The charming town of Bakewell is full of people tucking into Bakewell Pudding. You’ll find several shops selling different versions of the pudding in celebration of this delicious dessert. The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop has the original recipe (or so it claims…)
Discover The Origin of Bakewell’s Famous Pudding
It was back in 1860, in the kitchens of The Rutland Arms (which is still thriving today), that the Bakewell Pudding was born. Mrs Ann Greaves, the mistress of the inn, instructed her cook to produce a strawberry tart for visiting noblemen. The cook failed in her efforts but instead, produced a delicious pudding with a jam filling and an almond and egg topping enclosed in a puff-pastry case.
Visit The Original Bakewell Pudding Shop
It was Mrs Wilson, the entrepreneurial wife of a local candle-maker, who obtained the recipe and started a business selling the puddings. She lived in the cottage which is now The Original Bakewell Pudding Shop where you can buy one from the bakery counter or sit down and enjoy a generous portion in the restaurant.
Make Your Own Bakewell Pudding
In the shop, you can also make your own. Just don’t expect to learn absolutely everything there is to know about making a Bakewell Pudding as there is still one ingredient which remains a closely-guarded secret.
Bakewell Pudding is best served warm and can be eaten on its own or you may like to try it with some custard.
- Visit Bakewell on a Monday to visit its livestock and stalls market which dates back to 1330
- On the last Saturday of the month, the town’s Agricultural Business Centre hosts the UK’s second largest Farmers’ Market
- To try more delicious traditional British puddings, book into The Pudding Club in the Cotswolds
Don’t confuse the pudding with Bakewell Tart which is readily available in supermarkets. A Bakewell tart has a shortcrust pastry case, a layer of thick white icing and a glacé cherry on the top.
WHERE TO STAY IN THE PEAK DISTRICT
The Devonshire Arms
Pilsley, Peak District
Devonshire Arms at Pilsley is only a 20-minute walk from Chatsworth House.
Rooms from £106 a night.
Please check with the shop and if not, take me for a walk along the Monsal Trail instead.