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Melton Mowbray - usually referred to locally as just Melton - is a market town in the county of Leicestershire, England. It is famous for the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie and as the centre of Stilton Cheese production. Melton Mowbray is also recognised as the "Rural Capital of Food".
Melton Mowbray lies about 15 miles (25km) north-east of Leicester.
Train services are provided by East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry on the Birmingham - Leicester - Peterborough line, with services about hourly in both directions (a bit more frequently during rush hours, and a very poor service on Sundays).
Buses also go to/from Leicester, Oakham, Nottingham, Loughborough and Grantham. There are no buses in or out of Melton in the evenings or on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The main two bus companies are Arriva and Centerbus.
The town centre is fairly small and can generally be done on foot. Most of the main shops and streets are wheelchair/pram friendly. The main shopping area is pedestrianised apart from delivery vehicles.
- 1 St Mary's Church, Burton Street. Building mainly 13th-15th century. The stonework in the lowest section of the tower, which has Norman windows, dates from 1170.
- 2 Burrough Hill (about 6 km/4miles south-east of Melton). is a neolithic hill fort with high ramparts and excellent views over a lot of Leicestershire.
- 1 Dickinson & Morris (Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe), 10 Nottingham Street, ☏ .
- 2 Fern Mae's Traditional Sweet Shop, 8 Market Pl, ☏ .
- 3 The Melton Cheeseboard, 8 Windsor Street, ☏ .
- Tandoori Knights, 33 Burton Street, ☏ .
- 1 The Spice Club, 22 Burton Street, ☏ .
- Apurba, 38 Leicester Street, ☏ .
- The Jasmine House, 44 Sherrard Street, ☏ . Chinese restaurant, is recommended and very popular at weekends.
- 2 Thai Sabah, 24 Burton Street, ☏ . providing an comprehensive (if slightly expensive) menu, excellent service and tasty food.
Some of the best places to eat out are the pubs in nearby villages, which often use locally sourced foods.
- 4 The Crown Inn, Coston Road (At Sproxton), ☏ .
- 5 The Rose & Crown, 43 Bolton Lane (at Hose), ☏ . for an excellent selection of guest ales
and further afield,
- 1 Harboro Hotel, 49-51 Burton Street, ☏ . has a good variety of traditional real ales and offers an excellent Sunday lunch.
- 2 Noel's Arms, 31 Burton Street. real ales, and live bands on Fridays and Saturdays. The bands tend to be formulaically loud.
- 3 The Crown, 10 Burton Street (next door to St Mary's Church), ☏ . is a splendid pub, the landlord Mr Trettis being the longest serving in the town. Sunday lunches are of a very high standard.
- 4 The Anne Of Cleeves, 12 Burton Street, ☏ .
- 1 Eye Kettleby Lakes, ☏ . collection of holiday chalets with a good restaurant attached
- 2 Sysonby Knoll Hotel (Best Western), Asfordby Road, ☏ . 30 bedroom family run hotel and restaurant on outskirts of Melton Mowbray. Traditional and modern food served in a very relaxed colonial style restaurant - not a typical hotel restaurant. Sysonby Knoll has excellent gardens and is also open for teas/ coffees etc during the day. Particularly popular for Sunday Lunch.