At this time of year, when winter winds pluck at my skinny frame, my thoughts often turn to hearty nourishment of the pie-based variety. The pork pie is an undisputed British classic but, as in all things, one needs to experience the very best.
There are pork pies and then there are golden, hand-crimped pastry treasure chests encasing the best cuts of pork and the richest jelly. And the place to unearth these nuggets of perfection? Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.
So special are pies from Melton Mowbray that they are now protected by European law in the same way as Champagne.Visit the Dickinson and Morris pie shop in the centre of town to sample the original and best.
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