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.
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