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The Pig
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Beaulieu Road, New Forest National Park, Brockenhurst SO42 7QL, England (Formerly Whitley Ridge Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Brockenhurst
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“Great decor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Was staying over the weekend in the New Forest,saw the reviews and thought it worth a visit.Tried to a get a table in the restaurant for two evenings running but fully booked so they must be something right.Decided to go along for a drink and found it to be a charming building decorated in a pretty masculine but very attractive fashion.Cocktail bar particularly pleasing.Overall very nice envirionment.Slow but pleasant waitress service and papers to read while you wait.Downside-£6 for a beer,come on.Food also looked as though it was priced on the top side.Over priced and I think you'd struggle to say that it represents value for money but if they feel that they can get away with it due to its other attractions so be it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

This is a clever and admirable concept that has been brilliantly delivered. We had a dinner for two and it would be difficult to have improved it in any way.

We arrived a bit early and had drinks in the bar. Once the staff knew we were there they all looked after us really well and were warm and friendly. Menus were brought to us while we relaxed in front of the fire and we were not pressured in any way. As we finished our drinks we were asked if we were ready to take our table.

The ambience of the restaurant was perfect and despite being in close proximity to other diners it still felt intimate. The food was fantastic! We are fortunate to have eaten in some pretty amazing restaurants and this was right up there. There was also a good well presented wine list, with lots of interesting choices within the grasp of most people i.e. not hugely expensive in comparison to the house wines.

The only slight criticism we had was that our table was just to dark. We couldn't see our food and so there was an element of chance involved. Its lovely to have the ambience but it is essential to be able to see what you are eating, especially when its such lovely food. When the lights were dimmed further, during the evening, it actually became tricky to eat but of course we managed and we still had a fantastic meal.

Overall a very high quality chic establishment that seemed to strike the perfect balance. It feels very special but relaxed and comfortable at the same time.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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46 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

Had heard a lot about this place and know some of the founders. A really great job has been done on the place. Very relaxed on the one hand but you are given the slight feeling that they want your chair for the next sitting.My wife had the Bath chap or pigs cheek to you and I and thought it was fantastic with the best crackling she has ever had. Not for he squeamish as still had the teeth Attatched ! M air dried ham with wild mushrooms and duck eggs on toast was tasty, but frankly rather dull. Plenty f places to sit if you could while away a few hours happily.......if the waitresses let you!!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leeds
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

"And I know it seems easy," said Piglet to himself, "but it isn't everyone who could do it." The House at Pooh Corner by AA Milne.

I thought that this was a totally appropriate quote to describe how comfortable, relaxing and easy it was to stay at The Pig in the Forest. We booked in for our 3 night mini-moon and it was a perfect venue for us. Everything seemed effortless: the perfectly placed and plumped cushions on the furniture, the well attended and well used walled kitchen garden, the shabby chic but not even slightly chintzy interior decor and the beuatuful locally sourced food.

We could smell the log fires burning as we walked up the drive towards the friendly looking building, a welcoming smell on a cold November day. The staff were really friendly and we were pleasantly surprised to find that they had booked us in to the restaurant on each of the three nights we were staying there. (This hadn't been clear to us when we booked the stay so we had seperately booked a table in the restaurant for one of the nights which we were able to cancel.)

We were shown to our room, a Comfy Luxe, which was located away from the main house in a small barn. Up some stairs, it was ideally suited for us. A nice, large bedroom with inviting bed and a seperate and equally large bathroom, complete with rolltop bath (heavenly) and large walk in waterfall shower (which you only needed to turn on to about 40% of it's power to feel pummelled).

Allotment owners ourselves, we wandered around the lovely walled kitchen garden and were thrilled to be able to choose items on the menu that night that we had seen growing that afternoon. After a pre-dinner cocktail in the bar we ate in the lovely, Victorian-style conservatory. Like everything else, the food, the setting at the atmosphere felt special without being pretentious.

The meal was outstanding (as was the meal we ate there on our last night too). Fresh and very local produce cooked perfectly to make the most of the individual flavours. The menu wasn't fancy but it was right up our street. In particular we would recommend the Glenarm smoked salmon, smoked by the chef on site. By far and away this is the most delicious smoked salmon I have ever tasted.

Breakfast was a lovely experience but perhaps a little too pricey. I ate from the 'Breakfast Table' and although everything was truly delicious I essentially had cereal and toast for £10.

The attention to detail at The Pig is outstanding and the food is glorious. The setting is beautiful and the inside of the hotel just begs to be lounged around in. Originally we had planned to stay at The Limewood, The Pig's more famous, more posh and more expensive sister hotel, but in fact, we think that The Pig suited us and our mini-moon far better. We would both recommend this hotel and restaurant to anyone. And I'm sure Piglet would approve too!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We had a lovely night and meal at the pig in the forest. The setting, room and food was all perfect.
We stayed in the room called the Hen house, which has a big comfy bed and the most amazing bathroom ever. The restaurant serves high quality locally sourced food, you can even take a stroll around the kitchen garden, which is fab. The people are friendly, attentive and help create a nice relaxed atmosphere. Can't wait to stay again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Recently had a meal for 6 (with 12week old baby in tow!) at the pig restaurant, brockenhurst and loved it. The setting is stunning, the staff friendly and warm and the food was fantastic. The pork chop on the block was huge and succulently delicious! A great time was had by all. The venue is amazing too, we had a nosy around and chilled out in one of the several lounges available. Great night out

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lymington
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

I've entitled this Disappointed-again 2 because my expirience reflects almost exactly that of whoever posted on 17th October
Very odd that menus are handed out in the bar but the staff refuse to take the order until you are at the table
Food was average, my haddock chowder starter was good but the fried baby squid & chorizo was a disappointment. The baby squid were absent, battered calamari (although very small) was served instead, and the choizo was uncooked, all quite cold and on a cold plate. The waiter to whom this was mentioned made no understandable response. The menu described this as served with chilli, lemon, and tartare sauce dressing but other than a smear of what appeared to be mayonaise there was no evidence of it
I didn't bother with pudding although my wife declared the chocolate sponge to be delicious, and her risotto to be below the standard of our local pub
They are obviously doing something right as the place was very busy, but the noise in this tiled floor / heavily glazed restaurant made conversation difficult
Comfortable rooms and nice decor, but they have lost the quality offered by Whitley Ridge, as it was called in an earlier incarnation
Not particularly expensive, but 12.5% mandatary service charge is rather taking the p***.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Beaulieu Road, New Forest National Park, Brockenhurst SO42 7QL, England (Formerly Whitley Ridge Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest National Park > Brockenhurst
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Brockenhurst
#7 Family Hotel in Brockenhurst
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Pig 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pig is the baby sister of Lime Wood – with a little attitude! It is a bang up to date take on a new style of home grown, 26 bedroom country house hotel and what that needs to be today - original, relaxed and sitting comfortably within its environment.......It’s really a restaurant with rooms. This is a place that is all about the walled garden.... everything is driven by the gardener/forager and chef – they grow and find the food – the chef then makes the menu. Our style is home grown in every way – breaking the mold of designed hotels, daring to be comfortable in its own skin, working with what it has and recognising what is good about that. It won’t be perfect, it will be warm, relaxed, comfy, interesting, and homely with muted colours, a bit shabby chic and evolved rather than interior designed. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Pig Hotel Brockenhurst
Hotel Whitley Ridge
Whitley Ridge Brockenhurst
The Pig Brockenhurst, New Forest National Park

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