The Pig Hotel
BATD ON Sep 27, 2012 AT 10:40 am
The Pig Hotel is a beautiful 17th Century hunting lodge, tucked away in the New Forest, which has been converted into a boutique hotel with all the trappings of Soho House or the Zetter Townhouse.
Arriving was like breathing out all of ones’ troubles and attaining utter relaxation instantly. A stunning hallway, flanked by a bar and a fire lit drawing room led us up to the rooms, which were spot on – huge beds, the greatest shower ever and so many cool things that I felt like a child in Hamleys (Nespresso machine, sherbet dips and an amazing old-new phone).
After several drinks by the fire and a turn round the garden, to see the pigs, chickens and delicious vegetables, we settled into dinner, which was served in a candlelit conservatory, tricked out with herbs, vines and pitch-perfect music.
The emphasis of The Pig is its food, all locally sourced and cooked to perfection. The menu took us through the best the Forest and Solent had to offer that day. We started off with a plate of beautiful home-smoked Glen Arm salmon with a fresh cucumber and apple salad and a boiled egg, straight from the garden, with new season asparagus soldiers and tarragon hollandaise. Both were superb and made the delicious ingredients shine in the way that Italian food has done for years.
For my main course I had venison with smoked garlic mash mixed chard and a rich juniper jus. The meat was so beautifully cooked and busting with flavour that every mouthful was an epic experience of its own. This, paired with a sublime Uruguayan red wine carefully chosen by the sommelier, meant my chat stunk, but my firework style ‘um’s and ar’s’ were in abundance. We also had a delicious wood pigeon salad and a side of crispy tobacco onions, which were sliced onions mixed with spices and Worcester sauce, floured and fried to perfection.
Rooms from £129 per night, www.thepighotel.co.uk