Me? Write a food post? Never…
(Don’t worry, there’s pretty dresses too ; ) )
Yesterday was my Mum’s 50th birthday, which meant time for a family celebration. We jaunted off to sample the food at The Pig, located in Hampshire’s beautiful New Forest.
The Pig offers what they call a “25 mile menu” they source as much as possible from their kitchen garden and what they can’t source from there is produced locally- within 25 miles. The menu offers a delightful selection of dishes from glorious tender steaks, to fresher than fresh fish. There are also plenty of vegetarian options. the menu with its various size dishes means it will cater to your appetite however big (or small!).
I went for the hake with pancetta and sea kale served with a pea broth. It was delicious, the freshness of the pea perfectly complimented the rich saltiness of the fish and pancetta. The meal was not too heavy- a perfect lunch time dish (I’ll admit I did steal some of my mum’s amazing chips- the perfect crispy on the outside fluffy on the inside combo). As you can see from my pic all dishes came beautifully presented- adding that little extra to the meal (milk for tea and coffee came in adorable mini milk churns.)
The selection of deserts on offer was lovely too- again offering a selection of gut busting or light deserts. I chose the white chocolate pot with pickled gooseberries and shortbread. DIVINE. I can normally take or leave gooseberries, but these perfect cut through the sweetness of the white chocolate meaning that it was not too much.
As it was my Mum’s birthday the staff at the pig gave my mum a special pig shaped happy birthday biscuit, and there was complimentary fizz too- A nice added touch.
In my opinion though, the best thing about the Pig has to be the ambiance. The restaurant, decked out like a Victorian greenhouse garden has a really chilled out relaxed feel to it.
My verdict? A definite ten out of ten. Excellent food, great service and a lovely setting. The Pig is also a hotel…it is safe to say I want to stay there now!
We took a few pictures in the reception area and outside… my dress is a 1958 Horrockses, one of my really special pieces of vintage.
Want to visit the Pig? Find out more here