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Although the Great British Bake Off has been on our screens for only four years, it’s become something of a national institution. Each week, twelve (or less) amateur bakers are tested on every aspect of their baking skill in three or four challenges based on home-baking favourites.
Now, holiday home rental website, HouseTrip has rounded up the best locations across the UK to give you a taste of Britain’s finest culinary delights.
Bakewell, in the Derbyshire Dales is the home to British (and Kipling) favourite, the Bakewell tart. Famous for its shortcrust pastry filled with sponge cake, a layer of jam and an almond-flavoured filling topped with white fondant icing and a red glacé cherry. For a culturally correct vacation, head to the Rutland Arms hotel in Bakewell, where the tart originated from.
Eccles in Greater Manchester is known for its famous Eccles cake. The cake, filled with currents and surrounded by a flaky, buttery pastry is a long-term favourite by traditional cake-lovers. Located just 3.7 miles from the city centre, Eccles makes for an ideal place for those looking for a short city break.
Eton Mess is the name of a traditional British dessert which has long been served at prestigious Eton College’s annual cricket game against the equally prestigious Harrow School. Eton is located in Windsor, which has a buzzing tourist trade as it is, with the Queen’s residence of Windsor Castle, a charming little town and Legoland Windsor for the kids.
Scones are a quintessential British cake classic, and although many urban legend dictates that the floury specialities originate from Scotland, its presence tends to be found more throughout Devon and Cornwall, where it is served with jam and the famous Cornish clotted cream. Both counties are known for their gentle rolling countryside and laidback attitudes. The coastline is full of fossils and dramatic scenery, making it worthwhile for those seeking a little adventure between afternoon tea breaks.
When the Great British Bake Off started, the show shot the estate of Harptree Court in Somerset, where the tents are set up against the backdrop of the house and its grounds. Although seeing a glimpse of the house is rare, you do see contestants walk throughout the garden and across the famous Bake Off bridge.
Linda Hill, the owner of Harptree Court said, “It’s an iconic place. You don’t always see the house in the shots but you do see them walking over the bridge on the show. Sometimes guests would arrive when the filming was going on and it was wonderful to see the expressions on their faces. Other guests would come because they know the show was shot here. They say ‘We thought it looked so beautiful and we wanted to go and see where Bake Off was filmed.”Please note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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