Great British Bake Off's secure filming bubble was a 'non-stop party'

Great British Bake Off’s COVID-safe filming bubble was a ‘non-stop party’ with an ‘indie festival’ and ‘nightly bar visits’

The Great British Bake Off’s COVID-safe filming bubble was allegedly a ‘non-stop party.’

The Channel 4 baking programme formed the secure bubble at Down Hall, an established country house hotel in Hertfordshire. 

The six-week takeover at the luxe hotel was to avoid staff and stars getting pinged. 

Having fun: Great British Bake Off’s COVID-safe filming bubble was a ‘non-stop party’ with an ‘indie festival’ and ‘nightly bar visits’ (from left to right: Paul Hollywood, Matt Lucas, Prue Leith and Noel Fielding)

Good times: Alongside partying into the early hours, comedian Matt hosted a quiz, with chef Paul trading whipping up meals for showing off with nunchucks 

According to reports in The Sun, judges Paul Hollywood, 55, and Prue Leith, 81, alongside hosts Matt Lucas, 47, and Noel Fielding, 48, joined staff at the bar most nights. 

Paul’s girlfriend, barmaid Melissa Spalding, also stayed for two weeks, according to crew members. 

Actor-come-host Noel and his wife, radio DJ Lliana Bird, 40, reportedly organised an ‘indie festival’ for staff.  

Six-week takeover: The Channel 4 baking programme formed the secure bubble at Down Hall, an established country house hotel in Hertfordshire

Alongside partying into the early hours, comedian Matt hosted a quiz, with chef Paul trading whipping up meals for showing off with nunchucks. 

To ensure minimal COVID risk, hundreds of the show’s workers had no choice but to remain on sight once they arrived in early June.   

One source said: ‘Some nights we all went to the hotel bar and there was music playing and we carried on partying.’ 

Party animals: According to reports in The Sun , judges Paul, 55, and Prue, 81, alongside hosts Matt, 47, and Noel, 48, joined staff at the bar most nights

Constant partying: Actor-come-host Noel and his wife, radio DJ Lliana Bird, 40, reportedly organised an ‘indie festival’ for staff

Rules were reputedly adhered to by the Bake Off team during filming. 

MailOnline has contacted a Channel 4 representative for comment. 

Last month, cooking enthusiast and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, 40, revealed that he is a huge Great British Bake Off fan and confessed to being ‘mesmerised’ by Prue.  

‘In my mind, there’s literally nothing that can beat The Great British Baking Show [the US title for GBBO]. 

‘Though Prue is my favourite. I’m mesmerised by her spectacles. Her coats or spectacles change and it’s almost as if they change every shot.

‘Or do they change every show? I can’t figure it out. And I just adore her. Prue’s fantastic. I do really love Mr Hollywood, but you know, she’s amazing.’

‘She’s amazing!’ Last month, cooking enthusiast and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, 40, (pictured in 2017) revealed that he is a huge Great British Bake Off fan and confessed to being ‘mesmerised’ by Prue

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