If Kent is the garden of England and London the capital – Derbyshire might lay a claim to being its kitchen. So while you’re staying in one of our lodges, why not take the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the gourmet delights that await you in this most foodie of counties?
One of Derbyshire’s most famous eatery tourist hot stops must surely be the gorgeous Derbyshire town of Bakewell. Just under an hour’s drive away through beautiful countryside, just take a warning from us: whatever you do, don’t ask for a Bakewell tart. As people here will tell you, what Bakewell is in fact famous for is its Bakewell pudding – of which you’ll find some perfect examples at the appropriately named The Old Original Bakewell pudding Shop (http://www.bakewellpuddingshop.co.uk/), a classic British institution which is not to be missed.
And, in the spirit of fairness, you really need to visit the other famous Bakewell pudding place while you’re in the town, Bloomers of Bakewell (http://www.bloomersofbakewell.co.uk/). Whose pudding is the best? You decide.
If you’re visiting us around spring time, we heartily recommend a visit to Tideswell, also in the Peak District. Tideswell was the subject of a BBC programme, Village SOS, after winning lottery funding for a unique project which aimed to sustain the village’s fortunes through its food. Several years on, and the Taste Tideswell project still continues, with an annual food fair to be held in 2016 on Saturday, April 30 (http://tastetideswell.co.uk/cook-it/tideswell-food-festival-2016-save-the-date/).
But even if you’re not staying with this at that time, it’s well worth stopping at Tideswell where you’ll be able to visit the deli Tindalls (http://tastetideswell.co.uk/tideswell-made/tindalls-bakers-and-delicatessen/) and sample one of its famous pies and breads (baked fresh every morning), before popping down to the Peak District Dairy shop on Queen Street (http://www.letsgo-tideswell.co.uk/peak-district-dairy-i17.html) to indulge in an ice cream made from the dairy’s own cows which graze upon the fields above Tideswell.
This is just a small taster of the many culinary delights which await you in this beautiful county. So come on, what are you waiting for? Dig in!