TUCK BOX: Bakewell’s sweet success

Julie Hurst & David James with Bakewell Puddings
Julie Hurst & David James with Bakewell Puddings

Peak District patriots had plenty to celebrate on St George’s Day (Wednesday) when the Bakewell Pudding was honoured with a place in England’s Hall of Fame.

The delicacy picked up bronze – behind the sandwich and Plymouth gin – in the food and drink category of the honours. Almost 1,000 submissions were received.

Pudding shop manager Julie Hurst said: “It’s exciting that Bakewell has been recognised as one of England’s elite.”

Barlow’s pride of place

The Peacock at Rowsley did the area proud last weekend when it played host to singer songwriter Gary Barlow.

The former Take That frontman, in town to play the Sheffield Arena on Sunday night, clearly enjoyed himself – thanking staff in the visitors’ book for a “brilliant” stay and telling Twitter followers: “Top tip: stayed at the Peacock in Rowsley last night! It’s beautiful! Lovely people, fab for a weekend.”

Spiritual knowledge

The Common Room, Devonshire Street, hosts its latest Gin School tonight (Thursday), featuring guests from Beefeater and Plymouth Gin. There will be a chance to taste the entire collections from both distilleries. Tickets £15.

Closed Shop’s open house

The Closed Shop at Walkley is throwing open its doors this weekend for a three-day beer festival. Beginning tonight with celebrations to mark Sheffield Camra’s Pub of the Month Award, the festivities continue until Sunday with a barbecue, live music and a huge array of beers and ciders.

Tapping into happy hour

La Mama, Abbeydale Road, is now open Tues to Sat evenings from 6pm, with a midweek tapas happy hour (four tapas for £12) until 8pm.