Anyone wishing to indulge in a taster of Bakewell’s historic past while at the same time tucking in to some of the fine food of today could no better than make a beeline for The Square restaurant at the Rutland Arms Hotel, home of the famous Bakewell Pudding and a place where Jane Austen is reputed to have stayed.
The AA Rosette awarded restaurant serves up a commendable variety of fresh, locally-sourced produce cooked by chefs who have worked with some of the most respected names in the business. Fine wines, attention to detail and first-class service help to make it a culinary treat in elegant, atmospheric surroundings.
Those with an Italian preference can try out Felicini, a relatively new addition to Bakewell’s eating and drinking scene, which has taken over the Old Marble Works overlooking Bakewell Bridge down by the river. Here you can see water flowing down the old mill channel beneath a glass floor in the bar.
There is a wide choice of pubs around the town centre, including the Red Lion, a historic coaching inn which has been welcoming visitors since the 16th century. It offers a wide selection of home-cooked food complemented by quality draughts and lagers.
You could also try the Queen’s Arms, the Castle Inn, The Peacock, The Wheatsheaf or the Manners Hotel, most of whom also serve products obtained locally. Or maybe you prefer a cafe. No problem. There is JR’s in Kings Courtyard; Lloyds deli and tea shop in Hebden Court; or Treeline, which also has a craft gallery and al fresco dining facilities, to mention but a few.
Mention of the Bakewell Pudding points us in the direction of The Bakewell Pudding Parlour, a family business housed in the old smithy, which has now been transformed into a bakery shop and coffee shop.
Everything is baked freshly on the premises seven days a week, including the famous Bakewell puddings and tarts, as well as hot, savoury meals. Open seven days a week, the parlour also runs a Post a Pudding or Tart service, which enables you to send this renowned delicacy to anywhere in the United Kingdom.
Upstairs Cafe is another busy coffee shop right in the heart of town. Located above the Farmers Market Shop it is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike, and well known for great coffee and an extensive menu, with all meals being freshly made to order. If you prefer a coffee shop with a difference, then Tiroler Stuberl will provide you with an Austrian twist.
Another family-run business, it offers an ever-expanding range of genuine Austrian products, with apfelstrudel and weiner schnitzel being served alongside the inevitable Bakewell pudding.