Many hotels boast kitchen gardens, but few are as central to operations as that of THE PIG. Here, it’s an imaginative edible paradise from which the chefs source much of their daily produce. Indeed, this abundant patch was the inspiration for the original concept of THE PIG and its subsequent litter of four hotels in the rustic Home Grown Hotels sty (see pages 52, 67 and below). This handsome Georgian shooting lodge stands in a clearing in the New Forest, with walking, foraging and spa treatments on offer. There’s a wonderful Victorian-style conservatory dining room, glamorous bar and outdoor courtyard. Calm, countrified and deeply comfortable, the hotel’s seductive shabby chic comes in a palette of soft greens and chalky greys. Bedrooms include fun family rooms and rustic, romantic lodges tucked away in the woods. The walled garden leads to a lovely lily pond and wooden potting shed. Inside? You will be charmed. Oh, and there are pigs too.
The New Forest is home to lots of wild ponies, donkeys and cattle and you’ll find them dotted in and around the trees of the forest. Whilst we have to leave them to graze in peace, they’re very easy to spot from afar!
Brock eggs, named after THE PIG’s hometown, are delicious little quails’ eggs with a tasty sausage coating. Trialled and tested, it’s impossible to have just one.
THE PIG has around 26 miles of coastline on its doorstep waiting to be explored, including plenty of country pubs! Why not button up, pack a flask with something hot and choose a pair of our many Hunter wellies to wander about in? Who knows what secret and special finds you might stumble across deep in the New Forest!