If THE PIG in Brockenhurst is the country mouse, then this is its town mouse cousin, just 20 minutes away in Southampton, charmingly embraced by the city’s defensive walls. It’s gorgeous, affordable and makes a great choice for a hassle-free short break, easily reached by train. Hole up in one of its faultless shabby chic bedrooms with their retro radios, telephones and alarm clocks, rain showers and roll-top baths, superb beds, well-stocked fridge ‘larders’, bare floorboards, painted wood ceilings and pretty fabrics. In the morning, linger over pastries, cold meats, boil-your-own eggs and the morning papers in the Edwardian country style kitchen-cum-parlour. For lunch you can graze from the inviting deli counter, which acts as reception too. Later you can do some damage in the West Quay shopping centre and then, at cocktail hour, jump into the hotel’s Land Rover for a free ride back to dinner at THE PIG. Back at The Wall for the night, you’ll be as happy as pigs in – er – manure.
THE PIG-in the wall might be the smallest PIG, but it’s certainly got its own story to tell. Situated in the old medieval walls of Southampton, this little urban hideaway is bursting to the brim with a history of its own. Directly next to the building, is an archway that Henry V’s army marched through over 600 years ago, along with the Pilgrim Fathers who embarked the Mayflower to sail to the Americas.
Whether you’d like to stay and graze or grab and go, the Deli serves a range of fresh and tasty salads, soups and PIG signature dishes. Be sure to try some of their signature brownies.
Wander around the West Quay Watermark, a state-of-the-art shopping mall with a bowling alley, luxury cinema and over twenty restaurants to choose from.