One of the intrepid, travelling FiveGoMadders took a Virgin train, never again, to the Peak District last weekend.What a Winter Wonderland it turned out to be.After resting up on Friday night, Saturday morning saw a trip to Hathersage, the home of the famous cuttlerist David Mellor
GoMadder paid a visit to his factory and shop. It turns out he designed plenty of things, not only cutlery, but also traffic lights! Who knew? After a coffee and mince pie in the café it was off to Bakewell for a tart.
|Home of the True Bakewell Tart|
How wrong can you be? Within 5 minutes GM learnt that the tart is an “American imposter.” The real deal is actually called a Bakewell Pudding, or so the lady at the beautiful ‘Bloomers – The First and Only Bakewell Pudding Shop’ shop told us, and she makes the best Bakewell Puddings in the business.
|Not A Tart in Sight|
The story goes that the original was actually created in error sometime in the mid 19th century. Apparently a busy cook in the White Horse Inn (Now the Rutland Arms Hotel
) was tasked with making a strawberry tart, but instead misunderstood the instructions and poured an egg mix onto the strawberry jam (instead of mixing it in) and at a stroke created a pudding, not a tart. Fascinating. A story she must have told hundreds of times.
|Pork and Blood Pudding|
Sunday was a day of walks over the fields and along the canals of the Peak district, working up an appetite for Roast Pork and Black Pudding. Which is a local delicacy, or so we were told.
GM capped off the weekend with his Virgin train being cancelled, something to do with signal failure… they should have brought them at David Mellor’s shop.
|A David Mellor Masterpiece|
British Cream Tea sell beautiful Bakewell Tarts, that are hand made from recycled felt. Apparently they were trying to make a felt strawberry flan. But, as fate would have it, they accidently filled the brown felt base with pollyfil, instead of polly-cotton, and in a stroke, created the Cherry Bakewell Tart Recycled Felt Food Sculpture... which is now a favorite of ours back here at FiveGoMad HQ.
|British Cream Tea|