A Derbyshire town which is world-famous for producing a delicious delicacy is apparently one of the UK’s ‘best-kept secrets’.
Bakewell has come third in a poll by coach company National Express to uncover the nation’s ‘hidden gems’ and recognise places with quintessential British charm.
The town, however, is well-known for its pudding.
The tasty treat is made using a secret ingredient at The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop.
How the pudding was first created more than 250 years ago is steeped in controversy and is as much a mystery as its secret ingredient.
The story which The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop is sticking to is that the delicacy was born by accident in a nearby pub around 1860 when visiting noblemen had ordered strawberry tart.
Instead of spreading the mixture into the pastry, the cook spread it on top of the jam.
The pudding was so successful that a Mrs Wilson, wife of a candle-maker, bought the recipe for £5 and started a business of her own in their cottage.
That cottage later became The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop.