Food & Drink
One foodstuff you'll here a lot about in Market Drayton is gingerbread. Market Drayton is its spiritual home, and its been baked in the town for over 200 years to a traditional and closely guarded secret recipe including a blend of exotic spices, rum and local ingrediants. Traditionally dunked in a glass of port, the gingerbread is made in many different shapes, including the town's famous gingerbread man.
Far from keeping them permanently sozzled, it seems to have inspired a whole menu of delights.
Damson jam, damson cheese (a relish), lamb and damson pie and, of course, damson gin are still produced from the trees which surround and even invade the town.
The town's most famous son, Clive of India, even gave the French a culinary lesson. His 'little pies', mince pies before they lost their minced meat, won the Guinness Best Pub Food Award. The French of Pezenas, wolf down 150,000 a year.
The other thing Market Drayton is known for is cows. Lots of cows. Some 15,000 of them are busy every day making yoghurts and quiches for Muller Dairy and Palethorpes.
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