46. The Pudding Club

Just desserts: a line-up of some of the puddings on offer at the Three Ways House Hotel, Mickleton, on a Friday night.
The Syrup Sponge Room, one of the pudding-themed bedrooms, comes with its own Lyle's lion.The Pudding Club was launched at The Three Ways House Hotel in Mickleton, near Chipping Campden, in 1985 with a mission to preserve the Great British Pudding.

Since then it has become something of a Cotswold institution, featuring on TV and radio and in numerous newspaper and magazine articles.

Every Friday evening, visitors from home and abroad descend on The Three Ways Hotel, situated in the pretty north Cotswold village of Mickleton, to experience this slightly eccentric institution.

After a choice of three modest main courses, the main business of the evening begins when seven traditional puddings are paraded with ceremony and cheers of anticipation.

Well known favourites such as Sticky Toffee can be found among more unusual desserts such as Sussex Pond and Lord Randall’s Pudding.

Each pudding is accompanied by lashings of custard and you can indulge in as many as you want - within the rules - until you say “I’m full!” Guests then relax with coffee and tea while casting their vote for Pudding of the Night.

Passion fruit Charlotte is among the scrummy puddings to have appeared in the line-up.The Pudding Club has featured on the BBC’s Food and Drink and Holiday programmes as well as receiving dollops of additional media coverage.

Over the years The Pudding Club has attracted visitors from as far away as Japan, Australia and America who have read about it or seen it on TV.

Visit England lists The Pudding Club as Number 7 in its list of 101 Things To Do Before You Go Abroad. Its report said: "Do your part to keep the sweetest of English traditions alive by sliding your spoon into custard-drenched spotted dick or sticky toffee pudding.

"You may well need a lie down afterwards so you'll be glad to know the hotel has a quirky collection of themed rooms to check into. The Syrup Sponge Room comes with its very own Lyle's lion and the Chocolate Suite's bed is topped with chocolate-shaped cushions."

The Pudding Club also has a fun website which features, among other things, a WikiPUDia of Puddings and a PUDcast of news and events.

More information

The Pudding Club
Three Ways House Hotel, Mickleton, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6SB
01386 438429 

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