posted Oct 12, 2012, 2:12 PM by Whatson Bakewell
updated Oct 12, 2012, 10:40 PM by Richard Young
Mrs Ann Greaves 1788-1866
Ann Greaves was the proprietor of The Rutland Arms in Bakewell for 53 years until retirement aged 80. The famous guests she welcomed to the hotel are said to include Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Sir Humphry Davy, JMW Turner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Charles Dickens. Local legend claims that the Bakewell Pudding was invented accidentally at the Rutland Arms in the 1850s and Ann Greaves noted the recipe. However versions of the recipe appear much earlier, suggesting that the pudding was invented by at least the 1820s.
Nominated by Paul Hudson of Bude
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