Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cornish Get Crusty over Cumbria Pasty

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cornish Get Crusty over Cumbria Pasty

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Byline: By Ashley Broadley

An unsavoury row broke out yesterday between bakers in Cornwall and Cumbria - over the ever-popular Cornish Pasty.

Two weeks ago The Journal revealed how a firm in the picturesque former mining village of Nenthead was reviving the Miner's Pasty, which was popular during the region's heyday of lead, coal and copper extraction.

One brave pasty-lover has claimed it is tastier than the Cornish Pasty.

But Cornwall's bakers are fiercely protective of the "pasty" name and, worried that the new product could cause confusion for customers, have declared: "Bakers in Cumbria should stick to making Kendal Mint Cake."

Cumbria's Miner's Pasty and the Cornish Pasty both provided the staple lunch for men underground. The specially-baked delicacy was half-savoury and half-sweet, to provide a practical and easy-to-eat meal.

Traditionally, one end contained mince, vegetables and potatoes, with stewed apples at the other.

Claire Blake, spokesperson for the Moody Bakers, in Nenthead, said: "The idea behind the (Miner's) Pasty is similar to the origins of the Cornish Pasty, which was also created for tin miners. …

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