The British Beer Company offers two types of pasties on our menu… but maybe you don’t know what a pasty is and have yet to give it a whirl?
If you’re a fan of meat pie, you’ll enjoy this savory dish, another comfort food from England. Its roots came from Cornwall in southwestern England, which some in the U.K. call the “English Riviera” for its miles of beautiful, sandy coastline beneath towering cliffs. For British telly fans, it’s where “Doc Martin” and “Poldark” are filmed and the area has inspired many novelists, including Daphne Du Maurier.
Cornwall was also known for tin mining, as fans of “Poldark” know. The ghostly tin mine shafts can still be seen throughout the moors of this scenic area.
The pasty supposedly originated with the Cornish miners in Devon; The Guardian newspaper writes that archivists have found the mention of a pasty in Devon city records dating back to 1509 and 1510.
Its semi-circular shape was an easy, packable lunch for the miners. It was traditionally filled with beef, sliced or diced potato, swede (also known as yellow turnip or rutabaga – referred to in Cornwall as turnip) and onion, seasoned with salt and pepper, and is baked.
The traditional Cornish pasty has since 2011 has Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in Europe (along with Champagne and Parma ham).
Pasty unfortunately rhymes with “nasty,” and not “tasty,” which it truly is!
British Beer Company offers two pasties on the menu: The Shepherd’s Pie Pasty which is filled with beef, peas, corn and carrots, and the New England Pasty, which is turkey and stuffing folded into a flaky pie crust, served with a side of cranberry sauce. Both are served with fresh vegetables and cheddar mashed potatoes.