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Some people love burgers, some love fish and chips but when it comes to fast food, nothing beats a pasty in my book. Many years ago, when I was training in Reading to become a Domestic Energy Assessor, at lunch time I would pop out to the main shopping centre to pick up a pasty from the West Cornwall Pasty Company shop opposite The Oracle. It was exactly what I needed.
Once I had completed my training there was no further need to visit Reading at least, not on a regular basis. So, no more pasties, well, not freshly baked ones anyway, and Ginsters really aren't quite the same.
Camberley has, like other towns, been suffering a loss of high street shops. So, a lot of empty shop units just waiting to be filled. Looking to remedy my pasty withdrawal symptoms I did contact the West Cornwall Pasty Company to suggest that they had an opportunity to corner the market, there not even being at that time a Greggs, by way of serious competition. I heard no more from them.
About a year later I noticed a new shop had opened - Real Cornish. Like West Cornwall, it is a café, selling take out food as well. Although they feature pasties of various different fillings, they also sell other similar foods, such as sausage rolls. These all are sold not just with different fillings but also in different sizes.
My favourite has always been the Traditional Pasty and my appetite is usually filled by the medium size. This currently costs around £2.85 to take away, which I usually do.
Their Traditional Pasty is generously filled and is truly traditional in ingredients. The flaky pastry is crisp, not soggy. The whole dish is a delight to eat and more than enough to set me up for the rest of the day. I have also tried their sausage rolls and I find these very enjoyable as well.
There is an extra benefit of getting your pasties from Real Cornish: they have a club card, similar to those issued by other fast food outlets such as Costa Coffee. For each pasty you buy, you card is stamped and once you have collected six stamps you are entitled to a free pasty!
Although it took a while for Real Cornish to come to our town, since they have been here they have been doing well, even against the nearby competition from a newly opened Greggs. Maybe there's one near you? If not, why not "Like" the Real Cornish page on Facebook and invite them to your town?