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PASSIONATE local foodies can learn how to make Melton Mowbray’s famous Pork Pies at a new master class taking part in the town.

The ‘School of Rural Food’ is now open in Melton Mowbray, offering two-day masterclasses on a range of baking specialities including bread, cakes and scones, pastry and of course the famous Melton Mowbray Pork Pies.

The immersive courses will be delivered by Melton Mowbray’s ‘Mr Pork Pie’, Master Baker Mr Stephen Hallam.

Picture: Stephen Hallam Twitter

Mr Hallam spent 28 years overseeing operations at the town’s iconic Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe, and did much to promote the brand by taken the Melton pork pie to food festivals and events across the UK.

“He has a passion for food and is a true ambassador – not just for pork pies but for the town of Melton Mowbray too,” said a spokesman for the ‘School of Rural Food.’

The courses are being run as a partnership between local tourism specialist, Leicestershire Promotions Ltd and Melton Borough Council, Brooksby Melton College and the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership.

Cllr Rob Bindloss, Portfolio Holder for Growth and Prosperity at Melton Borough Council, said: “Investing in Melton and helping to support the growth of the visitor economy and the borough is one of our key priorities for the next few years. This has become increasingly more vital as we help and support businesses to recover from the pandemic.

“Melton has a deep connection with field to fork eating and food production, and this will further reinforce our title as the Rural Capital of Food as a destination for food lovers to experience all that we have to offer in our School of Rural Food and around the borough’s diverse food and drink offering.”

All courses can be booked online and a full covid guarantee is in place. If travelling as a couple, both parties do not have to do the course – partner options are available. For full details of courses, dates and prices, visit

Picture: School of Rural Food