Pudding pleasures in the Cotswolds
PUBLISHED: 07:57 07 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:05 03 April 2019
Three Ways House Hotel in Mickleton is not only a charming hotel in the Cotswold countryside, but is also home to the famous Pudding Club. Richard Northgate enjoyed a visit
For the last 30 years, the Pudding Club has been fighting the good fight in its mission to preserve the Great British Pudding — and it’s done a pretty good job!
The home of the Pudding Club is the Three Ways House Hotel in the Gloucestershire village of Mickleton, near Chipping Campden. Every Friday evening, national and international visitors come to the little Cotswold village to experience this slightly eccentric institution, from a jovial introduction by The Pudding Master to a light main course, and then, the main event — the Parade of Seven Puddings.
As something of a pudding-phile myself, it was with great anticipation that I visited Three Ways House. After an afternoon in Stratford Upon Avon, just 10 minutes away, there was just time to settle into our room before heading out for an evening stroll in the gorgeous Cotswold countryside in search of the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor Garden, just five minutes away by car or 30 minutes on foot. It was all in a good cause, to build up a healthy appetite for some guilt-free dining in the restaurant that evening.
The restaurant is an AA Rosette award-winning eaterie which welcomes both residents and non residents to delight in the weekly-changing menu which is built upon using the best fresh, seasonal and local produce — although traditional British puddings are always on the menu.
Choices include pan-fried sea bass with a Thai broth and crispy noodles, roast belly of pork with black pudding mash and a thyme jus or poached fillet of lemon sole with sautéed spinach and a caper sauce. For Saturday night diners, the British pudding is still a staple with a selection of traditional puddings from the Pudding Club, all served with lashings of custard!
With 48 bedrooms, Three Ways House has been justly rewarded by Visit England with a Gold Award as well as a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the restaurant and hotel. There is even the chance to stay in a Pudding Bedroom, with the opportunity to curl up in the Sticky Toffee Room or indulge yourself in the Chocolate Suite with organic chocolate shampoo, bath foam and delicious Fairtrade Divine Chocolate.
Our spacious room was expertly appointed and beautifully decorated, with plenty of spaces to slump into after the overindulgence of the dining room. A deep sleep, and then the Cotswold countryside would be on hand once again to march off more calories.
Travel Tip: As a dog-friendly hotel, your dog is welcome too at the Three Ways House.
Travel Tip: If you are more of a chocoholic than a pudding-phile, why not try the 24 Hours of Chocolate break including a Chocolate Car Treasure Hunt, a DIVINE Chocolate Cookery demonstration and even chocolate for breakfast.