Typical Cornish Food

Don’t miss out on the most delicious local produce whilst on a break in Cornwall

Apart from great sea views, stunning scenery and a laid back atmosphere Cornwall also offers a great variety of local specialities. To make sure that you don’t miss out on the delicious delights of Cornwall we have put together a list with the most popular local foods and drinks.

Popular Cornish specialities:Local cornish food

Cornish Pasty
The all time favourite traditional Cornish pasty is filled with beef, sliced or diced potato, swede (also known as a yellow turnip or rutabaga – referred to in Cornwall as turnip) and onion, seasoned with salt and pepper, These days pasties are available with many different fillings including vegetarian variations, lamb and chicken. Great on a cold day,  for lunch, picnics and on the beach especially whilst on holidays with children.

Stargazy pie
Stargazy pie (also called starrey gazey pie) is a dish made of baked pilchards, eggs and potatoes, covered with a pastry crust. There are various forms with different fish being used but the unique feature of stargazy pie is fish heads (and sometimes tails) protruding through the crust, so that they appear to be gazing skyward. This allows the oils released during cooking to flow back into the pie.

Cornish Cream Tea
The Cornish Cream Tea is tea served with fresh Cornish scones, Cornish clotted cream and jam. It was traditionally served with a “Cornish split”, a slightly sweet white bread roll, rather than a scone. The warm scone is first buttered, then spread with strawberry jam, and finally topped with a spoonful of clotted cream. In Devon the cream will be spread on the scone first topped by the jam.

Cornish Yarg
This semi-hard cow’s milk cheese is made from the milk of Friesian cows. Before being left to mature, it’s wrapped in nettle leaves to form an edible rind. Textures vary from creamy and soft to a cheese-like crumbly texture in the middle. The tasty cheese can be found in small Cornish shops on at the Famers’ Market. Also very tasty is Cornish Brie.

Hevva cake
The Hevva cake is made from flour, lard, butter, milk, sugar and raisins and originates in Cornwall.

Cornish Wine/Ale & Cider
Did you know that Cornwall has several vineyards and also produces their own beer and cider?
Why not take part in a winery tour on your short break in Cornwall? For a tour or to discover
the local beverages take a look at the following:

Cornish Vineyards:

–          Knightor Winery and Restaurant (near St. Austell)

–          Award winning Camel Valley (near Bodmin)

–           Bosue Vineyard (near St. Austell)


Cornish Breweries:

–          St. Austell Brewery

–          Skinner’s Brewery

–          Sharp’s Brewery

–          Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm

Are you feeling hungry (or thirsty) now? We suggest to try at least two of the local products next time you are on a break in Cornwall. And please, do let us know which ones you liked best. Looking forward to hearing from you!