Best Part: The cheese straws (from Simmons)
While the weather is still fine if not warm (at the time of writing it is neither), you might consider grabbing a Cornish Pasty from the transparently titled “West Cornwall Pasty Company” and taking it to the Vintry Gardens. You could probably even take it back to your desk but the lovely warm smell might make your colleagues jealous. There is some scant seating but it is not comfortable, encouraging diners to move along please.
I went to University in the West Country and managed to go for four years without eating a real pasty. Now I live in the Home Counties it seems the time to do it. I even make them sometimes. If you like pies it makes a lot of sense. Just stuff everything in the pasty, meat, veg and all and tuck in; how sensible. They are quite creative at “The Cornish Pasty Company” I had a vegetable curry pasty, son 1 had a butter chicken one, husband had a Steak & Ale, son 2 refused to engage so we had to go to Simmons for him.
The price was heftier than I expected. Pasties were around £7 which was a bit steep for a takeaway and our drinks were about £2 which was standard but still annoying. Therefore for 3 people it cost around £26. It was cheaper at Abigails for 4 people eating in.
Anyway, the taste. My pasty was absolutely gorgeous. It was sweet and spicy inside and the pastry itself was crispy and comforting. My son gave moist of the Butter Chicken pasty to his father as it was too curried for his liking. Not a great success. He should have stuck to a traditional Cornish one and indeed would have done so if he liked onion and minced beef. As it is he likes a fair few things but we still couldn’t find something to his satisfaction. Potentially this is not the place to take children who aren’t also tin miners.
Mr Midweek Lunch regretted his rash choice of s Steak & Ale Pasty. He only went from it because there was a limited choice of ones in large, and it was wholemeal to add insult to mediocre flavour. Then as we left through the second door he spotted a whole range of tastier options, many in large size. But it was too late then, too late by far. Anyway the flavour was a bit cloying, and he much preferred his son’s leftovers, nibbled as they were. In general, he tends to prefer Pasties from East Cornwell anyway.
As for the cheese and bacon turnover from Simmons, it looked delicious but no doubt our son made a fuss about it as he usually does about any food we serve him. It did, however, allow us to pick up a Cheese Straw each. I would recommend these whole-heartedly, full of mature melty cheddar flavour with a dash of mustard. For the price we could have had 6 of these each, which would have been a more satisfying meal though potentially not that balanced.
It wasn’t a very successful lunch but I still think it is worth a visit if you want a warming treat and are happy to pay a bit over the odds for it.