Melton Mowbray, billed as the rural capital of food, and home to both the authentic Melton Mowbray Pork Pie and Blue Stilton cheese.

We stayed at Eye Kettleby Lakes, a beautifully presented new campsite a mile outside Melton centre. Excellent pitches with full services, and immaculate bathroom facilities.

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Stuart at Wymondham Windmill

I set myself a couple of tough objectives for our short break over the Easter weekend:
1. Buy a pork Pie.
2. Buy some Stilton cheese.
(and bonus points to be awarded for sampling the local beer!)

So our visits to local places of interest inevitably revolved around food & drink:
Ye Olde Pie Shoppe, by Dickinson & Morris, home of the authentic Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, and another local favourite, Melton Hunt Cake.
The Melton Cheeseboard, for a massive selection of local, national and international cheeses. Stilton cheaper per kilo than the traders in and around the Market Square.
The Sample Cellar at Belvoir Brewery, producers of some curious local brews such as ‘Melton Red’ (celebrating the local origins of the phrase “painting the town red”), and ‘The Blue Brew’ (using whey as a by-product of the Stilton manufacturing process).

Other local attractions we visited included Melton Country Park, and the Wymondham Windmill.