It’s not just the Bakewell Pudding that derives from Derbyshire, the county has its fair share of traditional dishes with a story to tell. From hearty Derbyshire Oatcakes to award-winning Hartington Stilton, you’ll find time-honoured recipes to tantalise your tastebuds.

So loosen up your belt and prepare to eat your way around the Peak District and Derbyshire’s traditional local foods…


Bakewell Pudding

No visit to the Peak District and Derbyshire would be complete without sampling the famous local dessert, Bakewell Pudding. This sweet treat has been enjoyed in the picturesque Peak District market town of Bakewell and beyond since its creation around 1860.

The story goes that the Pudding - a silky soft-set almond and egg custard on a layer of strawberry jam in a crunchy, butter puff pastry case - was the result of a misunderstanding between Mrs Greaves, the mistresss of the White Horse Inn (now the Rutland Arms in the town centre), and her cook.

Visiting noblemen had ordered a strawberry tart, but instead of stirring the egg mixture into the pastry, the cook spread it on top of a layer of jam. News of the delicious pudding reached a nearby Mrs Wilson, whose entrepreneurial spirit was sparked when she recognised the pudding’s potential.

Mrs Wilson, who lived in the 17th century building that is occupied by The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, acquired the original recipe and began to produce and sell the Pudding from the premises.

Today the Pudding Shop’s Bakewell Puddings are still based on the original recipe and made by hand. Visit the shop to stock up on freshly-made Puddings of all sizes, or get hands-on and have-a-go at making your own on the Bakewell Pudding Making Experience!

Hartington Stilton

Hartington Stilton

It might be home to the smallest Stilton producer in the world but the Peak District village of Hartington packs a big punch in the cheese-making stakes. At one time, this tiny parish supplied a quarter of the world’s Stilton cheese!

Hartington’s proud history of cheese-making dates back to the 1870s, but after local cheese production ceased with the closure of the Hartington cheese factory in 2009, a small group of passionate cheese-makers and local business people formed Hartington Creamery.

This dedicated group officially brought the craft of cheese-making back to the village in 2012, reviving the famous Hartington Blue Stilton in 2014. Hartington Creamery has since scooped numerous awards for its Stilton, Peakland Blue and Peakland White cheeses.

At the picturesque Old Cheese Shop in Hartington village centre, you’ll find over 100 varieties of cheese ranging from the Dovedale Blue to adventurous pineapple and sticky toffee varieties. It’s also a great place to stock up on locally-made chutneys, biscuits, beers and wine.

Derbyshire Oatcakes

Derbyshire Oatcakes

A local delicacy since the 17th century, Derbyshire Oatcakes are a cross between a pancake and a crumpet. They are round, soft and much thicker than the neighbouring Staffordshire variety, and are nothing like the Scottish biscuit variation.

As the name suggests, Derbyshire Oatcakes are made from oats which grew well in the harsh Pennine landscape, plus flour, salt, water and yeast.

You’ll find these popular local favourites on the menus of many local cafes and farm shops. They are usually grilled or fried and can be topped with sweet or savoury items.

Ashbourne Gingerbread

Ashbourne Gingerbread

Local legend states the recipe for this traditional local delicacy was acquired from French prisoners of war who were held in the town during the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). More specifically, it was said to be acquired from the personal chef of a captured French general!

The timber-framed Gingerbread Shop in Ashbourne's St John Street, now owned by Birds the Confectioners, is thought to date from the 15th century and is the best place to stock up on the unique and delicious gingerbread.

Buxton Pudding Company

Buxton Pudding

Furness Vale’s Old Buxton Pudding Company has won a host of Great Taste awards for its handmade desserts, including the Original Buxton Pudding. Inspired by a 200-year-old recipe, Buxton Pudding has a sweet pastry base, a layer of raspberry preserve and a sponge-cake style crumbly top. Enjoy warm with custard or cream!

Thor Cake

Deriving from the Old English 'theorf', meaning plain or unprocessed, Thor Cakes were traditionally served on Halloween or Bonfire Night and are made with oats, black treacle, spices and dried fruit.

Derbyshire Fidgety Pie

This hearty dish originates from South Derbyshire, where it was traditionally created to make use of the apples left over from the autumn harvest. Combining potatoes, apple, bacon and onions, topped with shortcrust pastry, the name is thought to derive from ‘fitchet’, the five-sided dish the pie was originally cooked in.

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  1. bognor boy
    although staying in the staffordshire moorlands just outside longnor we made several visits to derbyshire especially bakewell to sample the famous pudding what a lovely thing to eat everyone bangs on about the lakes and yorkshire dales,whilst undeniably pretty,somewhat takes the limelight away from this extremely wonderful part of england.

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