In deference to those who've requested north of England eats, I offer some thoughts on pork pies.
In supermarkets, the premium label attached to pork pies is generally Melton Mowbray. Melton may have a great tradition of pie making, but my experience is that traditional butchers shops in the north (and especially in Yorkshire) make the best pies available.
Fairly extensive research by me and a few other pie-lovers has revealed that the best pork pie in the world (or at least the best of those we've tried!) comes from Appleton's butchers on the marketplace in Ripon. Moist, tender meat, gentle aromatic spicing, tangy jelly and fabulously light, crunchy pastry makes for a taste treat sensation never yet matched. If you're in Ripon, or driving up or down the A1, and need a quick break for a bite to eat, try it.
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