Cornwall primed for first ‘drive-through’ pasty shop

Portreath Bakery

A bakery in Cornwall has launched what it claims is the world’s first ‘drive-through’ pasty restaurant.

Portreath Bakery, which is owned by Marion Symonds, will offer pasties and cream teas to customers that are passing by and don’t want to get out of their car.

The drive-through will form part of a bakery, coffee-shop and restaurant complex that is set to create an additional 40 jobs in the area.

Symonds told the BBC that the idea was in response to the difficulty that people in the area now face in picking up locally-baked goods.

“So many towns now have been shut off and the bakers are in there,” she said. “You have to go into a car park and walk to the baker’s to buy a pasty. We thought if you stayed in your car and drove through the queues might come here instead of other drive-through restaurants.”

Symonds has worked in bakeries from the age of 14 and studied bakery and confectionary at the Plymouth College of Further & Higher Education. The 50-year-old bought her first bakery in 1988 and has since opened a second in the Redruth area.

Over the years the bakeries have catered for Sir Harold Wilson, Tony Blair, Anne Beckwith-Smith, Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Princess Royal.

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