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The Pig – at Brockenhurst – Brockenhurst, Hampshire
Hampshire & The Isle of Wight

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.

 

Nota Bene

THE PIG is set back in acres of ancient woodland, historically known as the New Forest. Originally, the New Forest was created by William Conqueror as a ground for royal hunting in 1079 and the forest became a personal spot for the King and his closest associates to hunt deer and wild boar.

SEE

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!

EAT

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.

BUY

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!


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