Community | Heritage | Food

Forget what you think you know. Rediscover an amazing place.


Melton has everything. While we are known worldwide for our Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese, and across Britain as the nation’s Rural Capital of Food, there’s so much more to this quintessential English town and its impressive surroundings.

It is an oasis in the glorious rolling Leicestershire countryside, with 70 beautiful villages dotted around the borough. Melton is centrally located and exceptionally well connected. Get ready to soak up our rich heritage when you visit Melton, when you choose to live in Melton, or when you do business in Melton.


Discover a colourful history rooted in farming, food, a record of manufacturing success and home to award-winning businesses.

  • Living – Historic town and beautiful countryside

  • Visit – So much to do, see and enjoy

  • Invest – The best place for business


Melton is a town which is crammed with Royal connections, from the visit of King Richard I in 1194 through to Prince Charles visiting the historic livestock market in 2000. No fewer than eleven of the 14 Plantagenet Kings visited Melton, and Thomas ‘Wolf Hall’ Cromwell owned the priory that is now the Anne of Cleves pub.

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Painting the town red story

British history has been marked by the drinks we enjoy, the company we share them with and the places we consume them. From cocktails to craft beer and some superb local spirits and liqueurs, Melton Mowbray continues a tradition that started with painting the town red.

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Melton is known as the ‘Rural Capital of Food’ for good reason: it’s the place to find outstanding local delicacies. From the pork pie to Stilton cheese, plus all kinds of other local award-winning produce, when you visit Melton, make sure that you are ready to feast.

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The history of Britain is built into Belvoir Castle. The regency architecture and surrounding gardens that date back to William the Conqueror were used in the film The Da Vinci Code and as a backdrop for Netflix’s The Crown. After exploring, make time to shop for the very best local goods at The Engine Room. Crowning a hill in rural Leicestershire’s Vale of Belvoir, Belvoir Castle has been the home to the Duke of Rutland’s family since 1067.

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life style

Long known as the rural capital of food, Melton is now becoming the place to find quirky and unique places to stay, from glamping to quaint cottages and converted barns to beautiful pubs.

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As the ‘capital of hunting’, 19th century Melton was where royals and aristocrats headed for the winter season. Today, it’s food lovers who descend on the ‘Rural Capital of Food’, hunting out local specialities, with farm-fresh dairy the cream of the crop.

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A hotel stay should always come with pampering included, and Stapleford Park offers luxury on a grand scale, with guests experiencing the opulence its residents enjoyed for centuries.

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Offering two different Pie Making Workshops and Bread Making Workshops

Ultimate Pie making experience will teach you everything that you need to know to produce a traditional Melton Mowbray Pork Pie to rival the professionals.  Group experience can be designed to suit the requirements of your group, suitable for all ages and abilities.

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Events Calendar

What’s happening across Melton in 2024

Melton Mowbray Street Market

July 23 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Melton Mowbray Guided History Trail

July 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Vintage & Classic Car Meet

July 26 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Melton Mowbray Street Market

July 27 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Melton Mowbray Street Market

July 30 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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