Motorists are revving up for possibly the world’s first pasty drive-thru.
The brains behind the pasty fast takeaway – or should that be getaway – are the father-and-son team who made millions selling their Cornish pasty firm.
Ken Cocking, along with his two sons, Aaron and Gavin, and business partner Mark Christophers have been looking for a suitable site to launch their new venture for the past decade.
The family made their fortune when their West Cornwall Pasty Company was subject to a management buyout worth £30 million four years ago.
They stumbled on the ideal site to base the drive-thru at the Ward Vauxhall Hill Top garage on the outskirts of Helston during a trip to the county earlier in the year.
Mr Cocking bought the 2.25-acre site worth £450,000 and has instructed Truro architects Laurence Associates to draw up plans for the building.
Ken Cocking, who owns a home in Mylor harbour and now lives in Ascot, said he wants to return to the county and rekindle his support for Helston’s community.
Mr Cocking said: “We’ve been down to check it out and it lends itself perfectly for what we want.
“We liked the idea when we had the West Cornwall Pasty Company. Back then we sponsored the Helston Town Band and football club and held Cornish pasty taster sessions in London’s Covent Garden.
“We got bored and thought come on let’s have a go. This isn’t just a bit of fun, we don’t play at things, but it’s all pie-in-the-sky until we get planning permission.”
If the plans are approved the building would be totally revamped and the business hopefully opened within 12 months, he added.
Helston mayor Jonathon Radford Gaby said it was the first he had heard of it, adding: “Why not – we have drive-thru burger bars and doughnut bars, why not a pasty drive-thru?
“It sounds like an excellent idea. Any new business in the area has got to be welcomed.”
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