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Ramblings on pork pies and stilton

Last one to the Richarding party again … oh well. Many thanks to Servetus for alerting me to this fabulous Richard Armitage interview!

It was broadcast on BBC East Midlands earlier this month (2 April?), and the embarassing/annoying part is that I missed it. It’s our local BBC news station, I watch East Midlands Today on a fairly regular basis, and completely missed this interview. *facepalm*

Thank goodness for YouTube and fans, eh? 🙂

Interesting points (your mileage may vary):

Richard likes pork pies. Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire is famous for pork pies, which is pork and jelly encased in a hot water pastry crust. It’s nice. I’d personally recommend anyone to try the ones made by Dickinson & Morris, because they’re the tastiest. We have done extensive research on the matter, ahem. 😉 (On a side note, I’m attending a crafts fair in Melton Mowbray on November 1st. Come say hello … and if you buy someone a wand for Christmas, that would be very much appreciated indeed. *shameless plug* Discount for RArmy members?)

There’s a pork pie factory in Nottingham (Pork Farms), which also make good pork pies. It’s near Queen’s Drive Industrial Estate, and there used to be a weird smell in the air walking up Lenton Lane quite often, and it may or may not have come from there. Then again, there’s the cigarette factory on the other side of the road as well. It’s closing down soon, which I’m unsure how to feel about. On the one hand, around 500 people will lose their jobs, and that’s bad. On the other hand, a cigarette factory is closing down and that’s a cause for celebration! Especially if they tear down this incredibly ugly building while they’re at it:

Local eyesore a.k.a. the tobacco factory
[Source: Nottingham Post]He likes cheese. He specified Red Leicester, which as far as I know is pretty much a coloured, crumbly cheddar, but I might be shot for treason for saying such words. I’ve not had any in ages, so I don’t really remember what it’s like, other than the colour, and I’m quite happy to have my cheese un-dyed.

Pork pies and stilton is a classical combination. Stilton is a strong (smelly) blue (mouldy) cheese. Eating blue cheese voluntarily means you’re an adult, by the way, so I guess I’m all grown up now. 🙁 If you’d like a recommendation: award-winning Cropwell Bishop. Maybe because it’s local to Nottingham and maybe because I happen to know someone who works there, but primarily because they make a damn good stilton!

So if we’re imagining an informal date with Richard Armitage (which, of course, we all are – I have seen Richard Armitage Confessions! 😉 ), we know what to feed him. Ohh, and fish and chips, of course. The Moleface Pub Company opened a fancy fish and chip shop in Wollaton in 2013, The Cod’s Scallops, which is very good, but it’s only in that one location. George’s Tradition have more outlets around Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, and they’re also very good.

What else? Sherwood Forest. I could do a whole post about Sherwood Forest, and I think I probably will. 😉 And maybe get around to write that post about Leicester too, which I’ve been meaning to do for ages.

At this point, I would say “I’m hungry now!” but I had a really large meal a few hours ago and am still stuffed. Anyway. Rambling over, for now. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

(This post could have been sponsored by the Nottinghamshire Travelhere Committee. But wasn’t.)

Traxy Thornfield

A Swedish introvert residing in Robin Hood Country (Nottingham, UK) with a husband and two cats. She's an eager participant in tabletop and play-by-post roleplaying, woodworking, photography and European travel, when there's not a plague on. Might get a novel out one of these days, if she doesn't get too distracted along the way.

10 thoughts on “Ramblings on pork pies and stilton

    1. After the pork pie remarks I decided to try one. I discovered the English Pork Pie Company, which coincidentally was in my hometown, Buffalo, NY. Really enjoyed their pork pies and other things and have ordered some more. So for those in the USA it is a good option. As to Stilton it was already among the cheeses I buy now and then for a treat.

    1. Oh, yes, of course! Pork! There are a number of people who have always liked blue cheese, but it’s only in recent years I’ve started to see an appeal. Like olives and coffee and beer. 😀

      1. More pork for you 🙂 and we can get some extra olives for me 🙂

  1. What in the heck is a pork pie? I imagine it’s like what we Americans call a pot pie? (Pie crust filled with meat and veggies.) Pork pie makes me think of Porkie the Pig.

    Anyway- you are definitely not last one to the Richarding party, Trax! That would be me because I had no idea about any of this.

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