Only Greggs in Cornwall shuts down as jubilant pasty lovers celebrate

The only Greggs in Cornwall has shut up shop, delighting local pasty lovers.

Greggs, which has 1,500 shop across the UK, opened its first branch in Cornwall in September 2018 but was branded “junk” and “Satan’s franchise” by residents.

The shop in Saltash has now been closed after a “thorough review”.

Ann Muller, a pasty maker with 35-years-experience and owner of Ann's Pasties, said: "It wasn't on my radar, I've never been to a Greggs and I don't know what they're like.

"People love a pasty in Cornwall. There isn't a Cornish person around who doesn't have a pasty at least once a week – and people like them traditional.

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"I don't know what the competition is like in Saltash, maybe there's lots of competition there and people are loyal to their established bakeries."

Carole Serbert wrote on Facebook: "We don't want that slapped up junk down here anyway, we have hundreds of lovely eateries so no need for them."

David Rowe added: "You can't beat a traditional Cornish bakery."

Shaun Norman commented: "It was just stupid to open one in Cornwall anyway.

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"It's obvious that Cornish people will use Cornish bakery's where they can get a Cornish pasty.”

When the shop opened, locals said there was “no fanfare” and it didn't appear on Greggs' website store locator section after two weeks of trading.

A Greggs spokesman said: "We confirm that following a thorough review, the Greggs at Saltash Service Station closed.

"We continue to look for new opportunity sites across the South West of England as part of our long-term plans."

Earlier this month, thousands of people queued around the country eager to get their hands on Greggs' new vegan steak bake .

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Made from Quorn, and following on from the launch of their vegan sausage roll last year, the meat-free snack went on sale at 1,300 branches of Greggs from today.

It includes 96 layers of light and crisp puff pastry, diced onions and a gravy filling.

The vegan steak bake has been created to mirror some of the originals' features.

Costing £1.55 each, a photo of the new steak beak price sign was leaked before its release.

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