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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
December 1, 2011
From journal Weekend in Derbyshire
October 25, 2004
The resulting confection proved so popular that a tallow chandler’s wife called Mrs Wilson obtained the recipe from Mrs Graves, proprietress of the White Horse, and set up a business for herself. And so it was that the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop was born. Exactly how true this latter part of the legend is is uncertain, as a couple of places around town lay claim to holding the original handwritten recipe, and I am deeply suspicious of any place that feels it necessary to include both old and original in its name to establish the veracity of its claim. However, neither of these factors seem to have impinged on the shop’s popularity.
The 17th-century cottage, built by the Duke of Rutland and purchased by the Wilson family in 1821, has been converted into a well-appointed tearoom with plenty of space and excellent facilities. A Big Bakewell Pudding, served with cream and custard, will set you back £6.90 and provides a good-sized portion for two or a taster for four.. The concoction consists of thick egg mix over a layer of strawberry jam upon a pastry base. I personally found it a little sickly-sweet, but my companion, the Czech engineer, lapped it up and demanded more. The accompanying tea, priced at £2.40 for a two-person pot, was a little overpriced for a couple of standard teabags in a pot of lukewarm water, but altogether the experience was just about worth the expense.
The cottage is in the centre of Bakewell, just down the road from the Tourist Information Office, and is only a stone’s throw from the Rutland Arms Hotel, if you wish to see where it all started.
From journal Derbyshire Dales: Tarts & Vicars of the Peak District
West Virginia, West Virginia
July 4, 2004
If one should wish to sample this delicacy, there is no place better to do so than in The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop on the town's Market Square. The pudding shop is housed in a 17th-century structure long used as a chandlery. As the story goes, the chandler’s wife recognized a good thing when she saw it (or, perhaps, tasted it), obtained the recipe, and set up her own business selling these worthy sweets. Puddings have been sold on the premises pretty much continuously ever since.
The ground floor of the Pudding Shop as it currently exists contains a gift shop and bakery counter. The gift shop features china, stoneware, and tinware intended for kitchens and dining areas, plus a goodly variety of jarred preserves. The bakery, aside from--what else?--Bakewell Pudding, offers cakes, biscuits (or cookies, as we Yanks would say), and a respectable assortment of breads.
The first floor (that would be the second floor to the Yanks out there) houses the restaurant. After climbing a set of stairs that decidedly would not meet fire code in the U.S., diners are presented with a charming room laid out under an arched roof with enormous exposed timbers. Plasterwork, stonework and exposed beams, not to mention tablecloths and china, make dining in the Pudding Shop an entirely civilized experience. Happily, the food itself serves to enhance the overall effect.
Beyond the restaurant’s namesake pudding, the menu features sandwiches made using its own gourmet breads, plus salads and soups. Although the luncheon menu includes a complete three-course meal, it’s entirely acceptable to pop in for just tea and pudding. On the whole, both service and food are very good, though a wait should be expected at the busiest hours. The restaurant uses as much local produce as possible.
The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop is currently operated by Don and Christine Holland. Open seven days a week, the hours are 9am to 7pm from May through October and 9am to 6pm from November through April.
From journal Root and Branch - Family Ties to Derbyshire