If like me you’re a fan of the BBC cooking competition The Great British Bake Off you’ve probably admired the building and grounds that you see in the show. So, where is the Great British Bake Off filmed?
Well the amateur bakers cook inside a large marquee in the grounds of Valentines Mansion, a striking 300 year old building that has been a private residence, a home for wartime refugees, a hospital and council offices. After standing empty for a decade or more, Valentines Mansion was restored by Redbridge Council with part-funding from Heritage Lottery funds.
Melissa Brown, from Love Productions, who produce the eight-part series, said, “Valentines Mansion was the perfect place to film the second series as it offered so much. The house is beautiful and the well kept flower beds, surrounding gardens and park helped make a perfect backdrop for the ‘Bake Off’ marquee and filming. The accessibility to good transport links and the Gardener’s Cottage Café that served us unending great coffee to help through the long days was also a real bonus!”
The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) sees twelve amateur bakers test their cake-baking, pastry and bread-making skills. Each week one contestant has to leave the competition that is judged by cookery writer Mary Berry and baker Paul Hollywood. The BBC2 series is hosted by Mel Giedroyc (left) and Sue Perkins (right)- pictured above., the challenges are devised by legendary cookery writer Mary Berry and baker Paul Hollywood who are also on hand to