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£40 - £65
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European, British
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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The whole package is here at The Ginger Pig: an early 20C inn near the seafront; a restaurant offering an extensive choice of British favourites and Me...
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding customer service from the moment you pass through the doors. Such friendly and highly attentive wait staff without being overbearing - they got the balance just right. The food was to die for - so flavoursome - and the vibe was chilled and relaxed....Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 12 April 2024 via mobile

Located close to the seafront at Hove, the Ginger Pig is an excellent restaurant serving very good which is fairly priced. Service is friendly helpful and non-intrusive. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 29 March 2024 via mobile

We have been coming here for many years but, of late, it seems to have gone a bit off the boil. The atmosphere and service is still great but the menu has become much less interesting and the portion sizes have got much smaller. My...brother was told that the scallops were a bit smaller than usual so they would charge a bit less. He went ahead anyway and what he got was just laughable, two scallops each the size of a small marble. I think they had fished them out of a bag of Iceland Seafood Mix. We wrote and complained and heard nothing but have since discovered others who had the same experience. We are staying away and keeping an eye on the reviews, hopefully this is just a temporary glitch as we love the place.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Pamela Mckellar, Owner at The Ginger Pig, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2024

Hi Pete Thanks for your review and totally respect your honestly. Sometimes we do get things wrong and this dish was wrong. I totally agree with you. It’s been changed and much improved with more scallops of a better size. All our seafood comes from...More

Reviewed 24 March 2024 via mobile

The food here is super. We went to a Taittinger & Roebuck champagne tasting with a four course dinner to match and the food was fabulous. The whole evening was beautifully organised with 6 champagnes to taste. Lovely friendly and very efficient staff. All a...great pleasureMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 26 February 2024

We have lived in Hove for 3 years now and been meaning to have lunch at the Ginger Pig. At last we reserved a table for a late Sunday roast. Overall our experience was very good indeed, service being exceptional, but let down with a...disappointment with the main course and the pricing of the appetisers. To start: we were very warmly welcomed, earlier than our booking time (being nearby about 1/2 hour earlier than planned, we sought refuge in the Pig due to heavy rain). A table was quickly prepared for us - wife in wheelchair - and it was the perfect table. My eye was at once drawn to the blackboard with specials on it - "roast lamb for 2", it said. That is what we are both after, invariably, for any Sunday roast, with roast lamb being an increasing rarity on Sunday menus. Our choice was quickly registered with our extremely helpful waiter, who also took a drinks and starters order (tempura prawns had run out, but then it was nearly 3pm...). Our beers were brought to the table within just a couple of minutes. Starters arrived shortly afterwards, priced at £11 and £10. The portions were sadly no more than "snack" size - my wife had star-anise cured salmon with a dill-flavoured crême fraîche, I had ravioli, or rather a single 'raviolo' with spiced butternut squash filling. Both were excellent in all respects, texture, flavour (every advertised ingredient in the salmon and raviolo discernible in all its glory - congrats to chef and platers-up). Perhaps larger helpings would have been "too much of a good thing", or too much ahead of a Sunday roast - but, in any event, perhaps the mark-up on both small tapas offerings might have been a touch more modest? I was moved to comment to our waiter that the service was remarkably efficient at this point: one of his colleagues was about to pass our table, carrying some used plates and cutlery back from another table to the kitchen, but noticed we had finished our starters so paused to add our plates to his collection. Everyone on the waiting team seemed to take little initiatives like this rather than leave things to others. Orders were apparently placed with the kitchen as soon as they were taken, and, when ready, brought to our table by whichever waiter happened to be standing near the kitchen counter. Our own waiter seemed aware of all the timing and in control. Honestly, this level of co-ordination is so rare these days unless you are eating in London somewhere in Mayfair or Fitzrovia under the watchful eye of some 'maître d' in a disciplinarian chef's place. Our main course then started to arrive, brought by another colleague. A large eating plate each, followed by serving platters of meat, veg, potatoes, Yorkshire etc etc. That's when we noticed: it was not the luxuriant pink, thick slices of leg and/or shoulder we were expecting and so much looking forward to from our advertised 'roast', but an elegantly moulded little assemblage of meat 'bits' which had presumably fallen off a bone (e.g. shank) or just been stewed for 2 -3 hours in a slow oven. People! For god's sake, wake up and smell the conspiracy! We are being lulled into accepting more and more mush these days, from pulled pork to braised shanks, and worse - sloppy joes. Look what the fast-food chains are dishing up - and apparently we say we like this! Why is proper roast lamb disappearing from menus? Easier to put a braise in the oven and forget? Cheaper cuts? No need to carve? Sorry - but this was not roast lamb. Lamb it certainly was, and the flavour was there in spades. But in this version, the flavour was more in the juices that the cooking process had sucked out of the meat and the texture reduced to swiftly chewable chunks, too easy to swallow bar a few strands which got caught in your teeth on the way down. To give the Ginger Pig its due, when I pointed out our disappointment to the waiter who had brought us the lamb, he listened solicitously, admitted that the lamb had been braised rather than roast and said he would speak at once to the chef about the description on the blackboard. He could have insisted with fake indignation that the lamb WAS roast, in this case for 3 hours (as would waiters in other establishments), but - bless him - he chose instead to engage with us. A few minutes later, he returned from the kitchens to the blackboard and rubbed out 'roast', substituting 'braised', signalling to us that he had duly consulted with the chef. He told us they do sometimes serve real roast lamb. There is such a difference though that this really should be clearly advertised. The accompaniments to the lamb were first-rate. Roast potatoes to die for, excellent sweet red cabbage, cauliflower cheese, caramelised carrots, a fine Yorkshire and beautiful gravy. No complaints about any of those. We ordered a desert each. These took a little longer to arrive, but by that time we had gorged on roast potatoes and eaten all the lamb (for the flavour), so a little delay was in order. Tiramisu was first-rate, although the advertised coconut flavour not much in evidence. The rhubarb and apple crumble surpassed all expectations: I make a pretty decent crumble myself, but the crunch in this one was remarkable indeed (how did he/she do it?) and the fruit both tart and sweet in equal measure. The vanilla custard was the right complement to all that: so glad it wasn't ice cream. A triumph. So - we will be going back for sure. We will probably skip the appetisers next time, because eating three courses when one of them is a Sunday roast is really egregious piggery, as the pricing of the starters no doubt aimed to show. Please, please make it roast lamb, and I mean roast lamb - not slow-roast or braised - next time. And thank you so much for looking after us so well.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 February 2024 via mobile

Very limited menu. Very very expensive. Not particularly good food. Dull burger. Dull chicken dish. I don't understand what anyone sees in it! It was busy on the Friday we visited so I guess my opinion is in the minority.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 17 February 2024

Overpriced for very average food. Couldn’t wait to serve/get us out quick enough. Previously had great experiences but won’t be going back.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 23 January 2024

Up till now, regarded going to Ginger Pig as a real treat. A classy place to enjoy meals you wouldn’t cook yourself. The dining room was incredibly noisy. The area of seating uncomfortably cold. My main roast cod, was not hot when served. They had...run out of their beef burgers by 8pm on a Saturday night. Alternatives not much of a choice. And vegetarian dishes overpriced. Very expensive for what has now become a dining room serving pub food.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

Oh my goodness, best meal and service ever. Haven’t been for a while, no excuse why we haven’t and Wowzers the food did not disappoint. Everything about the evening was perfect. Alex our server was really knowledgable about the food and wine and really attentive....Friend with us is GF and there was plenty of options.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 December 2023

Perfect lunch, friendly and welcoming, staff, stunning food, beautiful setting, 10/10, pricey but well worth it!!!!!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 16 October 2023

We had a great little family lunch here. The staff couldn't do enough to accommodate us and our 14 month old daughter, and the food was delicious and beautifully presented. We had a great time!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 21 August 2023

Horribly expensive, cheapest wine £29 (over £32 with service) for an inexpensive wine that costs around £8 in a supermarket! The Ginger group was a favourite group of restaurants we used to enjoy before Covid, first time back since, but the prices for both food...and wine mean that we won't be going back. Whilst our waitress "Aga" was pleasant enough, being Polish I suspect that they are on minimum wage, possibly!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 4 August 2023 via mobile

This is not a cheap place to eat out and there is always that sense of trepidation before going somewhere new that you might be shelling out on a real pig in a poke. You want to have a memorable celebration with the family and...know from experience that this could go one of two ways…. The Ginger Pig in Hove is worth every penny that you spend on a meal there. Try as I might I cannot fault it. The food was excellent. Beautifully cooked and served, the menu had something to suit everyone and we all felt we had eaten like princes. But, in particular, the service was impeccable. Nothing was missed, forgotten or wrong. Our main server was absolutely on the ball throughout the evening, as were all the staff we encountered. I think the icing on the cake (literally) was when she brought out a birthday plate and candle at the end of the meal having by chance twigged it was someone’s birthday. So very special and so very welcome. Thank you.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 24 July 2023

Stayed in the 2 bed mews house which was fantastic! Great to relax in and have extra space when staying for more than a night or so. Totally geared up for self catering and ideal for a family or 2 couples. Outdoor seating area which...opens from the living area. 2 well equipped bathrooms, 2 great bedrooms and air conditioning in them. Nice to just go next door for drinks and food and the staff are really helpful and lovely. Stayed here many times but the Mews House can’t be beaten and will be back.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 23 July 2023

Joint birthday meal and thought Ginger Pig given the reviews. Decided on a Sunday roast. Service was attentive and lots of table water regularly topped up. Starters were tremendous as were the drinks. Main course for the vegetarians appeared to hit the spot. However, the...two pork belly roasts defied what was advertised. A few thin slices of dry, tasteless pork that was NOT pork belly. Felt absolutely cheated but was advised by the party to keep my peace. The roast potatoes were merely reheated (I will give you a run for your money with mine) so, overall not what some of us expected. There are better (and cheaper options) for a Sunday roast.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Try car park next to King Alfred Centre on sea front, usually has spaces, street parking usually chaotic.
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Yes great place and dogs very very welcome , park opposite in public car park on sea front
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
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