Years ago, I used to work in Burnley Street, Richmond. One thing that I loved then, was a Cornish pasty from a shop called Keith's Pies. They made the most yum pasties, sausage rolls and pies.
Yummy Pasties at Keith's Pies
I found out not so long ago that the big lump of crust on the top of the pasty, was so the old Cornish miners, who had nothing to clean their hands with, could hold it to stop the coal dust getting all over the bit they eat. What about that? The miners wives certainly had some ingenuity.
Just recently I was in Richmond and thought I'd check out Faulty Towels, a shop that sells good quality seconds. I weaved back and forth, to find it had closed down, bummer.
It was then that I wondered if my old favourite pasty haunt had gone belly up too. My memory for the directions stood the test of time, will it still be there? Yes, Keith's Pies, the old sign still there. I parked and went in. Nothing much had changed, and still reasonably priced.
I got my favourite Cornish pasty, and a small (watching my weight) sausage roll (Yeh, watching it gain). While I was there, I also got some cold take away - you just have to warm it up at home. One bite and yum, they've still got it, great. Everything changes, but this is one thing that has stayed pretty much the same.
I will go right across town now to pick up some delicious grub at Keith's Pies.
Thanks for the great comments about Keith's pies - the shop was opened by my grandfather in the late 1950's and named after his son (my uncle). He sold the business in the late 70's / early 80's and retired. Great memories of visiting the shop as a kid in the 1960/70's. Brad.