We awoke to a cloudy morning in our warm bed at the Peacock. Seem to have overcome the jet lag and were ready for a big day out and around Bakewell. It was market day in the town and the square opposite was more or less full of stalls of all shapes, sizes and contents. The fruit and vegies at these market days all look pretty good. Some of the other stalls and their contents seem as tired as the stall holders look! Homealone managed to pick up a punnet of strawberries for us to nibble on as we drove around. There are some very attractive buildings and homes in Bakewell, particularly those high up on the hills looking down into the town.
Bakewell is surrounded by countryside. Sheep everywhere. Cattle as well. But it seems it is most remembered for the famous Bakewell Pudding. The original pudding was first made in the 1860s and it was a botched recipe for something else. Nevertheless it proved immensely popular and remains so today. Puff pastry, some cherry jam and then on top a baked custard of sorts. They are warmed and served with clotted cream or custard. We had ours cold, without the cream or custard, and they were pretty good. The original shop is still there today and is where the baking takes place. It was constructed in the late 1700s.
After a bit more driving around we headed off to Chatsworth House. This is an impressive old place. Built in 1707 it is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Derbyshire. And have they set up a little money machine here. People everywhere. 3 pound to park the car, 26 pound to get in to see the house and gardens. 12 pounds for just the gardens. We only had time for the gardens, apparently there are 650 or so acres of these. Pretty impressive. No doubt the Duke needs the cash to just run the place.
While here we also called into the Estates commercial food outlet. The estate markets produce from the estate, mostly sheep and cattle. But there is numerous other stuff here. It’s a bit like an upmarket supermarket. Produce from all around the world. A great cheese and fresh bread offering was tempting. Instead we had a bowl of tomato soup with a crusty bread roll. Pretty good soup! It was here we noticed that the Daily Mail was running a piece on the benefits of a glass of red wine at night. It seems it is pretty good for you and the girls over here are finding that it (the wine) “is killing their cravings for crisps and chocolate – and helps get rid of ‘wobbly bottom'”. I have kept a copy of this research for others to refer to if they wish. The Daily Mail is well-known for the quality of its journalism.
After looking around the Estate gardens we headed off for Melton Mowbray, a little bit further south and east. This place is the home of the Pork Pie. Also one of the few areas that is allowed to make and call it Stilton cheese. This looks to be an interesting place for a stopover. We are now well and truly into the driving thing and there is not the same debate about directions and the like……………well almost!