Warrens bakery has been cleared to describe itself as the oldest pasty maker in the world
The proud Cornish pasty has already reached the dizzy heights of legally protected status from neighbouring pretenders but the half moon shaped piece of pastry heaven is still causing controversy.
A bakery chain has been officially allowed (yes, this is serious stuff) to describe itself as “the oldest Cornish pasty maker in the world" after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) was called in when one person (yes, just one) challenged the statement, calling it "misleading".
Thankfully for Warrens Bakery in St Just, Cornwall, the ASA concluded that the “bakery had been founded at least 76 years before any of their trading competitors” so no further action was necessary. Phew.
While we all know the pasty is Cornish, you might be surprised to learn where these dishes were first made …
The story goes: well, it has to be New York, right? Wrong. It was actually ancient Greece. Who knew?
The story goes: while the Italians will have you believe that they were the first ones onto this, people in the UK were making a dish of layered pasta in the 1300s.
The story goes: while Americans will try and claim that they were the first ones to whip up an apple pie, they weren’t. We’ve been making them since at least 1381, apparently.
The story goes: we’ve got the Mexicans to thank for this delicious treat. We are in their debt.