The Pasty Shop, Euston, London
There’s a delicious smell of butteriness that wafts throughout many of the stations here in London. That’s usually due to the presence of The Pasty Shop chain, which pumps out gigantic filled parcels of meat-like substances. This is a nice contrast to the usual smell of smog and depression that you get in the underground. I went with the steak and ale option (£4.50) which was intended as a pre-dinner fix. It’s a huge semi-circle, though largely of dough. Pasties historically have that extra crust, that’s a legacy throwback to when miners would eat with their hands and they would discard the extra ‘handle’. With the The Pasty Shop I felt there wasn’t quite enough meat for my liking (particularly for the price), there’s a more than occasional slice of onion present. The pastry wasn’t the flaky, light variant I prefer but otherwise one pasty is an easy commute appetite-buster.