You know those horrible inbetweeny days in December, between Christmas and New Year? Those days when you’re practically comatose from hitting the box of Roses too hard? When you’re not sure what day it is and you feel like you’ve eaten so many roast potatoes you may as well be one? Well this year, I just had to get out of the house. So we jumped in the car and sped off to Bakewell.Bakewell isn’t all that far from my Mums house, but it’s still somewhere I’d never been before. I absolutely loved it. It’s a sweet town hidden away in the Peak District. It’s chocolate box and pretty much exactly what you’d expect from an English village.
Here are four reasons why you should join in and visit Bakewell too.
It’s ridiculously pretty.
Bakewell must be one of the prettiest villages in the Midlands. The town dates back to Saxon times, it’s full of old stone cottages. It makes the whole place extremely picturesque, with the town sitting on the River Wye right next door to the Peak District National Park.
Pride & Prejudice
Bakewell is mentioned in Pride & Prejudice when Elizabeth is travelling to Pemberly. Most people believe Pemberly is based on nearby Chatsworth House. Chatsworth House is worth a look around, only it might take a little longer than a walk around than the town itself. It’s huge. The gardens are pretty massive. You might remember it from the 2005 film. I certainly do. This little scene anyone?
No one actually knows what the real origins of the Bakewell pudding are. The popular story is that the landlady of one of the pubs in the town left instructions for her cook to make a jam tart. The cook misread the instructions and spread eggs and almond paste mixture on top of the tart, instead of into the pastry. The result was successful enough for it to become the Bakewell pudding and the rest is history.
Now if only my baking disasters could result in a new popular creation, rather than going straight from the oven to the bin.
There’s also a Bakewell Pudding Ice Cream Parlour.
There are quite a number to choose from in the town. The most famous is probably the Rutland Arms, where Jane Austen is said to have stayed. She is also supposed to have written some of Pride and Prejudice while she was staying at the pub too.
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the Peak District. It’s a bloody fantastic place to get out of the house. If you’re after somewhere to have a proper Bakewell pudding then this is definitely the place to go. And who needs a better excuse than that?