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Grumpies of Cornwall

Despite their close proximity to me (they are based just 8 miles away in the Cornish market town of Launceston), I first heard about Grumpies whilst listening to the Chris Evans show on BBC Radio 2 back in September. I somehow managed to miss them at this years Royal Cornwall Show, where they displayed their pies to the public for the first time and got, by all accounts an overwhelming response (I’m still not quite sure how I managed to miss them).

                                                         The two grumpy old men
Grumpies of Cornwall was launched at the beginning of this year by self proclaimed grumpy old men Trevor Shea and Mark Carne at their bakery in Launceston. They use only the best local ingredients in their savoury pies, including meat from an award winning (and very helpful) local butcher Phillip Warren’s as well as local vegetables, Cornish ale and cider and local cheese. The Cornish businessmen founded Grumpies, pronounced GrumPIES, to fill a gap in the market for top quality Cornish pies that are also environmentally responsible.

There are currently 6 savoury pies in the range and include:
Steak and Ale
Lamb, Mint and Potato
Chicken, Gammon and Leek
Pork, Apple and Cider
Blue Cheese, Mushroom and Walnut
Homity – which is fresh onions, leeks, potatoes and parsley with cheddar cheese

I was sent all six individual pies to try -much to the excitement of my husband. We cooked them this evening and conducted a little taste test with the kids.  

First up it is worth mentioning the pastry, which was rich, short and buttery – just like homemade (without the hassle!) with not a hint of sogginess. My favourite pie was the Blue Cheese, Mushroom and Walnut one which had a lovely bechamel sauce. Whilst not a vegetarian (by any stretch of the imagination!) I am leaning towards more meat free meals, taking my cue from Hugh FW. This pie was full of flavour and the different textures worked really well together. It would make a great vegetarian Christmas lunch option (as would the Homity Pie).
                                          Blue Cheese, Mushroom and Walnut Pie
The Chicken, Gammon and Leek pie was a hit with the whole family, especially the kids. The pie was full to the brim with succulent chicken and slightly salty gammon, with the leek providing that all important oniony sweetness. Delicious and one I will be seeking out for family meals.

The Husband's favourite, who is a self proclaimed pie aficionado, was the Steak and Ale variety. It was rich, meaty and the Cornish Ale really shone through. According to my husband this is how all pies should taste – robust and full of flavour.

These were our particular family favourites but none fell short of the mark. I am just delighted to have discovered Grumpies – the knowledge that I am only a 10 minute drive away from the perfect pie pleases me greatly and the fact they use mostly local ingredients is a bonus. I wonder when they will start making sweet pies......?

All of the Grumpies packaging is made from environmentally sustainable materials, including the compostable window.
The pies are available from selected farm stores and delis across Cornwall and online at

Thank-you to Barefoot Media for arranging this review.
Beth Sachs
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  1. They might be grumpies but pies do look very happy and delicious;)

  2. Loving the idea of "grumpy" pies! I predict we'll be seeing them in big supermarkets soon!


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