Bite into piping hot pork pies and blue-veined Stilton cheese in Melton Mowbray. The riverside town is nicknamed the “Rural Capital of Food” and is fiercely proud of its local products. Beyond pork pies and blue cheese, Melton Mowbray features a charming town centre filled with red-brick and half-timbered buildings.
Things to do in Melton Mowbray
Melton Mowbray has a rich culinary heritage that dates back to medieval times. No product is more famous than fresh-baked Melton Mowbray pork pies. Dickinson & Morris’ Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe has been selling the iconic baked goods since 1851. Line up to try the succulent pies for yourself and if you have time, attend a pie-making demonstration. Stilton cheese is another local delicacy, created by a local cheesemaker in the 18th century. It will tantalise your palate with a creamy texture and sharp blue veins.
Step back in time at magnificent Belvoir Castle. The Regency-era castle is set on a hilltop and will enchant you with its soaring towers, turrets and battlements. It’s picture-perfect and has features in productions like “The Crown” and “The Da Vinci Code”. Tour the lavish rooms, stroll around the flower-filled gardens and shop at the Engine Yard. The beautifully restored Victorian village is reimagined as a retail complex for local brands and iconic British businesses.
Treat the kids to a day out at Twinlakes Family Theme Park. The 40-hectare park features dozens of rides and attractions, including rollercoasters, go-karts, bumper boats and a log flume. Ride the miniature railway and paddle around the boating lake.
Getting around Melton Mowbray
Melton Mowbray is compact and easy to get around on foot. The town is in Leicestershire, a 40-minute drive from Leicester and Nottingham. Trains connect Melton Mowbray with cities, towns and villages across Leicestershire and the United Kingdom. Birmingham Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away.