The possible real home of Bakewell Pudding
Bloomers is at Water Street in Bakewell - it is piled to its low beams with local pies, cheeses and meats and its Bakewell puds are wonderful: light short pastry, long almondy flavour and perfect with a pot of tea.
There are three establishments in the town claiming to be the home of the original pudding but I think this shop really is the one. Although these are traditionally called puddings they are in fact open tarts. The examples sold here being made of natural ingredients and you can post one home if you so wish.
We did not sample the cafe upstairs. For this reason I have put it in this category.
The Bakewell Pudding - How it came to be!
Although many people will have heard of Bakewell Tart, Bakewell Pudding is a different delicacy!
Many shops in Bakewell serve this treat, each claiming to be the original recipe, to eat hot or cold.
The pudding was invented by accident, over 200 years ago
Apparently Mrs Greaves, Landlady of The White Lion Inn in 1860, (Now the site of The Rutland Arms ) asked one of her kitchen maids to make a strawberry tart. Some articles describe the maid as being inexperienced, others describe the incident as occuring as a drunken mistake!
The maid, instead of making a sweet pastry base, omitted to add the eggs and sugar, instead, the plain pastry case was filled with an egg and sugar mixture and poured over a strawberry jam coated pastry. As expected, there was also reported to be a 'secret ingredient'!
There doesn't seem to be a record of the maids name, so Mrs Greaves takes the credit for inventing the dish!
Mrs Greaves left the recipe to a Mr Radford, who in turn passed the 'secret recipe' to a Mr Bloomer.
You can buy Bakewell Puddings at 'Bloomers' , Water Street, Bakewell.
Telephone 01629 814844
Hope to have an appropiate photo soon!
Trout Fishing (or at least spotting)
The chalk rivers of Derbyshire are full of wild rainbow and brownies. In Bakewell itself they are enormous (bloated on the bread and chips from tourists) who often only seem to notice the ducks and swans and not these monsters of the deep! Signs everywhere along the Lathkill and Wye warn that it's private fishing, therefore fishing permits are difficult to get hold of, and very expensive if you do. Whilst on our many river walks in May and in August we only saw a total of 4 or 5 anglers. However it was great fun hunting these shy fish with our cameras.
Amazing stone carvings
The church is not exactly out of the way but it is up the hill, so some tourists may think 'seen one church seen them all'. The entrance to the church is what makes it so fascinating....stones piled on top of one another , some clearly sarcophogi. I haven't yet researched when they date from but they must be saxon or celtic and many have a key symbol. The churchyard also has 2 ancient crosses with beautiful intricate patterns and some gravestones dating from the 17th century.
One of the biggest pleasures of being in this area is the scenic drives that you will have whilst travelling around......ok we are not talking mountains or grand canyons, but the views are quite something and have a rugged feel to them. Some times it can be a little difficult to pull in and take in the views.....but there are places and chances to do this........when you can take them.