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IMAGE: The Great British Bake Off has a new home in Essex (closer to Paul Hollywood’s path)

Looks like Essex is the only way for The Great British Bake Off.

The 11th series has started filming in the newly located Bake Off tent on the grounds of Down Hall, a chic hotel in the South East of England.

This follows Jane Millichip, Sky Studios’ chief commercial officer, during a virtual Broadcasting Press Guild lunch that “it all happens in a deep secret, somewhere in the darkest and deepest Britain in the shires.”

The only way is Essex! The 11th series of The Great British Bake Off has started filming in the newly set up Bake Off tent on the grounds of Down Hall Hotel

The only way is Essex! The 11th series of The Great British Bake Off has started filming in the newly set up Bake Off tent on the grounds of Down Hall Hotel

Aerial views of the structure show the famous tent built on the hotel’s lawns – which is much closer to Paul Hollywood’s home than the former location of Welford Park in Berkshire.

Paul, 54, lives in a £ 1 million Grade II listed farmhouse in Kent, about an hour’s drive from Downs Hall Hotel.

The new site is between Bishop’s Stortford and Chelmsford in Essex, northeast of London.

This saves an extra hour of Paul’s commute, with the previous Welford Park near Newbury, in the North Wessex Downs, a two-hour journey through London to Berkshire.

Series 11 of Bake Off 2020 has been in production for two weeks, according to reports.

Change of place! The new location is much closer to Paul Hollywood's home than the former location of Welford Park in Berkshire [he is pictured with L-R ex-host Sandi Toksvig, co-judge Prue Leith and returning host Noel Fielding]

Change of place! The new location is much closer to Paul Hollywood's home than the former location of Welford Park in Berkshire [he is pictured with L-R ex-host Sandi Toksvig, co-judge Prue Leith and returning host Noel Fielding]

Change of place! The new location is much closer to Paul Hollywood’s home than the former location of Welford Park in Berkshire [he is pictured with L-R ex-host Sandi Toksvig, co-judge Prue Leith and returning host Noel Fielding]

Back East: Down Hall is a chic hotel in the South East of England with lush extensive gardens

Back East: Down Hall is a chic hotel in the South East of England with lush extensive gardens

Back East: Down Hall is a chic hotel in the South East of England with lush extensive gardens

Plush: Aerial photos of the structure show the famous tent that sits on the hotel lawns

Plush: Aerial photos of the structure show the famous tent that sits on the hotel lawns

Plush: Aerial photos of the structure show the famous tent that sits on the hotel lawns

Paul, 54, lives in a listed £ 1 million farmhouse in Kent, about an hour's drive from Downs Hall Hotel

Paul, 54, lives in a listed £ 1 million farmhouse in Kent, about an hour's drive from Downs Hall Hotel

Paul, 54, lives in a listed £ 1 million farmhouse in Kent, about an hour’s drive from Downs Hall Hotel

Rolling Hills: The new location is between Bishop's Stortford and Chelmsford in Essex, northeast of London

Rolling Hills: The new location is between Bishop's Stortford and Chelmsford in Essex, northeast of London

Rolling Hills: The new location is between Bishop’s Stortford and Chelmsford in Essex, northeast of London

Closer to home: This saves an extra hour of Paul's commute, with the previous Welford Park near Newbury, in the North Wessex Downs, a two-hour journey through London to Berkshire

Closer to home: This saves an extra hour of Paul's commute, with the previous Welford Park near Newbury, in the North Wessex Downs, a two-hour journey through London to Berkshire

Closer to home: This saves an extra hour of Paul’s commute, with the previous Welford Park near Newbury, in the North Wessex Downs, a two-hour journey through London to Berkshire

Back in operation: Series 11 of Bake Off 2020 has been in production for two weeks, according to reports

Back in operation: Series 11 of Bake Off 2020 has been in production for two weeks, according to reports

Back in operation: Series 11 of Bake Off 2020 has been in production for two weeks, according to reports

Site snaps only saw a private road closed to production staff – and the new cast of culinary hopeful – alone.

The main tent seems the same as always, side shielded and equipped with a series of baking stations for the participants.

Even smaller tents have been built around it so Paul can confer with fellow judge Prue Leith as they discuss the bakers.

Also on set are portaloos, trailers for the judges and presenters – Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas – and a parking lot for cars.

Entry Approved: Site snaps saw a private road closed to production staff - and the new cast of culinary hopeful - only

Entry Approved: Site snaps saw a private road closed to production staff - and the new cast of culinary hopeful - only

Entry Approved: Site snaps saw a private road closed to production staff – and the new cast of culinary hopeful – only

Same old, same old: the main tent seems the same as always, fenced on the side and equipped with a series of baking stations for the participants

Same old, same old: the main tent seems the same as always, fenced on the side and equipped with a series of baking stations for the participants

Same old, same old: the main tent seems the same as always, fenced on the side and equipped with a series of baking stations for the participants

Also on set: there are portaloos, trailers for the judges and presenters - Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas - and a parking lot for cars

Also on set: there are portaloos, trailers for the judges and presenters - Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas - and a parking lot for cars

Also on set: there are portaloos, trailers for the judges and presenters – Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas – and a parking lot for cars

Setup: Even smaller tents have been built around it so Paul can confer with fellow judge Prue Leith as they discuss the bakers

Setup: Even smaller tents have been built around it so Paul can confer with fellow judge Prue Leith as they discuss the bakers

Setup: Even smaller tents have been built around it so Paul can confer with fellow judge Prue Leith as they discuss the bakers

There were concerns that the Bake Off would not take place this year, thanks to the global health crisis that cast doubt on film and TV production.

But it was confirmed last week that the 2020 series will continue after a three-month shooting delay amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The popular Channel 4 show was scheduled to go into production in April, before the pandemic and subsequent lockdown messed up all plans.

However, Gary Davey, CEO of Sky Studios, brought all hope of the show to come back to life on Wednesday when he revealed that filming is ‘going very well’.

It was also reported that the shows quarantined judges and presenters leading up to filming, to allow close interaction on the set.

Although it was feared that the show’s return would be delayed until 2021, Millichip assured, “You’re going to get your Victoria sponge this year.”

Coming Back: The show returns this year after much speculation, after recording was delayed by three months during the COVID-19 pandemic

Coming Back: The show returns this year after much speculation, after recording was delayed by three months during the COVID-19 pandemic

Coming Back: The show returns this year after much speculation, after recording was delayed by three months during the COVID-19 pandemic

Delayed: The popular Channel 4 show was scheduled to go into production in April, before the pandemic and subsequent lockdown thwarted all plans

Delayed: The popular Channel 4 show was scheduled to go into production in April, before the pandemic and subsequent lockdown thwarted all plans

Delayed: The popular Channel 4 show was scheduled to go into production in April, before the pandemic and subsequent lockdown thwarted all plans

At the beginning of the month, hopes of the show’s return this fall seemed anything but bashed, when bosses warned the 2020 series could be dropped.

In a statement, bosses at Love Productions said they were “ working hard ” to deliver a new series this year, as fans feared the show wouldn’t be ready for its usual return in late August.

It comes in response to reports that this year’s series will not feature older contestants due to concerns that they could get sick during filming, despite the show being known for its diverse range of bakers.

The Great British Bake Off – traditionally shot in Welford Park, Berkshire – normally starts on Channel 4 in late August, but bosses have yet to start promotions for a new series.

A Love Productions representative told MailOnline, “We are working hard to deliver Bake Off to the public this year, the priority being the safety of everyone involved in the series’ production.”

Last month, it was reported that the new series Bake Off may not have older participants for the first time in its history.

This year’s series will only feature younger bakers who, according to the Sun.

A source said, “There’s really a sense of urgency about getting the next series of Bake Off in the can since it’s one of Channel 4’s biggest draws.

Contestants: It was reported last month that the new series Bake Off may not include older contestants (2014 winner Nancy Birthwhistle, who was 60 when she won is pictured)

Contestants: It was reported last month that the new series Bake Off may not include older contestants (2014 winner Nancy Birthwhistle, who was 60 when she won is pictured)

Contestants: It was reported last month that the new series Bake Off may not include older contestants (2014 winner Nancy Birthwhistle, who was 60 when she won is pictured)

That means the nation’s baking grenades and grandpas are considered too high a risk. The faded participants of Bake Off are often at the heart of the show.

“Val, who would” listen “to cakes to find out if they were done, and rapping seventy-year-old Flo became a favorite.”

Sources have also claimed that the famous ‘Paul Hollywood handshake’ will also be banned due to social distance guidelines.

All of the cast and crew on this year’s show will have to quarantine together because Judge Prue Leith has reportedly been denied insurance.

Comedian Matt Lucas will join the hosting team alongside Noel Fielding this year after Sandi Toksvig stepped down earlier this year.

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