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“Trying to be something their not” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Pigs

The Pigs
Norwich Road | Edgefield, Holt NR24 2RL, England
+44 1263 714810
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Ranked #18 of 32 Restaurants in Holt
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Norwich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Trying to be something their not”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We had an evening meal at The Pigs just prior to Easter. It was busy and the decor was nice, the garden looked great and wonderful for children. it certainly looked like it was going to be a nice evening. We had to pre-order our food as we were a large group and for me that's where the problems started. I am not a big fan of messing with classic foods, do the basics perfectly and you're onto a winner.

I had the crispy whitebait and the chicken wings to start. Both were overcooked, to the point where the batter on the whitebait was almost burnt and the accompanying sauces were lacking in flavour, especially the garlic mayonaise which barely tasted of garlic. I then had haddock and chips with mushy peas, simple right. Unfortuantely yet again my food was overcooked. the haddock that came out looked to be huge and i wondered how i was going to manage all of that food. the chips looked overdone but were nice big hand cut chips. However, after cutting into them to find them hard on on the inside (undercooked) and overcooked on the outside, it is clear that the chef had the oil set far too high. What i thought to be a mammoth peice of haddock turned out to be 80% batter and the little amount of fish inside was so overcooked, dry and chewy it was a real disappointment. i can only assume that they had put too much batter around the fish which needed longer to cook and subsequently destroyed the fish. The mushy peas had a very floury taste and were quite frankly, foul. Fortunately I hadn't pre-ordered dessert and judging by the 2 courses that i had, i was glad i had saved myself from that. a few people in our group ordered desert and they also looked less than appetising.

my boyfriend had the pork belly for his main which was overcooked and chewy and the crackling he received wasn't the amount of crackling that should have been with the belly. it was a tiny strip (approximately 5mm thickness) and very long. it was certainly crunchy but it was not at all what was expected for a pork belly dish. the smoked beans that were served with the belly were not at all smokey.

the wait times between being seated, receiving starters and then the main was very quick but then it took them an hour from clearing away our mains to providing the deserts that we had ordered. far too long. overall a very disappointing meal with basic cooking not achieved. here i think they have tried to become a posh restaurant but they cannot even manage the basics! it's a rather pricey menu and you are certainly not achieving value for money. i will not be returning here and would not recommend it to anyone.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Redhill, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Vegetarian delights at The Pigs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We had an evening meal at The Pigs just before Easter. It was busy, but possible to book a table on the same evening. I started with some crunchy cockle 'popcorn', while 'the blond' had tempura cauliflower with a pickle dip. My Binham Blue (a local cheese) bread and butter pudding was extremely tasty. The accompanying savoy cabbage was too, although copious seasoning meant you couldn't taste the nutmeg. His beetroot and shallot tart with goat's cheese was equally tasty. The salad was well-considered. We were impressed that the chef had produced two such fine vegetarian dishes on the menu. North Norfolk is an area where we generally found him being a 'vegetarian' was a dirty word!! The friendly staff made an excellent wine pairing for my main course. Two fine puddings followed. Highly recommended.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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“Terrific food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Stopped for lunch and came back for dinner! The menu is much more interesting than the usual pub food. For lunch we both had Cromer crab, simple but delicious. Dinner was, smoked prawns for my partner and deep fried cockles for me, followed by three types of pork, and for me, liver and bacon. It was all beautifully presented and superbly cooked.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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romford
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Great meeting place for friends”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

1st time visit and impressed from the greeting when walking in to ordering food and drink. food excellent and good choice of guest beers.
Ideal venue to meet people and enjoy lunch without being rushed

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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“Good in parts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Four of us had an "iffit" lunch at The Pigs. Iffits are small dishes costing £3.50 each and are known as "Norfolk Tapas". We enjoyed cockles, prawns, whitebait, deep fried blue cheese, spare ribs, duck and prunes, pigs' ear strips, and deep fried cauliflower - they were all enjoyable. The pub itself is more of a large rambling restaurant with rooms than a traditional country pub. There were only a few other customers and the atmosphere was functional without much character or ambience. The drink prices were OTT with modest wines costing from £18 per bottle and real ales {Adnams, Woodfordes and Fox Brewery} at £3.80 per pint! The staff were efficient and friendly. The owners perhaps should be seen during food service. This is a place to go to eat rather than to stand at the bar chatting and socialising.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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