Pasty Wars at Lewtrenchard Manor

The notorious Pasty Wars will be coming to the Lewtrenchard Manor in March when local historian Dr Todd Gray and award winning Devon chef Jason Hornbuckle will be serving up a delicious venison pasty...

The notorious Pasty Wars will be coming to the Lewtrenchard Manor in March when local historian Dr Todd Gray and award winning Devon chef Jason Hornbuckle will be serving up a delicious venison pasty inspired by the world’s oldest pasty recipe found in Devon.

Back in 2006 Todd found mention of this pasty in the 'Audit Book and Receiver's Accounts for the Borough of Plymouth' dated to 1510.  The discovery sent shock waves across the south west where for centuries the battle over who can claim the title of birthplace of the pasty has raged between Devon and Cornwall.

However, no-one has attempted to recreate this ancient style pasty until now and what better place than the kitchens of Lewtrenchard Manor, a Jacobean manor house situated just miles from the border with Cornwall. 

The Manor, now a luxury hotel, dates back to the 11th century and was once owned by the county’s most celebrated historian and folklorist Rev. Sabine Baring –Gould.

The pasty will take pride of place at a lunch following on from a morning’s lecture delivered by Todd on the history of Tudor and Jacobean food in Devon.  The lecture being held on Thursday March 24th  is the first in the Art of Food & Thought series of stimulating talks by leading experts from the world of garden, art and local history.  

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Geri Palby – Art of Food and Thought

geri.parlby@dsl.pipex.com

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