Melton Mowbray & Pork Pies
I'm planning a trip to MM to pay homage to the pork pie, are there any opinions on where to get the tastiest samples?
The Dickinson & Morris shop in Melton Mowbray itself is worth visiting and often has demonstrations of hand raising pies
Mrs King's Pork Pies don't have a shop, but the Hartland Brothers are as lovely people as you are likely to meet and will always sell you a pie or three if you pop your head around the door.
Mrs Kings Pork Pies
Unit 30, High Hazles Road
Manvers Business Park
Telephone : 0115 9894101
It is also worth visiting the cattle market in MM. It is one of the few still operating inside a town's limits and there are people there who sell their own pies
Also check out the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association
This will give you a list of members as well as more info on the blessed pie itself
hope this helps
I went to Brocklebys to get mine. I was quite impressed by the whole shop, not just the pies. And it wasn't just 10kg jars of piccalilli.
The first Melton Mowbray pork pie I had was a Dickinson & Morris one - and it was good - much better then the rubbish we get elsewhere. But once you've had a Brockleby's pie, the Dickinson and Morris ones pale into insignificance. I've yet to try a Mrs Kings one, but have been meaning to for a while now as rumour has it they are even better - but Brockleby's seem to have been winning most of the awards in recent years.
A word of warning! I'm not a big pastry lover, so I judge the pies mainly by the filling, but some people think Brockleyby's pastry isn't as good as Dickinson and Morris's - it's a bit stodgier. I've not heard anything about Mrs Kings' pastry.
I think getting as many as you can and doing a blind tasting is the best way to do it - but some of the shops are outside town, so it involves driving around to get hold of them. There's a website with all the registered Melton Mowbray pork pie makers - there's about 8-10 of them I think.