We stayed for a night to celebrate my birthday. Greeting was warm and welcoming. We were shown to our room (number 8) by the helpful receptionist. The room wasn't vast but it had everything we needed and it was quiet with no noise from neighbours and it overlooked the gardens. Fabulous bathroom - roll top bath, huge waterfall shower, lovely great big fluffy towels and gallons of piping hot water. The public rooms are lovely - very "country house". We went down to dinner, had a drink in the bar and then were shown to our table. Now, I had been really looking forward to this meal - I'd read all the rave reviews and was quite excited but it was a bit of a let down. Firstly the restaurant area. Well, I'm all for mood lighting but we were actually sitting in virtual darkness - the only light was coming from a tea candle on the table. I had always thought that sight was an important sense with food - that's why presentation is so important but this was more like those trendy "blind" restaurants (where you sit on purpose in a pitch black room). It wasn't just us - the couple of the table next to us kept tipping their plates towards their candle to see what they were eating!
I'd ordered the lamb tortellini for starters. 3 tortellini turned up - one was crispy where it had been kept under the passe lamp too long and the other 2 the wrong side of al dente. I'd completely forgotten that there was speck drapped over them only remebering when I tasted it (couldn't see it because of lack of light). Mains were plaice (covered with capers - a problem as I hate them and they weren't mentioned on the menu - had to ask for another candle so I could pick them off - and there were a lot of them. Came with 3 halves of new potato which when we'd been advised not to order a side was a bit annoying). and the short ribs (dry and chewy - very disappointing chips were good though). Desserts passed muster (although so unmemerable I can't remember what I had). So all in all not the best gastronomic experience. Breakfast (which is charged extra to the room rate - bit naughty), was OK. There was lots of choice but my tea came in a pot with held barely a mug full and the coffee wasn't much better. My husband had a bacon sandwich - came with the rinds still attached which had they been crispy wouldn't have been too bad but they were flacid so not nice.
All in all, I found it over priced and came away feeling a bit let down. The restaurant appears to be riding on the coat tails of it's reputation - it needs to be careful and buck up it's ideas, the public are fickle and they won't get away with it for long.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pig is a bang up to date take on a new style of home grown, 26 bedroom country house hotel and what that needs to be today - original, relaxed and sitting comfortably within its environment. It's really a restaurant with rooms. This is a place that is all about the walled garden and everything is driven by the gardener/forager and chef - they grow and find the food - the chef then makes the menu. The style is home grown in every way - breaking the mold of designed hotels, daring to be comfortable in its own skin, working with what it has and recognising what is good about that. It won't be perfect, it will be warm, relaxed, comfy, interesting, and homely with muted colours, a bit shabby chic and evolved rather than interior designed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Pig Hotel Brockenhurst
- Hotel Whitley Ridge
- Whitley Ridge Brockenhurst
- The Pig Brockenhurst, New Forest