'Eat, Drink and be Melton'

Leicestershire has long been associated with food and drink, the countryside providing a unique opportunity for local farmers, brewers and other artisans to produce a menu guaranteed to tempt groups of all ages. At the heart of all of this is the market town of Melton Mowbray, now known far and wide as the UK’s ‘Rural Capital of Food’, and the former home of Anne of Cleves.

This three-day itinerary combines a guided walking tour of Melton with visits to Ye Olde Pork Pie Shop and the Melton Cheeseboard. We take lunch in the heart of the countryside, stop-off at Brockleby’s Farm Shop, and go behind the scenes at Belvoir Brewery, a fast-growing micro-brewery. Oh, and did we mention the tastings? This is a tour that will appeal to every palate.


Pork pie making

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1
Travel to Leicestershire

Enjoy a relaxing journey to Leicestershire. Depending on the route and timings, why not add in an afternoon stop-off. See suggested options below.

Day 2
Melton, walking tour, Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe, Melton Cheeseboard, lunch at Grange Garden Centre and Alpine Restaurant, Belvoir Brewery

We leave our hotel and travel to Melton Mowbray. We take a 90-minute guided walking tour to discover the secrets of this delightful market town including the link with Anne of Cleves, Henry XVIII’s fourth wife. We visit Dickinson & Morris’ Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe, home to the famous Melton Mowbray pork pie. Watch as the experts ‘hand-raise’ a pork pie. Perhaps have a go yourself, but don’t leave without sampling the tasty product. A short walk away is the Melton Cheeseboard, a delightful shop selling more than 150 different cheeses, many produced locally. There’s an opportunity to taste some of the different varieties.

We rejoin our coach for the short journey to the Grange Garden Centre and Alpine Restaurant. It can be quite a surprise coming across a wooden ski lodge in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, but you won’t be surprised at the high quality of the food, sourced from local suppliers. Within the grounds of the centre is Brockleby’s Farm Shop, where you can buy locally produced goodies.
In the afternoon we take a gentle drive through the picturesque Leicestershire countryside, with views of the imposing Belvoir Castle, situated high above the Vale of Belvoir, and the current home of the 11th Duke of Rutland. Our final stop is at Belvoir Brewery, an award-winning micro-brewery. A tour reveals many of the secrets of the process, ending with a tasting. We return to the hotel with time to relax before dinner.

Note – Depending on dates and availability, it may be possible to include a visit and a tour of Belvoir Castle. In October, Melton hosts the East Midlands Food and Drink Festival, with more than 200 different local food and drink suppliers. Your tour itinerary can be tailored to suit. Ask for details.

Day 3
Return home

If route and time permit, why not include a stop-off. See suggestions below.

Suggested options for stop-offs on your journey to and/or from Leicestershire.

  • From the south, visit Foxton Locks.
  • From the south east or east, visit Rockingham Castle.
  • From the north or north west, visit Calke Abbey (NT), or
  • 1620s House and Garden.
  • From the west, visit the National Memorial Arboretum.
  • For a unique start to your visit, enjoy a real taste of Leicestershire with a Luxury Afternoon Tea in the stylish Cromwell Pullman Car on a 75-minute round-trip on the Great Central Railway from Loughborough (3.15pm depart)

Suggested Hotels

Hilton Leicester Hotel; Leicester Marriott Hotel.

Group Price

Special rates are available for groups of up to 25, or for groups of 25 or more. Prices include two nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast, a 90-minute guided walking tour of Melton Mowbray, visit and tastings at Ye Old Pork Pie Shoppe and Melton Cheeseboard, a two-course lunch at Grange Garden Centre and Alpine Restaurant, and a visit to Belvoir Brewery including a tour and tasting. Coach hire is not included. Free place for a minimum 25 paying passengers.

For more information

This tour is operated by our official partner, Greatdays Travel Group. For more information, call Greatdays on 0161 928 3242, or email sales@greatdays.co.uk. For more information about Greatdays’ full programme of UK, continental European and worldwide tours for groups, go to www.greatdays.co.uk.

Note: This itinerary can be tailored to suit your specific requirements. Please ask for details.


Last updated January 2018