P is for pie... well, almost

Published May 17, 2011

Whilst on my recent alphabet travels, which I will begin blogging about soon, I found myself in the vicinity of Melton Mowbray. You may or may not have heard of the place, famous for it’s most excellent pork pie recipe.

The Melton Mowbray pie actually has protected origin of status designation, essentially meaning that if a pie says Melton Mowbray on it, you know it’s the real deal.

So, being in the area, I thought it would be rude not to visit and pick up some pies, particularly as Mr C has developed a bit of a taste for them at the moment. There’s only one place you really need to go and that is Dickinson & Morris - so original they even managed to get the URL

In fact, the company is so famous that if you are walking down the street in Melton Mowbray (which is bigger than I would have imagined!), there are those black and white tourist signs pointing you towards Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe. Do they have to pay for that? Do the other shops get jealous? You don’t see a sign saying Ye Olde Marks & Spencer, do you?

Pork pie

The trouble with having designated origin status is that the pork pies taste just the same as they do from the shop. That’s kind of the point, but it also means that getting them from the place itself is not special at all.

To be perfectly honest, I was more excited by the bag they came in, as that was what differentiated them from the supermarket down the road.

Still, nice pies though.

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