Melting over Melton Mowbray’s Sights, Tastes and Sounds
Posted on January 10, 2013 by sguese
Melton Mowbray finds a home in northeastern Leicestershire. With its rich history and heritage, home to the Anne of Cleves’ House, Melton Mowbray has been a market town for over 1,000 years. In fact, it is home to the third oldest market in England. To see what Melton Mowbray is selling to visitors and has been for a 1,000 years, don’t miss these sights, tastes and sounds of the city.
Shop at the Melton Mowbray Market: On Tuesdays, the whole town and area seems to be at the Melton Mowbray Market. The market has taking place on Tuesday since it was given royal approval on that day, back in in 1324. Shoppers will find a wealth of clothing, household goods and fresh produce. This is not the only one of Melton Mowbray’s markets. The town also hosts a larger Saturday street market along with a small antique market on Wednesdays.
Sample Pork Pie: You can’t come to Melton Mowbray without sampling its signature dish, pork pie. The pie is made up of a seasoned meat and jelly in a firm pastry case. It embodies all the best and worst about British grub. However in Melton Mowbray, the pork pies are tasty, even for non-believers. The dish has been made in England’s “Rural Capital of Food” for at least two centuries. The best are still baked right in town. Melton Mowbray’s pork pies are even under E.U protection.
Sink You Teeth into Stilton:Once you have had your Melton Mowbray pork pie, you
can then sink your teeth into another area specialty, stilton. The cheese is also E.U. protected, meaning it can only be made in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire. Quenby Hall is one of the main dairies in the area producing the cheese. The site was recorded in the Domesday Book and affords the visitor not just with a helping of cheese but also 360 degree views of the countryside.
Make a Day Trip: If you hire a car while in Melton Mowbray, you can take advantage of a variety of day trips. Rutland Water is a popular first stop for the day. It is the largest man-made reservoir in Europe. Travelers also enjoy cruising to Bradgate Park, the former home of Lady Jane Grey. It has become a hotspot for photographers looking to spot rutting deer.
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