English dessert was either invented or made famous by Francis Coulson, the owner of the Sharrow Bay Hotel in the Lake District in England. If you want to make this dessert ahead of time, let the cakes cool completely and do not drizzle the sauce. Store in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, drizzle each pudding with 1 tbsp of the sauce and heat in a 350°F oven for 5 minutes or until warmed through.
This recipe is from the book "Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey" and it recommends serving this with vanilla ice cream. The desserts I had in England were more likely to be served with some cream to pour over them than ice cream, so you may choose whichever you prefer.