Buxton’s residents and crowds of bank holiday visitors are to be treated to a slice of history this Spring Bank Holiday Monday thanks to the Old Hall Hotel, who will be serving free samples of their popular Mary’s Cake in celebration of their most infamous guest, Mary Queen of Scots who famously stayed at the hall in the 16th century.
The Old Hall Hotel team will be offering a chance to enjoy free samples of their delicious new cake in the Pavilion Gardens from 10.30am, and everyone is invited to come along and try a piece of talented chef Louise Padfield’s latest creation.
Since launching in March the cake has been such a firm favourite with the locals that Louise, who developed the secret recipe herself, has been struggling to keep up.
“It’s been absolutely crazy,” says Louise. “We wanted to pay homage to our most famous resident by creating something as unique as she was, but we never envisaged that it would go down as well as it has done. We’re looking forward to sharing the cake with even more Buxton visitors on Spring Bank Holiday.”
Mary’s Cake is akin to a Dundee Cake, however Louise says the recipe comprises an unusual combination of ingredients and is as ‘complex and colourful’ as Mary’s character.
“I was careful to consider the ingredients that were readily available in Mary’s time,” she says. “I’d spent many hours perfecting the cake to ensure it was just right, however, there are certainly no cherries in this cake – the Queen didn’t appreciate the taste.”
The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton played host to Mary Queen of Scots from 1576 – 1578, when she was placed under house arrest upon the orders of Queen Elizabeth I.
Mary’s Cake is available now by the slice from the Old Hall Hotel’s wine bar, or during afternoon tea.
For more information or to book visit www.oldhallhotelbuxton.co.uk or call 01298 22841