TV’s Ade savours the best of Britain in Derbyshire

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LOCAL food loving comedian, actor and musician Ade Edmondson sampled some of the Peak District and Derbyshire’s most famous delicacies when he visited the area to film a programme for a forthcoming television series.

Ade (54) – currently recording ‘Ade in Britain’, due to be screened by ITV1 later this year – joined the ‘Bakewell Pudding versus Bakewell Tart’ debate when he visited the town to sample its best-known pastry confections.

Famous for his appearances in such TV shows as The Young Ones, Holby City and more recently The Dales, Ade learned how to make a traditional Bakewell Pudding at The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop in The Square, before trying out a Bakewell Tart and other specialities at The Bakewell Tart Shop and Coffee House, Matlock Street.

The Ade in Britain film crew also captured the colourful hustle and bustle of Bakewell’s traditional Monday stall market and livestock auctions at the Agricultural Business Centre during a flying visit to the town before driving on to Eyam, where Ade learned the finer points of well dressing with pupils and teachers at the village primary school.

While in the area, he also met prize-winning butcher John Mettrick in Glossop and expert dry stone waller Trevor Wragg of Hartington.

During the series, Ade will travel from county to county on a grand culinary tour taking in traditional foods, iconic buildings, beautiful landscapes, wonderful wildlife and heart-warming characters in a celebration of what makes Britain so uniquely British.

“Film and television crews are always welcome in the Peak District and Derbyshire, as they help to generate wider interest in local life and local businesses, giving the area a higher profile and hopefully bringing in more staying visitors to boost the economy,” said David Thornton, Head of Marketing and Deputy Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the official tourist board.

“I’m sure Ade found plenty of food for thought on his travels here, and we look forward to seeing his unique take on our local specialities and customs when Ade in Britain is screened later this year.”

So did Ade prefer the taste of Bakewell Pudding or Bakewell Tart? All will be revealed to viewers who tune in to ITV1 to see the 20-part daytime series!