A long-running battle to protect the heritage of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie has reached the High Court.

Pork pie makers from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire claim that the pastry is a regional dish and should only be made in the area.

The pies have already won the support of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to seek official protection from the European Union.

However, food manufacturer Northern Foods has argued that the pies are a national institution and have been made outside the area for more than a century.

In court it said that the proposed area for authentic production, a 1,800 sq m patch between Grantham, Nottingham and Northampton, was much larger than a limited region demanded by EU regulations.

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