A Day Trip to Melton Mowbray
Fun fact about me; I love pork pies. They are hands down my favourite food. I know they are neither refined nor healthy, but they are bloody delicious. One day I was professing my love of pork pies to Joe as I so often do, and asked him to promise that he would one day take me to Melton Mowbray, the home of my very favourite variety of pork pie.
Being the delightful creature he is, he sent me a booking confirmation the very next day and we started planning our trip. I know most bloggers are posting about the Maldives or Cuba or somewhere equally exotic but all I need is a little town famed for its porky delicacies.
Now, if you don't like food, there isn't a huge amount to do in Melton Mowbray so this is not an in depth travel post. It's a quaint market town packed full of pork pie shops and cute little pubs, but it is also famous for pork pies and stilton, it's even been named the 'Rural Capital of Food'.
The Pork Pie Shoppe is the home of the classic Melton Mowbray pork pie and is a must visit. Their pork pies are next level, you can choose from hand made versions that are made in the shop or ones made in their factory just down the road, they are rather spectacular. Find out more about the shop here.
We also found one of the best pubs we've ever been to, The Anne of Cleves is a short walk from the town centre and is all kinds of amazing. It was a house that belonged to the nearby church until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539, and is thought to have housed Cromwell before being given to Anne of Cleves in the divorce settlement between her and Henry the Eighth. Considering what her and the house went through, they both got off pretty lightly.
The pub is decorated as if it had not progressed from 1539 with antique furniture and tapestries on the walls, as a history geek I absolutely loved it.
It also had the most beautiful beer garden full of greenery and flowers, a perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. We took out drinks out into the sunshine and devoured our pork pies, it was my kind of day!
I wore slouchy culottes from Oasis, a shirt from Mango, my trusty Grenson shoes from Coggles and a simple Michael Kors cross body bag* from Tessuti. The bag is a recent addition to my collection of simple black bags but a very welcome one, it's the perfect size and can easily be changed into a clutch bag.
If you want to find out more about Melton Mowbray and eat your weight in pork pies, find out more here.