town in Leicestershire, England, UK

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".

Get in


By car


Melton Mowbray lies about 15 miles (25km) north-east of Leicester.

By train


Train services are provided by East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry to 1 Melton Mowbray station (not to be confused with Melton in Suffolk) 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).

By bus


Buses also arrive 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.

Get around


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. Built mainly in the 13th-15th centuries. The stonework in the lowest section of the tower, which has Norman windows, dates from 1170.    
  • 2 Burrough Hill (about 6 km (4 miles) south-east of Melton). is a neolithic hill fort with high ramparts and excellent views over a lot of Leicestershire.    
  • 3 Twinlakes Theme Park, Melton Spinney Rd (Use postcode LE13 1SQ in satnav then follow brown signs), +44 1664 567777, .    
Melton Mowbray Pork Pie
  • Tandoori Knights, 33 Burton Street, +44 1664 566460.
  • Apurba, 38 Leicester Street, +44 1664 410554.
  • The Jasmine House, 44 Sherrard Street, +44 1664 567871. Chinese restaurant. It is recommended and very popular at weekends.

Nearby villages


Some of the best places to eat out are the pubs in nearby villages, which often use locally sourced foods.


  • 1 Harboro Hotel, 49-51 Burton Street, +44 1664 560121. It 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), +44 1664 564682. It 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, +44 1664 481336.


  • 1 Eye Kettleby Lakes, +44 1664 565900. A collection of holiday chalets with a good restaurant attached.
  • 2 Sysonby Knoll Hotel (Best Western), Asfordby Road, +44 1664 563563. 30-bedroom family-run hotel and restaurant on the outskirts of Melton Mowbray. Traditional and modern food is served in a very relaxed colonial-style restaurant, not a typical hotel. Sysonby Knoll has immaculate gardens and is open for tea/coffee during the day. Particularly popular for Sunday lunch.



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