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    by sourbugger Updated Mar 14, 2008

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    Melton Mowbray bills itself as the 'Rural Capital of food'. Considering the disgusting meal I was served in the King's head it certainly must refer to somewhere else in the town.

    The most famous product of the town is the 'Melton Mowbray pork pie'. If you have never come across one of these before they are a 'tall' pie made from pork with a jelly surround a pastry case. They should look like the one in the picture. They are very popular in the UK, and readily available form any supermarket, petrol station, butchers or corner shop. Eaten cold.

    To be called a 'Melton Mowbray' pork pie it would have to meet certain criteria. Being produced in the local area is obviously one. The European Union extend this 'geographical protection' to a range of foods such as most cheeses that have a placename in their title or something like Parma ham. The pie also has to have a certain amout of real pork in it and ideally be 'hand-built'. Ye Olde Pork Pie shop is 'the' place to purchase one, but in truth there are numerous places to purchase them around the place. You can probably even get them over the internet.

    Unfortunately, such stringent rules do not apply to 'normal' pork pies. The mass-produced article has a pinky colour hue to it, rather than the grey of a Melton pie. This belies the fact that any old rubbish can go into them. Mechanically recovered meat, eyeballs, feet, tails, the lot.

    Your Choice.

    PS I would like to add Pete G comments on pork pies : " As a friend of mine would say "made of earholes, arseholes and lips"!

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    by sourbugger Written Mar 10, 2008

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    'Twinlakes' is smallish family amusement park just outside Melton. It consists of a vast number of playareas, both inside and outside.

    Themed with pirates, castles and the like it should keep kids aged 3-10 very happy for the day. There are also farm animals, a falconery centre, simple fairground rides and rowing boats for diversion.

    Teens will turn their collective noses up at it.

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    by sourbugger Written Mar 13, 2008

    Popped in to the 'King's head' for a late lunch one sunday after visiting 'Twinlakes'.

    A blurb on another website about the place read :

    "The Kings Head offers the ultimate day or night time experience, during the day sit back, relax and watch the day go by with a coffee or glass of wine and choose from a mouth watering selection of fresh food prepared by our national recognised chef."

    The "mouth watering" applied only if you were foaming at the mouth at the pile of rubbish you had been served. "Fresh" means fresh out of the freezer. And the "National recognised chef" meant a spotty 14 year old. He could only be national recognised as the Britain's worst chef.

    maybe I'm being unfair to judge the place on a quiet Sunday afternoon, but the couple at the next table were greeted to a masterclass in British Customer service. After complaining vociferously about their food, the management agree a partial refund. When they were still dissatisfied the staff member suggested that "Well, I can only suggest that you don't come back again". Superb !

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