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Why foodies need to visit Melton Mowbray

There’s a reason Melton Mowbray is known as the Rural Capital of Food. Yes its given us the pork pie and Stilton cheese, yes it hosts the Melton Mowbray Food Festival, the British Pie Awards, UK Pie Fest, ChocFest and the largest Artisan Cheese Fair in the country…but here are three more reasons you should pay the town a visit.

The Stag and Hounds

A Michelin-trained chef at the helm, a brand new menu and kitchen – just a few reasons why you need to visit The Stag and Hounds in Melton Mowbray. Recently taken over by

Before heading up the kitchen here,Dominic Clarke  worked as head chef at The Barn at Moor Hall in Lancashire, where he earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand and two AA rosettes and he also worked at the Michelin-starred Gilpin lodge as sous chef so you can kinda see why we’re excited about the new addition.

Formerly known as Grant’s Free House, Dominic and his wife, Antonia have also set up veg trugs in the garden and plan to make full use of their home-grown ingredients by next spring.

Currently the menu changes weekly and food is served with a slightly modern flair – think terrine of duck leg and liver, cauliflower risotto  and rump of lamb.

Luck and Boo

Another takeover comes in the form of vegan eatery Luck and Boo (formerly known as Apteeki Bar). Michelin trained chef Marcus (aka Luck) and his partner Becky (aka Boo) recently got their hands on the eatery after running a string of successful pop-up nights here.

Marcus has worked alongside some of Europe’s best chefs and at top Michelin-starred restaurants in London, Sydney, Paris and Edinburgh. They currently live in Nottingham but saw a great opportunity in the foodie town. Vegan since 2018, they’re now on a mission to serve delicious vegan food, coffee and speciality drinks from the heart.

The brunch menu includes everything from pancakes to  French toast and for lunch we like the sound of Lucky’s ‘no piggin’ pie served with smoked applewood cheese, rosemary , focaccia, spiced tomato chutney and house salad and pickles. There’s also Buddha bowls, soup and the Lucky booger. They’ve also introduced a ‘little boogers’ menu for the kids and when night falls they hold special foodie themed nights inc Spanish, Thai, Japanese and more.

Tap and Run

In the picturesque village of Upper Broughton, Tap and Run is run by husband and wife team, Harry and Avril. Last last year they picked up the award for Leicestershire’s Best Casual Dining experience in the Leicestershire Tourism and Hospitality Awards and the pub has gone from strength to strength. It has a beautiful laid-back vibe and serves locally sourced, seasonal food and drink in stylish and laid back surroundings. Food includes pub classics, fish and chips, pulled pork burger, pie of the day and more contemporary dishes – think miso salmon, passionfruit, squid ink tagliatelle, bok choi and beef empanadas, corn, chipotle, guacamole, sour cream.

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