112-year-old Melton pie-maker closes

A family-run business which has made Melton pork pies for more than 100 years and which was championed by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has closed.

Thursday, 9th February 2017, 7:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 9:32 am
Scott Bailey of F Bailey and Son Family Butchers in Upper Broughton with Jamie Oliver ENGEMN00120111018121626

F Bailey & Son, of Upper Broughton, was run by Alan Bailey and his son Scott.

A spokesman for the Station Road business confirmed this week that the business had closed but declined to comment further.

F Bailey and Son, which was established in 1905, was one of the founder members of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association (MMPA).

Chairman Matthew O’Callaghan said: “It’s always sad to lose a long established producer but particularly so when it is a business with such a proud tradition.”

The butchers was visited six years ago by Jamie Oliver and featured on his Channel 4 TV show Jamie’s Great Britain.

Bailey’s also feature in the popular book from the series.

The MMPA has eight remaining members and has recently had an application to join from a producer near Leicester.