Locally-made pasties prove hit at Wensleydale visitor attraction

Annie and her pasties at Bolton Castle.

Cornish pasties made in Wensleydale are proving a big hit a local visitor attraction.

Annie Laity, originally from Penzance, has been making Cornish pasties for 60 years, and her pasties are now proving a big hit with visitors to Bolton Castle near Leyburn.

Annie moved to Yorkshire 50 years ago with her game keeper husband John.

20 years ago, Annie owned and ran a restaurant in Bedale, and continues to love baking today.

Inspired by her upbringing in Cornwall, Annie started making pasties when she left school.

Her traditional pasties are made with handmade shortcrust pastry and skirt of beef, plus potatoes, turnips and black pepper – all mixed and made by hand as Annie is not a fan of the electric mixer.

The pasties are now served at the tea room at Bolton Castle.

Annie prepares her pasties each day at the castle.

The castle relaunched its Tea Room last year, with refreshed menus using locally made ingredients.

Annie also provides home made scones which are served with Cornish cream.

Annie said: “I absolutely love baking and I am really pleased with the response to my pasties in particular.

I think you can certainly take the pasty out of Cornwall, but Cornish inspiration has stood me in good stead to make the good old traditional pasty.

“The people of Yorkshire share something with the Cornish – a desire for good honest food, served fresh.

“My only concern is getting crimpers cramp although I haven’t yet had it despite being 77 years old!”