February 4, 2014 City Centre No Comments

Pasty st

Pasty st

Some days I’m not blessed with time for considered choices and luxuriant lunchtime loafing. When the grab-and-run approach is required, which often coincides with visits to train stations, I’ve enjoyed trips to the Bagel Factory and I had quite a good baked tattie from Spud-u-like on the train, quite recently.

Today’s pit stop was at the Pasty Shop, which is just at the foot of the steps as you come into Waverley station. I’d visited before, but not previously put pen to paper on a review.

These little kiosks can often be a rather depressing place to work, so I’m sympathetic to counter people who look decidedly fed up. It was a breath of fresh air to find today’s server in helpful and chatty mood, so that was a good start to proceedings.

They offer a wide selection of different pasties, prepared in the traditional Cornish style. Fillings are diverse with my eye caught by a pasty filled with chicken and chorizo. The pricetag of £4.39 seemed a little high, but I went with it. I added an espresso to give me a quick jolt before the inevitable choo-choo snooze, which is the cornerstone of virtually every train journey I make.

With transaction completed I was on my way. I took the required photo (which was lost in a subsequent phone fail) then tucked in. The pastry casing was quite good and the filling was plentiful and had a warm kick of spice to it, but the expected sweet finish from the chorizo wasn’t really there. It was just a generic savoury taste, which was fine, but a little uninspired.

The espresso wasn’t great, but I’d been prepared for that.

So overall, the Pasty Shop did the task of providing me with something fairly substantial to digest, but it didn’t really set my pulse racing. I’ll probably go back again at some point, but it’s more likely to be out of rushed necessity than reasoned choice.

Blythe scores the Pasty Shop
2.5/5 for food
2.5/5 for presentation
2/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 11/20

I ate: chicken and chorizo pasty

I drank: espresso

I wore: concealed pinstripes

Total bill: £6.04

The Pasty Shop
Waverley Station

Written by BKR