How to recognise an authentic Melton Mowbray Pork Pie

The Melton Mowbray Pork Pie is recognisably different from other pork pies, both in its physical characteristics and its reputation. It has a rich heritage and is recognised by consumers as a classic, traditional, British regional food.

The sides of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie are bow-shaped as they are baked free standing, whereas most other pork pies are straight-sided and baked in supporting hoops. Unlike most pies, which use cured pork, the meat used is fresh pork, which is naturally grey when baked, like roast pork, rather than pink. The meat must be particulate, as chopped pork is used, not smooth on the palette as in most other pork pies, which contain minced meat. The Melton Mowbray Pork Pie is also well jellied and the meat is seasoned with salt and pepper.

The recipe for the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie is not complex. Indeed, its simplicity underlines its very authenticity and reminds us that the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie has remained true to its roots and is still baked as it was the end of the 18th Century.  Other kinds of pork pies share some of the physical characteristics of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie (just as many blue cheeses share certain characteristics with Blue Stilton), but the combination of all these qualities, coupled with the pie’s reputation, is unique.  The Melton Mowbray Pork Pie has now been registered as a protected product having achieved Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status.  The long, ten-year application was finally moved forward in 2008, when the European Commission pledged its support for the application. Consequently, authentic Melton Mowbray Pork Pies can be identified by the presence of the PGI logo on pack.

Dickinson & Morris has been baking authentic Melton Mowbray pork pies in the town of Melton Mowbray since 1851. With over 160 years baking expertise, the company started distributing its Dickinson & Morris Large Melton Mowbray Pork Pie (454g) in 1996 and its products are now available nationwide in over 880 outlets, including Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s Morrisons, Co-op, Budgens and Booths.  The company has won many awards for the quality and taste of its pork pies, including numerous Gold stars and Best Speciality from the East Midlands at the Great Taste Awards and top accolades at The Grocer Food & Drink Awards.  Dickinson & Morris pork pies were also crowned ‘Favourite Local Food’ at the Good Housekeeping Food Awards and have previously been awarded ‘Best pie’ at the Quality Food Awards and three Gold awards in the British Pie Awards 2011.

For further information about Dickinson & Morris authentic Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and online ordering visit


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Gary Lum
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 19:31:57

    I’ve only had a few experiences of eating a pork pie. I checked out the website and the life of the pie is six days. Sending a pie from the UK to AUS may be a little expensive.

    I loved your post. I like posts like this about authentic products and passion about them.


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