Cornish pasties were said to have been invented to provide an easy-to-carry meal for tin miners in the English county of Cornwall. These days they are a hearty feed for Kiwis who have been converted, often by ex-pat British friends or relatives.
But they are hard to find and the best examples need to be tracked down. We’ve done the work for you.
5 top places to buy Cornish pasties in New Zealand
Hobbs Wharf Market, Gulf Harbour (Sunday) & The Plaza, Whangaparaoa (Friday)
Chef Sean Kellingray makes a range of traditional gourmet products including Cornish pasties (meat or vegetarian), as well as pork pies, sausage rolls and fruit pies. The Kitchen Door provides a home delivery service to Aucklanders.
131 Westend Rd, Westmere, Auckland
This award-winning butchery makes weekly batches of Cornish pasties. They also provide other ex-pat treats such as pork pies, white and black pudding, haggis and Scotch pies.
Papamoa Plaza, Papamoa, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
As the name suggests, this butchery specialises in ex-pat offerings such as Cornish pasties, and a range of other products including pork pies, black pudding, faggots and Scotch eggs.
19 Victoria St, Cambridge, Waikato
This bakery sells directly from the oven, or to order, and at farmers markets in Cambridge, Hamilton, Rotorua, Taupo and Tamahere (between Cambridge and Hamilton). Their options include vegetarian (spinach, feta and sun-dried tomato, or cheese and onion), as well as traditional beef, lamb and mint or beef, ale and blue cheese.
46 Glasgow St, South Dunedin, Dunedin, Otago
This business was launched by Lancastrian Steven Turner in 2008 and he’s been selling hand made pies and pasties at the Otago Farmers Market and through his online store. He only bakes every 21 days to ensure his customers get quality (and freshly made product), and his range includes wild hare, steak and Bluff oyster pies, as well as his sought-after pork pies.
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