Browned off over the Bake Off

12 Sep
012 Wordsworth House - Michael Buerk

Mystery guests: Filming for the new autumn ITV series

I may have mentioned before how much I adore the delicious cakes and scones in our café here at Wordsworth House and Garden, so it’ll be no surprise when I tell you that, like head gardener Amanda, I’m a big fan of The Great British Bake Off.

Frankly, who wouldn’t love watching people create amazing cakes and puddings? As a viewer, you don’t get the joy of eating them, but it’s the next best thing!

So we were very excited when the Bake Off team got in touch recently to say they would like to film the making of a historic baked pudding in our working 18th-century kitchen.

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood weren’t going to be involved, but it was still a thrill to be playing a small but important part in the latest series of such an iconic BBC TV programme.

On the day, the crew and historic food expert Ivan Day arrived, and Rachel, our house steward, helped ensure everything went smoothly for them.

And then came the bad news: we received a very nice email from the production manager, thanking us for allowing them to use our splendid kitchen and explaining that “with so much happening in the tent” they hadn’t been able to include us in the programme.

We were so disappointed. But all was not lost, as we now have an ever bigger slice of TV coverage to look forward to!

Wordsworth House and Garden, along with the North Lakes National Trust ranger team, will be among the stars of a very special new 20-part ITV series to be screened later this autumn.

The exact details are still under wraps, but I’ll tell you more as soon as I can!

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