Leicestershire traditional foods

Want a taste of Leicestershire on your UK holidays? It's great to sample local delicacies when you're away from home, and the UK is no exception. Whether you're taking a break in one of our Leicestershire cottages, or just enjoying your UK holidays nearby, tuck into one of these tasty treats...

When the catWho ate all the pies?

You'll need something to go with all that cheese, and Leicestershire has just the answer: a good old pork pie. A Melton Mowbray pork pie, to be precise. A protected species, only pies made within a designated area in and around the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray can carry the name. To warrant the name, they also need to be made with uncured pork. If you're taking your UK holidays in Leicestershire and decide to chow down on a Melton pork pie or two, you're bound to taste the difference - the pies are made with a hand-formed crust and have a much higher meat content than others, making them a world apart from the commercially produced ones found elsewhere.

The big cheese

The clue's in the name! Red Leicester is one of England's best-loved cheeses and originates from, you've guessed it, Leicestershire. Originally called Leicestershire Cheese, the name was changed to differentiate it from less popular White Leicester. Its distinctive red colouring came about when the good cheese-makers of 17th century Leicestershire decided to add vegetable dyes to the milk to distinguish it from the cheeses of other counties. It's thought that back then the red colour was associated with the best cheeses. The method of colouring has changed since then, but its distinctive hue remains the same.

But Leicestershire doesn't just see red when it comes to cheeses, but blue too. We're talking the King of Cheeses - Stilton. You can smell it coming a mile off, but this blue-mould cheese is a firm favourite the world-over. It's best enjoyed with crisp flavours such as pear and celery, or crumble it into a bowl of hearty soup. There's also a white version to add to your cheese board. This one doesn't have the penicillin mould in it and is often combined with fruit to create a distinctive cheese.

In go sloe mode

If you're fond of a tipple, then wash down your Leicestershire delicacies with a glug of Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin. The liquor is made using wild fruits that grow naturally on local hedgerows and is left to infuse for several months - bound to put a spring in your step!

Gin not your thing? Then why not try one of Leicestershire's locally brewed wines or ales for size? Take a tour of Belvoir Brewery, where you can enjoy a meal made with locally grown produce, accompanied with a pint of the good stuff, of course! Or sample the work of Parish Brewery. Leicestershire is also home to a number of vineyards that produce some sterling English wine. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a wine buff, then be sure to try a tipple from Welland Valley Vineyards, Eglatine Vineyards and Chevelswarde Vineyard.

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