The Elephant’s foodie tour of Melton Mowbray & Vale of Belvoir

To gain local brand inspiration for a client project, (in addition to our serious love of good food), the team at Elephants Can’t Jump were due to go on a food tour of Melton Mowbray and the Vale of Belvoir earlier this month. Unfortunately, Covid-19 had other plans and the UK was put into lockdown 2.0 the week we had organised to go!

We are hoping to re-arrange the tour once restrictions have been lifted, but in the meantime, here are a handful of the inspirational local Leicestershire brands we had planned to visit:

Brewster’s Brewery: A single infusion brewery located in Grantham which predominantly produces cask conditioned ales, in addition to kegged beers and canned small packs. The brewery was founded by Sara Barton on completion of her masters degree in brewing and distilling.

Peacock Farm: A family run farm based in the Vale of Belvoir for 5 generations, specialising in cold-pressed rape seed oil, honey and briquettes. The ethos of the brand is based on quality, locally produced products with low food miles.

The Country Victualler: A butchers producing a range of traditional fine hams, handcrafted pâtes & terrines, smoked poultry, pies and prime meat. The brand takes pride in supplying to premium household names such as Fortnum & Mason and Partridges.

Balloon Bar at The Engine Yard: A balloon themed bar located in Belvoir Castle’s Engine Yard, which was opened by the Duchess of Rutland in order to bring the community together and create a social space. The bar is best known for its local Belvoir Gin.

Dickinson & Morris Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe: Home to Dickinson & Morris’ award winning pies. The shop gives the brand permission to claim that it is the oldest remaining baker of pork pies in Melton Mowbray, the spiritual home of pork pies.

Barlows of Belvoir: Producers of ‘preserves for the discerning consumer’, including farm made jams, marmalades and chutneys. Barlows uses traditional ingredients and methods, whilst placing focus on sustainability.

Cropwell Bishop Creamery: Makers of the finest handcrafted Stilton and blue cheese, using traditional methods and recipes passed down by three generations of the Skailes family. Cropwell Bishop Creamery’s milk is locally sourced from 13 farms in the Peak District National Park.

Belvoir Fruit Farms: Producers of natural cordials, presses and fruit crushes, with elderflower as the core ingredient. The drinks are made with local spring water, using the same methods of infusing and cooking fresh flowers, fruits and spices, that the founders used in the 1970s.

Brentingby Gin: Creators of handcrafted gin, distilled and bottled in Melton Mowbray. Bruce, the founder of Brentingby Gin, has injected his South African roots into the gin’s design, thus combining British tradition with wider world inspiration.

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