The week before Christmas my Dad and step mum invited me to one of my favourite places along the south coast of England, The Pig. Nestled away in the New Forest is a beautiful old manner house that is a restaurant serving locally sourced ingredients and also cosy bedrooms for guests to stay overnight. I wrote about my first experience at The Pig early last year.
This time, The Pig had been transformed into a classic English countryside Christmas retreat, and I was being treated to one of their gorgeous bedrooms to stay the night in, alongside glasses of wine by one of their many log fires and (AND) dinner and breakfast.
The bedrooms are quaint and cute with the most gorgeous oak floorboards you can ever imagine. I loved how there was a mix of old fashioned manner house incorporated into a modern country décor.
Also hidden away was this little pantry stocked full of goodies (including a retro sweeties box), and even a Nespresso machine. And champagne.
Later that evening we met the rest of the guests for dinner which I have to say was slightly underwhelming following my last visit but still nonetheless lovely (it was a very busy and fully booked restaurant so I'll cut them some slack). I devoured smoked salmon, trout and an unusual dark chocolate terrine....
... yes, that's a dark chocolate terrine with beetroot ice cream. I'm kind of gagging a bit reminiscing about that ice cream. I know chocolate and beetroot do actually go well together, as has been proven with chocolate beetroot cakes etcetera. However this kind of tasted like soured milk or even, dare I say it, gone off milk. Have you ever had foreign milk (French milk, is what I'm thinking)? Yeah, that weird sour taste, that's what this tasted like. It did taste slightly better with the chocolate pudding buuut, a nice homemade vanilla ice cream wouldn't have hurt, that's all.
Despite the funky ice cream, my stay at The Pig was delightful and I'd definitely like to return for an overnight visit again. No word of a lie, I had one of the best sleeps ever in their beds and would return just to sleep and not even do anything else.
As I mentioned in my previous Pig post, there are several 'Pig's' in the south of England which you can take a look at here. There's actually one near Bath which I'm still so eager to try out (James, are you reading this...). So, if you're in the south definitely try and make a visit to one and they often have great deals on too.