Alison’s new business is the upper crust of Hemel Hempstead town centre

A 24-year-old woman has set up her own Cornish pasty business after the national chain she worked for went into administration.

When staff at Riverside Shopping Centre’s The Cornish Pasty Company store were made redundant earlier this year, manager Alison Lawes decided to re-open the eatery under the name A Real Taste of Cornwall. She has re-employed all her former colleagues and opens today.

Riverside Shopping Centre manager David Robinson with Alison Lawes, owner of A Real Taste of Cornwall.

Riverside Shopping Centre manager David Robinson with Alison Lawes, owner of A Real Taste of Cornwall.

Alison, who lives in Adeyfield, said: “I’m not a big business woman, I’m just a local girl trying to keep me and my previous employees in this lovely little shop. You will always be greeted with a smiling welcoming face.

“I’m a little bit daunted, but also excited. Luckily I’ve got all the girls coming back, I don’t think I could do it without them. Customers have already been giving us their support which is fantastic.”

Riverside manager David Robinson said: “It is fantastic news that Alison is able to open A Real Taste of Cornwall at Riverside especially as she is employing the store’s original staff who all lost their jobs when The Cornish Pasty Company went into administration.

“The store’s food offering was always really well received by the people of Hemel Hempstead but unfortunately, as we have often seen of late, it doesn’t matter how well a store does in their region, if a corporate company suffers, everyone does. I wish Alison and her team a successful future.”

A Real Taste of Cornwall offers a range of fresh pasties as well as baguettes, pizzas and cream teas.

Click here to visit A Real Taste Of Cornwall’s Facebook page. For the chance to win a free meal for two at the cafe, simply ‘like’ the page.