SquareMeal Review of
From the ivy-meshed Georgian house ringed by New Forest oak to the library leather, racks of wellies and rooms furnished like an antique country pile, everything about the laid-back Pig feels just right. At its heart is a “beautiful glass-roofed restaurant” with a suitably horticultural vibe, while the enthusiastic kitchen is fed by seasonal bounty from a productive walled garden, polytunnels, a smokehouse and the local countryside (courtesy of a resident forager). Expect an imaginative, locally sourced menu full of treats: smoked chipolatas with spiced onions feature among the ‘piggy bits’, ‘walled garden’ fritters are served with wild garlic mayo, New Forest mushrooms pop up everywhere, and fish might include Dorset pollack with Hampshire chorizo, pearl barley and cockles. Alternatively, pizza-style flatbreads are served from the wood-fired oven on the terrace (no need to book). The weighty wine list is stuffed with unusual bottles, while cocktails include zany concoctions served in Kilner jars. “Fantastic service” also gets the nod.