The Peaks’ world-famous delicacy, the Bakewell pudding, has been revealed as part of England’s hall of fame to celebrate St George’s Day yesterday (Wednesday).
Bakewell Pudding, created by accident at the town’s Rutland Arms Hotel, on The Square, in the mid-19th century, has scooped a bronze award in the food and drink category, third only to the sandwich and England’s oldest gin distillery in Plymouth.
David James, chief executive of Visit Peak District and Derbyshire, said: “It’s no surprise that the Bakewell Pudding has been selected as one of the prize-winning ingredients in England’s hall of fame, it’s been enjoyed by residents and tourists for more than 150 years, and today is dispatched all over the world for people to savour.
“This is a great accolade for the Peak District, whose fine local food and drink offer is perhaps not as well-known and appreciated outside the area as it deserves to be.
“We hope the Bakewell Pudding’s success will pave the way to a higher profile for other examples of our delicious and wide-ranging produce.”
Julie Hurst, manager of The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, on The Square, which claims to be the custodian of the original recipe, added: “It is a huge honour for the original Bakewell pudding to appear in England’s hall of fame and to find ourselves among some of the country’s premium assets.
“We pride ourselves on the pudding still being made by hand to the age-old original recipe and it is exciting for both our shop and bakery, and Bakewell as a town, that it has been recognised as one of England’s elite.
“The award winners come from all corners of the country, so we are proud to be representing the Peak District with our traditional dish.”
The search to establish England’s Hall of Fame began in February when the tourist board asked the public to submit their suggestions.
The hall of fame app received almost 1,000 submissions from Harry Potter to Harry Styles, the mini skirt to the tuxedo, The Beatles to punk music, and Earl Grey tea to the Scotch Egg.