Discovering Traditional English Pudding in the Cotswolds

If you’re planning a trip to England you’ll definitely want to take time to visit the Southwest part of the country. While studying to become a Southwest England Specialist, I discovered a magical place located in the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is a beautiful area of England about a two hour drive west of London. The Cotswolds includes towns such as Bath and Gloucester. Three Ways House Hotel, located in Mickleton, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, is a charming manor type hotel located in the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds. The hotel features an award winning restaurant and a more informal bar/brasserie.

In the U.K., Three Ways House is most famous for its Pudding Club. The Pudding Club is an organization that was formed in 1985 to promote the traditional British pudding. In the 80’s the popularity of puddings, such as Spotted Dick, Syrup Sponge and Jam Roly Poly puddings, was waning. The Pudding Club helped bring them back by meeting regularly and sharing the delights of these puddings with members and the public. The club meets regularly at the hotel and is open to the public. You can attend, and for a reasonable fee, savor these and many other British puddings.

The hotel has many sweet-themed events through-out the year. Enjoy chocolate at the Divine Chocolate Indulgence, offered once a month. Your chocolate tooth will be well satisfied with many treats and dinner that features chocolate in every course. Check out a cooking with chocolate demonstration at the Divine Chocolate Cookery Demonstration and Lunch, also offered once a month. While at the hotel, stay in one of their Pudding Club rooms. These special rooms are all sweet-tooth themed and include, The Syrup Sponge Room, The Chocolate Room, The Spotted Dick and Custard Room, Lord Randalls Bed Chamber, The Oriental Ginger Room, The Summer Pudding Room and The Sticky Toffee and Date Room.

To burn off all that chocolate, you may want to participate in Three Way’s “Cotswold Walking Weekends”. Led by Cotswold Wardens, the walks are good for moderate walkers and are usually 11-12 miles. The walks include beautiful scenery and striking views. The hotel also offers local guide books and maps and can help guide the independent walker.

Complete your trip to this fascinating part of England by visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, a 10 minute drive from Three Ways. Stratford is Shakespeare’s birthplace and features Shakespearian properties, a Royal Shakespeare Theatre and a butterfly farm. There are also many gardens, houses and castles near the hotel. These include Hidcote Manor, a National Trust property, and Warwick Castle, around since the 10th century. Check the Three Way’s website for more information, and indulge yourself in a sweet getaway.


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