This week I went away with Mum for a two night break down in the New Forest. We stayed in a wonderful hotel in Brockenhurst called The Pig Hotel. They describe themselves as more of a restaurant with rooms as their focus on food is huge. Many people even travel all the way down from London to visit the restaurant, which is madness considering how many places there are to eat in London!
On the first day we arrived for a light lunch in the courtyard. I opted for a flatbread with homegrown tomatoes and basil with goats cheese and salt. It was mouth-wateringly good and you can really taste the freshness of the food.
Look at that lovely fresh juicy tomato, just bursting with flavour!
After lunch we made the most of the rare sunny weather and went on a refreshing walk down to the coast.
On the way we encountered various fountains and flowers buried amongst the trees.
Finally we broke through the trees to be met with gorgeous views across the stretching coastline.
Cocktails at The Pig Hotel
Feeling positively wind swept we meandered back to The Pig Hotel where we got ready for dinner. First we sat in the drawing room (the hotel is an old country manor house). Here we flicked through the quirky drinks menu hidden in an old ‘Pig Keeping’ book.
We both opted for a seasonal Bellini. It is made using whatever fruit they have going in the garden, which happened to be blackberry. Accordingly, the drink was pretty, refreshing and zesty, providing the ideal precursor to our indulgent evening meal.
25 Mile Menu
Ready for dinner, we sat in the conservatory area. It feels a bit like sitting in a glorified greenhouse, as you are surrounded by homegrown herbs and plants, with tomato vines winding up the walls. We glanced over the ’25 Mile Menu’ – all ingredients used are sourced from within 25 miles of the hotel.
For starter I chose A Pinch of Salt’s Wild Boar & Asparagus Salad with Garden Onion & Old Sarum Blue Cheese:
Next, for main course, Mum and I both chose Verney Farm Lamb Rump & Smoked Potato with Isle of Wight Garlic & Broad Bean Leaves:
I have to say that I wasn’t a huge fan of the smoked potato as it tasted like I’d inhaled a load of bonfire smoke. Although mum liked it so maybe that was a personal thing. Nevertheless, the lamb was delicious. It was everything you’d want from lamb – tender, succulent and SO tasty.
For dessert we shared Iced Howat’s Honeycomb Terrine with Lemon Curd Ice Cream:
This was also delicious and I particularly loved the crunchy honeycomb pieces sprinkled on top.
Feeling positively stuffed, we finished our wine and waddled up to bed.
Stay tuned for days two and three of our mini break! In the meantime you can check out The Pig Hotel’s website.