2009 has been a huge year for us, not only have we relocated to brand new premises, opened 3 new outlets and started an Academy for Retailing excellence… it’s also our 10th Birthday!
Life began 10 years ago in August 1999, when our founder John Worrall took the plunge to leave corporate life and bring a piece of Cornwall to Sheffield…Pinstone Street to be precise and since then the Proper Pasty Empire has thrived and expanded across the UK, with our most remote locations established in Bath and Newcastle it is our aim to fill in the gap between. Life has changed since those unchartered days in the 1990′s, since opening what is now our flagship shop in the heart of Sheffield.
Over the years we have developed many new Cornish Pasty retailing concepts along the way serving the very best Cornish wares to the general public, workers in the workplace and students in Universities. Our mission is to take the Cornish Pasty to every corner of the UK over the next 10 years…just watch us!
Our fleet of Catering Vans has now grown to 6 vehicles, the very best in mobile catering technology delivering Cornish Pasties and a whole variety of hot & cold snacks to the remote workplace in and around South Yorkshire. By delivering consistent quality in food and a reliable daily service which serves customers at the same time each day, we have been able to grow the Proper brand beyond the High Street.
A great product range, customer focused growth and friendly staff have been the basis to our ten year growth so far, our plans for 2010 through to 2020 are much the same, we will continue to speculate, innovate and titivate to establish the Proper Pasty brand as the leading Cornish Pasty retailer in the UK!
1854 saw the end of an era in Cornish territories, the tin mining industry, which had been responsible for creating a population of mining families and settlers from wider shores, were in a state of collapse. An exodus ensued, and the miners began to seek alternative sources of income. For one team of 7 ex-tin miners an adventure had begun at the Star Inn in Newlyn. The decision was to embark on a journey to seek fortunes mining gold in foreign territories.
The 114 day voyage would take the crew from Penzance in Cornwall to Melbourne in Australia aboard a Cornish Lugger called the Mystery. The Mystery was built in Newlyn for mackerel diving and her overall length was 36 feet, with 32 feet of keel, 11 feet beam, drawing 6 feet of water and tonnage 16. The Mystery was widely believed to be a fishing boat converted to a sailing yacht, the first voyage of it’s kind in an unorthodox vessel.
The famous voyage has recently been passaged by a British adventurer named Pete Goss together with his 14 year old son. After setting sail in November the crew arrived in Williamstown, Melbourne on 9th March 2009. Sailing in an exact replica of the Mystery, Pete Goss (an ex Royal Marine) took 116 days to complete the epic journey. At the end of the journey the four man crew were greeted in Williamstown with a Cold Beer and a Cornish Pasty !
Try our new “Tastes of Italy” range of Calzones, a range of three delicious flavours from the Italian table!
The Calzone is a pocket of low fat pizza dough, produced in the traditional Italian way and filled with any combination of fillings. Choose from Bolognaise, Pepperoni or Margherita flavoured fillings.
We realise that not everybody can eat a Pasty every day of the week and the Calzone is a great Hot alternative to the traditional British sandwich at lunchtime…also suits the dinner plate, served with fresh salad and a generous drizzle of Olive Oil or Balsamic Vinegar!
Perranporth is known to be the most southerly of the north coast surfing areas, not as popular as the Newquay coastal areas, but with the correct conditions offer a great surf experience. Located approximately 10 miles to the south of Newquay this location offers some of the most beautiful surfing scenery along the south west shorelines. The 3 mile long beach, which is fully lifeguarded between May to September, offers a wide variety of waves making it sutable for all class of surfer. A resume of surfing conditions is offered below:-
Perran Bay a short walk will take you there, so it naturally has fewer surfers
Perranporth has a 3 mile long sandy beach, offering a whole range of surf for all abilities
Penhale Corner you can surf here, just as long as the army are not using the firing range nearby!
Trevaunace Cove faces north, draws crowds when the conditions are right
Chapel Porth tiny beach, only for experts
Porthtowan Beach you can get good tubing waves here
Portreath big swells round the harbour walls for the experts
Each and every Cornish Pasty which we bake has been lovingly created for you by hand. The hand layering process of the diced ingredients is true to the roots of the Cornish Pasty, this is something which we are very proud of! Machine made pasties are just not the same and unfortunately those who have not ventured to the South West of the UK have little or no knowledge of what a real Cornish Pasty looks like…rest assured a Proper Pasty is hand crimped and hand filled.