I know there’s more to Bakewell in Derbyshire than tasty tarts, but whenever I think of Bakewell, I think of the tart, not even the real tart but the Mr Kipling Bakewell Tart.
Anyway, I digress!
Bakewell in Derbyshire
Bakewell is a picturesque Derbyshire town in the heart of the Peak District. Once the ancient capital of the peaks, today it’s more about tourism than commerce.
We had the pleasure of popping into Bakewell on Good Friday. We’d been pre-warned it’d be busy, and boy was they right.
It felt like we’d all turned up at once, hikers, cyclists, bimblers, families and the biggest congregation of churchgoers I’ve ever seen.
Once we’d fought our way through the traffic, we found a suitable parking spot at the rear of the main street and then headed towards the river.
We had planned to take a stroll by the River Wye, but so had hundreds of others, so we abandoned that plan.
Instead, we bimbled into the main street. I’m not going to be able to give you a full access report because we didn’t explore the whole town.
I can tell you, the main roads are accessible in a wheelchair and have plenty of dropped kerbs, but again the crowds of people coupled with not very wide pavements in some of the side streets made it a little bit tough.
We decided it would be best to abandon the visit and return at another time. It’s not Bakewell’s fault, and it’s ours for turning up on the busiest day of the year.
OK, so let me tell you about the tart…
The Original Bakewell Tart
Question – When is a Bakewell Tart not a tart?
Answer – When it’s a Bakewell Pudding or a Cherry Bakewell
Confused… yeah, me too!
This reminds me of the jam first dilemma in Devon, or is it cream first?
Anyway, back to the tarts.
So, the Cherry Bakewell is the one most of us know, shortcrust pastry, jam, sponge, icing and half a cherry.
The Mr Kipling Bakewell Tart is a shortcrust pastry, jam, sponge and an icing top.
The authentic Bakewell Tart has a shortcrust pastry base, a layer of jam, and sponge filling and is topped off with ground almonds.
And the Bakewell Pudding has a puff pastry shell with a layer of jam, and it’s covered with a filling of eggs, sugar, and butter and has flavoured almond icing.
Study these because if you visit Bakewell and get it wrong, you’re in trouble!
Have you tried all four? Which one is your favourite?
Let me know in the comments…
Here’s what else we got up to in Derbyshire:
And we stayed in:
Disclaimer: We visited Bakewell in partnership with Accessible Derbyshire, but all opinions are our own.