Tom Bawcock’s Eve, Cornwall

Star gazy pie is especially popular on Tom Bawcock's Eve in Mousehole, Cornwall © Simon Rudkin

Fish heads staring blankly at you while you eat is never particularly good for the appetite, but that hasn’t stopped star gazy pie from being a local delicacy in Mousehole, Cornwall.

The traditional pie has fish heads and tales poking from its crust, and featured as a favourite food of The Mousehole Cat in the book and TV production.

It’s especially popular on December 23, also known as Tom Bawcock’s Eve, when residents celebrate a legendary fisherman who saved the village from starvation. A lantern procession and much traditional Cornish folk music also accompany the festivities.

To find out more, go to the Visit Cornwall page on Mousehole.

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