World Championship pasties, you can visit the shop at Prima and pick yourself up some delicious Homemade Scones, Patnicks’s Cornish Jam & Roddas Cornish Clotted Cream! Yummy!

So there you have it, pasties and cream teas galore! You’ll have to make sure you pay a visit to taste them for yourself if you get a chance in between scoffing our delicious Merchant House Home-made cake, offered complimentary to our guests!