If you are about to visit Fowey or any town in Cornwall, make sure to look for these Cornish delicacies. While some of them may resemble the food that you have already eaten or tasted at least once in your life, you will come to appreciate why some of the worlds most famous celebrity chefs and Michelin Starred culinary experts make Cornwall their home.
Cornwall has always been associated with Cornish Pasty. Fowey makes one of the best in the region. This short crust pastry stuffed with rutabagas, potatoes, onions, and beef from the cows that graze Cornwalls greeneries. Only Cornwall has the right to call theirs Cornish Pasty after earning Europes Protected Geographical Indication recognition. Fowey is peppered with shops and bakeries selling Cornish pasties of all varieties. Pick up a few and enjoy in the luxury of your Fowey cottage or hotel. Or better still do as the locals do and eat yours on the Old Quay in the centre of town.
If you are in Fowey, you simply must try the Stargazy Pie. Imagine fish heads or the head of crustaceans and other seafood sticking their heads out from the pie and you have what has to be Cornwalls second most famous dish the Stargazy Pie. The rich creamy pie comes bursting with flavours from local ingredients amplified by bacon, mustard, eggs, onions, and other ingredients that are locally grown. Youll never look at pies differently again, especially when you try the Langoustine-filled Stargazy pie or even the lowly yet very flavourful Monkfish.
The wide expanse of pasture in Cornwall produces some of the islands best dairy products including milk and cheeses. One of the uniquely Cornish cheese is Yarg, made from Friesian cows milk. It has a very rich creamy exterior and a crumbly core. The cheese is wrapped in nettle coating to protect it from deterioration. However, the nettle has given the Yarg the creaminess that is not found in any other cheese brought about by the greyish mold that grows on the Yargs surface.
Another product of Cornwalls dairy farms, the Cornish cream or Clotted cream is a very thick cream that is produced by indirect heating of full cream cows milk. The resulting cream is allowed to gradually cool in shallow pans making its surface to curdle or to form clots; hence, the term clotted cream. This is the best ingredient to use in your Cornish Cream Tea which is often served with your scones and your choice of raspberry jam or strawberry jam. No Fowey or Cornwall tourist has ever gone home without trying the Cornish Cream Tea with a dollop of the famed Clotted Cream.
While the original Hevva cake is from neighbouring Wales, its Cornish equivalent is something that is extraordinarily unique in itself. Made of flour, lard, butter, and sugar to form the dough, generous amounts of raisins and milk are then folded into the dough before being rolled into a hamburger patty-like form, albeit thinner at half an inch. The resulting half-inch flat cake is then stamped with crisscross patterns to resemble fishermens nets. After all, the Cornish Hevva is well associated with the Cornish fishing industry, and when you are in Fowey, this matters a lot.
While these foods may look ordinary to you, you simply need to taste them to understand the difference. So, the next time youre in Cornwall, especially in Fowey, make sure to have any of these treats.