TV legend Christopher Biggins samples Melton’s delights on train journey

Christopher Biggins at Melton Railway Station EMN-150211-163657001

Christopher Biggins at Melton Railway Station EMN-150211-163657001

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National treasure and TV legend Christopher Biggins isn’t the type of person to shy away from a foodie challenge - as was again proved during a fun-filled visit to Melton.

The popular actor and former winner of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! teamed up with train company CrossCountry Trains as part of a campaign encouraging more people to discover somewhere new and experience a day out together.

Christopher Biggins and godson Joe Green learn how to make authentic Melton Mowbray Pork Pies at Dickinson and Morris Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe with managing director Stephen Hallam EMN-150211-163708001

Christopher Biggins and godson Joe Green learn how to make authentic Melton Mowbray Pork Pies at Dickinson and Morris Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe with managing director Stephen Hallam EMN-150211-163708001

Having hopped on board a CrossCountry train at Stansted Airport, Biggins and his godson, Joe Green, stopped off in Melton and were filmed as they experienced what the nation’s rural capital of food has to offer.

The pair had a go at pork pie making at the Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe, guided by Dickinson and Morris managing director Stephen Hallam, before venturing out into the town centre to meet locals and get their verdicts on the pork pies they’d made. Biggins even got the chance to play trumpet in King Street with the Melton Tally Ho Band.

Next on the menu was a trip to Belvoir Brewery in Old Dalby where the former King of the Jungle pulled a pint and the pair enjoyed an ale tasting experience.

Biggins said: “Making pork pies was a lot of fun – I think I’ve missed my calling as a baker! I think Joe enjoyed the ale tasting the most but what was really great is that we just had fun together and the people in Melton Mowbray were so friendly.”

Christopher Biggins shows off a pint of beer he has just pulled at Belvoir Brewery at Old Dalby EMN-150211-163721001

Christopher Biggins shows off a pint of beer he has just pulled at Belvoir Brewery at Old Dalby EMN-150211-163721001

Joe added: “I had a really lovely day. When we were in the town centre with the pork pies, that was really good fun.”

This week CrossCountry Trains released the video of Biggins and Joe’s ‘big day out’ following them on their train journey and their visit to Melton.

You can watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM0oHCPw2Hg

To celebrate the release of the video, CrossCountry is giving away five pairs of first class return train tickets to anywhere along its route in 2016. For the chance to win one of the sets of tickets viewers just need to watch the video to find out how to enter. The competition closes on Monday, November 16.

Christopher Biggins carries a tray of Melton Mowbray Pork Pies he has helped bake at Dickinson and Morris' Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe in Melton EMN-150211-163733001

Christopher Biggins carries a tray of Melton Mowbray Pork Pies he has helped bake at Dickinson and Morris' Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe in Melton EMN-150211-163733001

Christopher Biggins and godson Joe Green in King Street conducting a taste test of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pies they have just baked EMN-150211-163743001

Christopher Biggins and godson Joe Green in King Street conducting a taste test of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pies they have just baked EMN-150211-163743001