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Visit Melton Mowbray and the Vale of Belvoir

Painting the town red

Belvoir Castle is the ancestral home to the Duke & Duchess of Rutland, and stands high on a hill overlooking 16,000 acres of woodland in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir. It is home to the famous Belvoir Shoot and hosts many large events throughout the year.

The town now has a wealth of history illustrated on buildings with Blue Plaques and detailed in a Heritage Trail. The free Carnegie Museum explores the history and food heritage of Melton Mowbray and reveals the origins of the phase ‘Painting the Town Red’.

Blue plaque

In 1837 the Marquis of Waterford known as the Mad Marquis had been to Croxton Park Races with his friends. Early in the morning they arrived in Melton Mowbray and literally painted the town and a local constable red.

Melton Heritage Trail 

Pork pie making

Melton Mowbray is a quintessential English market town built on a strong tradition of farming and fox hunting.

Renowned for its fine food and drink offer, the Borough has become the centre of excellence for local food producers. Famous for its pork pies and Stilton© Cheese, the town of Melton Mowbray is now home to the Melton Mowbray Food Festival, Great British Pie Awards and the largest Artisan Cheese Fair in the country. It is no wonder that Melton Mowbray is known as the ‘Rural Capital of Food’.

Melton has an abundance of places to eat, drink and experience food and drink. The town centre is home to Dickinson & Morris producers of iconic pork pie and the Melton Cheeseboard where you can taste and purchase local cheeses as well as quaint cafes serving traditional cream teas, bistros serving local produce, pubs and restaurants. On the outskirts of the town you can discover the how your favourite beer is produced before sampling a pint or two on a brewery tour of Belvoir Alehouse or visit Brocklebys to pick up some Sloe Gin or traditional Melton Hunt cake.

There's more to Melton Mowbray than food.  Twinlakes offers a great day out for the family with water rides, animals and picnic areas to enjoy.  The town itself is steeped in history and there is a walking heritage trail that explains the heritage of the town.

Book a gourmet short break

For £129 two adults can book a Stay Play Explore Gourmet short break.

Stay play explore

choose three out of five delicious food experiences including a traditional afternoon tea, Melton Mowbray pork pie tasting, cheese tasting, beer and brewery tour, or a gourmet lunch platter at The Red Lion at Stathern. Plus an overnight stay with breakfast at a choice of country accommodation.

Stay Play Explore 

Last updated November 2015