Melton Mowbray is a quintessential English market town, situated in the north east of Leicestershire, close to the picturesque Vale of Belvoir to the north and the tranquil Rutland Water to the south. The area has been built on a strong tradition of farming and hunting, and has become famous for its Pork Pies and Stilton cheese.
Steeped in rural tradition, this part of the country is world renowned for its fine food and drink, and has become a centre of excellence for its local food producers. With an array of dairies, microbreweries, bakeries, butchers and farm shops, Melton Mowbray is unique in its food and drink offer and is well known as “The Rural Capital of Food”.
Melton’s street market is the third oldest market recorded in the country and was registered in the 1085 Domesday Book. Its Cattle Market is one of the largest livestock markets in the country and offers an array of Cattle, Farmers and Antique markets. Melton Mowbray also gave the country one of its most enduring traditions, “Afternoon Tea”, whilst the expression “Painting The Town Red” arose in 1837, when the Marquis of Waterford and fellow aristocrats ran riot throughout the town, painting doors and buildings with red paint. A full tour of the history and food heritage of Melton Mowbray, and its surrounding countryside can be found within the Melton Carnegie Museum.
The Anne of Cleves pub is Melton’s oldest inn, named after one of the wives of King Henry V11 and the house was part of the divorce settlement between the two. St Mary’s Church, over 800 years old, is a superb, proud and stately church built in the 12th century. The 100ft tower dominates the Melton skyline, with 48 stained glass clerestory windows and rare double aisled transepts, and overlooks one of the town’s many parks. The River Eye runs through New Park, Play Close Park and Wilton Park, whilst minutes walk away is the Melton Country Park, with nature conservation, play and picnic areas and large lake.
Melton has a wealth of independent shops selling a vast array of unique and speciality items. The town’s “Think Melton Shop Melton” branding encourages residents to shop locally and combined with the markets, great food & drink offer and the excellent cafes and bistros, Melton Mowbray is a bustling and vibrant town.
For information on places to visit, places to stay and things to do in Melton Mowbray and the surrounding area, please visit the Melton Tourism Site or download the Melton Visitor Guide.
For tourist information and to download the town’s guides, please visit the Melton Borough Council website, http://www.melton.gov.uk/info/200096/information_for_tourists
Use the Go Leicestershire website for Group Information, to Book Accommodation and to Book the Gourmet Taste of Leicestershire short break. The Go Leicestershire website has comprehensive tourist information on all Leicestershire attractions, publications and short breaks.