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post Sep 22 2013, 12:06 PM
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Although a good day out, is it just me but £18 to get in, £5 to park, £2 for a bottle of water, £5 for a crepe (no, not that) and £4 for a pastie, seem a bit rich. I don't think I' ll be going next year.


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post Sep 22 2013, 01:35 PM
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£18 to get in? Yes that's a bit steep, parking should be free at that price. Pasties, creepes and water are all optional things that you don't have to buy, although The West Cornwall Pasty Co charge about £4 in town, and they're not that great.
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post Sep 22 2013, 05:13 PM
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I stopped going years ago. It just struck me as odd to have to pay for he opportunity to have exhibitors market their goods to me. I have no interest in agriculture/livestock displays.
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post Sep 22 2013, 07:24 PM
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QUOTE (Strafin @ Sep 22 2013, 03:35 PM) *
The West Cornwall Pasty Co charge about £4 in town, and they're not that great.

Parsons, further down the street, does them for £1.50 at lunch time at the present and they are good!
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post Sep 22 2013, 07:36 PM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Sep 22 2013, 08:24 PM) *
Parsons, further down the street, does them for £1.50 at lunch time at the present and they are good!

Must try them sometime, although I don't know the shop (where is it?). I hope they don't call them Cornish Pasties, though, since a Cornish Pasty can only be made in Cornwall smile.gif

I've come across "pasties" made with flaky pastry, not to mention minced beef: sacrilege!
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post Sep 22 2013, 08:25 PM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Sep 22 2013, 08:24 PM) *
Parsons, further down the street, does them for £1.50 at lunch time at the present and they are good!

They are good actually, good cakes too.
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post Sep 23 2013, 08:21 AM
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Tickets were £14 in advance and some car parking was free with a courtesy bus provided.

My complaint is that the official show map did not show a road closure and left us being directed round in circles trying to find a particular car park. Upon leaving, we were directed into the village centre and then left with no show signing for the route back to town. We saw several cars pulled over and studying maps or sat navs.

Even with pre-purchased tickets, it is an expensive day out once you have eaten and the kids have had a few rides. It all seemed very commercialised to me, with most exhibitors being there in order to try to sell you something. The livestock and pets appeared shoved in one corner.

We left a bit disappointed.



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post Sep 23 2013, 08:32 AM
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I agree, the event is an out and out RIP OFF!

I bought tickets in advance to save money. The website was not much good; it did not say if using the bus service from Newbury in Thatcham was free or not or how much it would be.

I think it's rather a big ask to ask visitors to pay and extra £5 to park on top.

Then inside, its a huge trade show in essence, with many stallholders selling similar stuff: food, drink, jewellery, arts and crafts, garden tools and toys.

The food and drink stalls were outrageous. We took food and drink with us but had to get a drink: a staggering £2.20 for a bottle of Sprite! Disgraceful.

I'll not be rushing back!
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post Sep 23 2013, 09:32 AM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Sep 22 2013, 09:36 PM) *
Must try them sometime, although I don't know the shop (where is it?).

Northbrook St. on the left facing North just before you get to Millets.
Quite a small shop, you can miss it!

QUOTE (JeffG @ Sep 22 2013, 09:36 PM) *
I hope they don't call them Cornish Pasties, though, since a Cornish Pasty can only be made in Cornwall smile.gif

What, you mean like a "Ginsters"?
Yuk!! wacko.gif
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post Sep 23 2013, 10:21 AM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Sep 23 2013, 10:32 AM) *
Northbrook St. on the left facing North just before you get to Millets.
Quite a small shop, you can miss it!

Has it been there long? Odd that I haven't come across it.

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What, you mean like a "Ginsters"?
Yuk!! wacko.gif

Agreed. Ginsters can legally call their pasties Cornish, but I for one wouldn't eat them.
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post Sep 23 2013, 10:59 AM
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I thought parking was free? well it was where we parked (went up to Hemitage along the B4009 and followed sign posts to park).

I always enjoyed pottering round the car stands and having a good poke around the cars without the hassle of normally going in to a showroom. This time however it would appear that most car makers decided to boycot the event and I can only recall seeing stands for Volvo, Skoda and Vauxhall........not the best!
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post Sep 23 2013, 02:26 PM
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The West Cornwall pasties are pretty good I think. As close as we get here to a pasty from Cornwall. A touch over salted at times though. I steer clear of all but the traditional filling. The ones from Parsons are vile. They are cheap for the same reason that Greggs pasties and pies are cheap - filled with slurry. The West Cornwall ones are filled with beef chunks and whole pieces of veg. I like 'em, though I doubt I eat more than two a year.
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post Sep 23 2013, 03:15 PM
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QUOTE (Gumbo @ Sep 23 2013, 11:59 AM) *
I thought parking was free? well it was where we parked (went up to Hermitage along the B4009 and followed sign posts to park).


So did I & lot's of others, all it takes is a bit of forward planning rolleyes.gif . As for the complaints about Rip off Food Prices, it never ceases to amaze me, doesn't anyone realise Horse Burgers are around £4 wherever you go to these days. Simple answer really & its not that difficult, spend about 15 minutes the evening before & make a few sarnies, pack a slice of cake a bottle of pop & save a fortune wink.gif !!
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post Sep 23 2013, 03:22 PM
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QUOTE (HJD @ Sep 23 2013, 04:15 PM) *
So did I & lot's of others, all it takes is a bit of forward planning rolleyes.gif . As for the complaints about Rip off Food Prices, it never ceases to amaze me, doesn't anyone realise Horse Burgers are around £4 wherever you go to these days. Simple answer really & its not that difficult, spend about 15 minutes the evening before & make a few sarnies, pack a slice of cake a bottle of pop & save a fortune wink.gif !!


Or go to the food tents and try to eat as many free samples as possible.
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post Sep 24 2013, 08:51 AM
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QUOTE (newres @ Sep 23 2013, 03:26 PM) *
The West Cornwall pasties are pretty good I think. As close as we get here to a pasty from Cornwall. A touch over salted at times though. I steer clear of all but the traditional filling. The ones from Parsons are vile. They are cheap for the same reason that Greggs pasties and pies are cheap - filled with slurry. The West Cornwall ones are filled with beef chunks and whole pieces of veg. I like 'em, though I doubt I eat more than two a year.

Thanks for the warning about Parsons. I shall avoid them in that case. Nothing worse than a "pasty" filled with mince. You get what you pay for. Probably made with flaky, rather than short, pastry as well - a dead give-away.
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post Sep 24 2013, 09:23 AM
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QUOTE (Gumbo @ Sep 23 2013, 04:22 PM) *
Or go to the food tents and try to eat as many free samples as possible.


And alcoholic beverages biggrin.gif .
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post Sep 24 2013, 09:31 AM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Sep 24 2013, 09:51 AM) *
Thanks for the warning about Parsons. I shall avoid them in that case. Nothing worse than a "pasty" filled with mince. You get what you pay for. Probably made with flaky, rather than short, pastry as well - a dead give-away.


Perhaps trying them for yourself first might be an idea Jeff ! Instead of relying on hearsay from someone who for all you know might be an employee of West Cornwall Pasties wink.gif wink.gif .
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post Sep 24 2013, 11:22 AM
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I run the cafe at Newbury Station and I was going to keep quiet, but our pasties are excellent, anyone coming through from this forum can have 20% off as well (off everything, I'll give you a discount card), but we're hard to get too if you're not travelling on the train.
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post Sep 24 2013, 11:27 AM
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QUOTE (Strafin @ Sep 24 2013, 12:22 PM) *
I run the cafe at Newbury Station and I was going to keep quiet, but our pasties are excellent, anyone coming through from this forum can have 20% off as well (off everything, I'll give you a discount card), but we're hard to get too if you're not travelling on the train.




You could take telephone orders, then deliver to the ticket office!!! laugh.gif


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post Sep 24 2013, 02:38 PM
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QUOTE (HJD @ Sep 24 2013, 10:31 AM) *
Perhaps trying them for yourself first might be an idea Jeff ! Instead of relying on hearsay from someone who for all you know might be an employee of West Cornwall Pasties wink.gif wink.gif .

If someone tells me a pasty contains minced-up meat and veg rather than chunks of beef, potato and turnip, then I am prepared to believe them, and not risk spending my money on one. Even if they were an employee of West Cornwall Pasties, telling lies about the opposition would not be good business practice. I have bought pasties from WCP in the past and very good they are too.
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