Sunday, 5 October 2008

Melton Mowbray Pork Pie gains special European status

We lived in Melton Mowbray for nine years prior to moving to Milton Keynes.  And one of the delights that we quickly discovered was authentic Melton Mowbray pork pie.  These were so good that I would put them in the class of delicacy, not a term usually associated with pork pies.  

Today I heard the news that at last the Melton Mowbray pork pie has received special protected geographical status.  This means that it is now in company with Arbroath Smokies, Cornish Clotted Cream, Welsh Lamb, and further afield Parma Ham, and Champagne.  And that only producers making pork pies using a traditional recipe and in the vicinity of Melton Mowbray can use the town's name.  Wondrous news!

One irony is that Matthew O'Callaghan, who has worked tirelessly for the status of the pork pie, is in fact a vegetarian!

For those who haven't yet lost the will to live, a proper Melton Mowbray pork pie consists of the finest fresh, uncured (hence the grey appearance), British pork, with pastry that is hand-formed giving a slightly irregular appearance, and with the final ingredient of natural bone-stock jelly.  These delicacies appeared at all Melton Mowbray social gatherings we attended, and as the finest pork pies, made by Dickinson & Morris since 1851, can be purchased in a number of supermarkets, they appear regularly at our regional ministry team meetings, and on other special occasions. Probably they are now most enjoyed in our home for breakfast on Christmas Day (and Boxing Day), maintaining what is an established Leicestershire custom.  

2 comments:

Catriona said...

Sounds good to me. Having spent most of my childhood in Northampton I was relatively old before I came across the pink-meat things that aren't from Melton.

Now, just got to sort the Eccles cakes, Banbury cakes and Pontefract cakes...

Lee Stewart said...

Where I haved lived I Have continued to a high value put on the Melton Mowbrsy Pork Pie. When I was living in Northamptonshire, which has been about 80% of my life so far; several local travel agents would arrange special visits to Melton Mowbray just to experience the pie!
Having lived in the US for the past 5 years, I miss them alot & recently I was home visiting the UK and this was one of the first things I bought.
So Cheers for the Melton Mowbray pork pie & hopefully all the fakes will be left standing!