Duo put Preston’s name to tasty tart

Photo Neil Cross'Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines and Derek Smith making Preston Plum Tarts, a Preston-inspired cake they hope to get the city on the map
Photo Neil Cross'Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines and Derek Smith making Preston Plum Tarts, a Preston-inspired cake they hope to get the city on the map
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The world already enjoys Chorley Cakes, Eccles Cakes, Manchester Tarts, and Bakewell Tarts.

Now proud Prestonians have introduced...the Preston Plum Tart.

The creation is the work of Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines and Preston caterer Derek Smith.

For more than 50 years, Lady Grenfell-Baines has been a notable citizen of Preston. She is a hard working member of the city’s twinning committee and has put her cookery skills to work on behalf of Preston and the wider region for decades.

Last weekend she found herself on the Lancashire Market manning a stall 
celebrating international cuisine - and decided there should be a Preston signature delicacy.

She then came up with the idea of the Preston Plum 
Tart, and through a collaboration with Derek has now unveiled the tasty pastry to the British public. She said: “I really wanted to invent something special for the market.

“I thought we already had Chorley Cakes, Bakewell Tarts and so on – but there was 
nothing with Preston’s name in it.

“They are plum tarts and they are full of loads of fresh fruit.

“They are delicious - and we will be making the recipe available.”

Derek created a batch 
for the market but as yet 
there are no plans to sell 
them commercially.