Frequently popping up in the foodie features, gastro guides and hot hotel reviews of weekend papers and glossy mags, The Pig at the heart of the New Forest is pretty special. More than a restaurant with rooms and more organic than uber cool boutique hotels, The Pig is a contemporary country house hotel and kitchen with bucket loads of character making it the perfect place to indulge and unwind.
The overriding atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, which means parents with babies and toddlers too as a couple of the 26 luxurious rooms are specially intended for families. The family rooms are actually mini suites which have a large double bed, space for a cot or camp bed, a separate bunk room for children up to 12 and a huge ensuite with 6ft monsoon shower and freestanding bath.
The Pig is a contemporary classic and comfortably lived in country house hotel, featuring restored, revamped and recycled furnishings in a luxurious shabby chic style. The decor comprises muted colours and feature walls, with quirky finishing touches and funky, modern design influences. Roaring fires, big chairs, squashy sofas and a relaxing bar are completely conducive to chilling out and then there’s the food!
To put it bluntly, where better to pig out than The Pig! The whole place revolves around the kitchen garden where superb produce is grown and foraged for the chef, James Golding, to create the constantly changing menus. James certainly knows a thing or two about good food too, having worked with Mark Hix, at the Ivy, Caprice, Sheeky’s and Soho House New York. In the conservatory Country Kitchen Restaurant, guests are literally treated to a taste of the New Forest, with the produce either home grown or mostly sourced from within 25 miles.Throughout the summer, children will also devour the mouthwatering flatbreads served in the courtyard from wood fired ovens and The Pig’s two pet pigs are likely to be lurking for leftovers! As a fun, foodie bonus, chief forager Garry, leads guided walks into the New Forest countryside in search of wild provisions, fromsalad leaves and mushrooms to nuts and berries.
Within the extensive grounds of The Pig, outdoor spaces have been designed like open air rooms with hammocks in the trees, benches dotted around and tables in the courtyard for al fresco dining, drinks and simply kicking back on balmy summers evenings. While grown ups unwind, children can play so everyone’s perfectly happy.Frazzled mums can even book pampering treatments in The Potting Shed!
The Pig has two family rooms which comprise a large double bed, space for a cot or camp bed, a separate bunk room for children up to 12 and a roomy ensuite with 6ft monsoon shower and freestanding bath. Please notes the rooms are charged on a room only basis.
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The Pig is located at the heart of the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, just a mile from the village of Brockenhurst. 90 minute’s drive from central London, The Pig is a superb spot to run away with the children from the smog and stress of city life but the New Forest National Park is also a beautiful corner of the UK for anyone to discover.
Following New Forest trails and cycling is a wonderful way to explore the National Park, looking out for the wild ponies, deer and plenty of other wildlife. The New Forest is also noted for numerous visitor attractions including Beaulieu Abbey and National Motor Museum, The New Forest Wildlife Park, Longdown Activity Farm, Marwell Zoo and Paultons Family Theme Park to name just a handful.
The countryside meets the south coast at pretty seaside villages like Lymington, 20 minutes drive from The Pig. Stroll along the quay and through cobbled streets to find tempting delis and buzzing bistros or do some designer shopping at Angel Court and gift shopping at the Saturday street market. South coast beaches and seaside towns such as Bournemouth are also within easy reach.
The fine cathedral city of Salisbury is 40 minutes drive from the Pig and a day out in this direction could also include a visit to Stone Henge.
Nearest medical services: Southampton A&E