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“Little oasis in the food desert of Southampton”

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The Pig in the Wall
Ranked #2 of 43 Southampton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 11, 2013

We had been meaning to go here for ages after seeing good reviews and managed to fit in lunch between the Sea City Museum and Tudor House both highly recommended.

Opened the door, immediately greeted with 'Hello' by the two people behind the bar and found a nice little table by the fire. Nice surroundings and interesting choice of snacks. First problem no draught beers so not wishing to rip my friend off by having a pint of Peroni via bottles at £6.82 I decided to slum it with some bitter, Hampshire Rose, which thank goodness was served cold so tasted not to bad to my lager lout's taste buds.

For food we shared some awesome pork scratchings with apple sauce (the menu described them as pork scratchings which is doing themselves down), and some olives and pickles plus some free almonds, very nice, and nicely served.

For 'mains' two of us had the charcuterie and the other two had quiches of different flavours, all plates cleaned and conclusion = yummy. My only complaint is that they could have been a little more generous with the four different cuts of meat.

It wasn't cheap (about £16 each) but worth it and would definitely recommend it, I think it would be superb for afternoon tea.

So overall very good, nice chap who served us, pleasant and informative.

Really good experience, go try!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

After an awful experience at the neighbouring Grand Harbour hotel it was lovely to find such a great place to stay whilst visiting our daughter who is at uni in Southampton. We arrived on Saturday booked into the Grand Harbour for one night checked in at 2.00pm but was told the room would not be ready until 3.00 ish. That was fine until 3.00pm came and went it got to 5.00pm and were told it could be as late as 6.30 pm it was total chaos in there. We walked next door to the Pig in the Wall and very luckily got a room straight away and what a lovely room it was. The staff were fantastic nothing was too much trouble. Breakfast was extremely relaxed, decor is very stylish and everywhere is very clean. Again thanks to Beth who was brilliant and will definitely be staying there in the future and will also be trying the other 2 in the group. Can't say enough good things and this is the very first time on trip advisor but just had to sing their praises.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

I am seeing all these 5 star reviews and I just dont get it. I am reviewing this as a someone who only went in for a drink and bite to eat, I didn't stay in the hotel.

Q: What exactly is it... Is it a bar? Is it a cafe? Is it a coffee shop? Is it a restaurant?
A: None of the above, its just plain weird!

The inside is really small, but done up nicely, I like the decor, well apart from the overkill on the herbs? Really why so many herbs? Sadly the decor is all I liked.

Firstly the menu, Its not really 'food' its snacks, its ridiculously overpriced, small portioned snacks. There is only a handful of things on the menu, and none of them appetising.
Then we have the drinks, there is tea and coffee, and some alcoholic drinks, but at £6 for a small glass of wine and £11 for a large, thats just a joke.

Anyway we both looked at each other in bewilderment, the place looks like a really nice old fashioned pub outside... and a living room inside (covered in herbs? ), but we soldiered on, we ordered some overpriced drinks and a bread board. The bread board consisted of some pickles, some bread, a couple of uncooked cherry tomatoes and a few scraps of meat (apparently they are locally sourced, so that makes it totally okay to serve you a few scraps and charge you the earth? )

The staff were all very nice, in a very fake Americanised "how is your day", smiley, pretentious nice kind of way. The music was suitable soft jazz, to add to the nice pretentious atmosphere.

Now i like twee, i like quaint, I like unusual places, even pretentious places, that are honest to what they are, and for those real places, I am willing to pay.... but this isn't... its just trying too hard. The result is just awful.

I finished my overpriced drink, picked at my last raw tomato and vowed never to return.

In this day and age, we need good honest places, not places that have the right music, the right colour wall paint and just enough mismatched glassware and cutlery to pretend they are something they are not and rip you off for the privilege.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

The Pig in Brockenhurst is excellent, the Limewood hotel, also first class, these then are all part of the same forward thinking, well funded group of businesses , and it's no surprise to find the little Pig in the Wall, Southampton, to be a fresh approach to City stays. It's small, comfortable, and currently has the perfect staff for the location, (actually, in this instance, this hotel will live and die on who is employed). Arriving late, you have someone there at the car door to meet you almost before you have parked, and the level of service is on a par with the front of house at Limewood. This if it gets rolled out in other places, with care, will work brilliantly.

As to this Pig, one night availability is brilliant , but wonder how long (at weekends) this will last, and breakfast? I would re think the offering. Invest in a small griddle/ extraction system and at least offer say chunky bacon sandwiches, sausages and poached eggs or Eggs Benedict. If Mr or Mrs owner, manager ever reads this, look at the Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Newquay breakfast offering and add it as an additional revenue stream!

Perfect, good luck, will return, oh, and you do realise that you will be absolutely rammed during the boat show, so get the back bar ready for evening drop ins!!

Room Tip: Room 10 , but all quite small. Sunday breakfast, cramped if coming down late to read the paper.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Having stayed at The Pig, Brockenhurst we thought we'd give the Pig in the Wall a go as we wanted to do some weekend shopping. Easy to find and brilliantly placed for shopping at West Quay this latest Pig is great. The rooms are not huge - we had a comfy room, not sure what a snug room would have been like! They are however beautifully appointed with wonderful comfy beds and fantastic power showers. The staff were incredibly welcoming and keen to make sure that we had everything we needed. Breakfast is fun - an eclectic selection of cereal, fruit, pastries and meats culminating with an egg boiler for you to cook your own boiled eggs and toaster for the obligatory toasted soldiers - fab! Excellent coffee available and fresh juice. We found Sunday morning more of a challenge as we didn't come down to breakfast until just after 10am (which is when everyone else had come down) - seating is more tricky then with the low tables and chairs of the bar area.

Overall if you want a couple of nights away this place is perfect even offering a shuttle service to Brokenhurst for supper at The Pig in the Forest - book early to avoid missing that treat!

My only complaint (if you could call it that) is that breakfast isn't included in the price. I can't see many people passing up the chance to enjoy making their own boiled eggs for breakfast!!

Can't wait now to see how the Pig on the Beach shapes up.....

Room Tip: Room 10 is at the top of the house - a nice sized room with small ante room with work desk and bathr...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Such a splendid b & b, excellent interior, fabulous staff who made every effort to go out their way to help. Whenever I need a hotel in Southampton, I will go there, loved it!
We took up the free land rover rise over to the other pig for supper and the driver was lovely.
This is my perfect type of place to stay, thank you I am a real fan!
I am looking forward to your hotel opening up in Dorset!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

As the Pig in the Wall had been open only a few weeks, I wasn't expecting this shabby chic hotel to have got its act together. But I was wrong.
We were greeted by staff who were eager to please, and were rightly proud of the new addition to the chain of piglets arriving on the South Coast. The first was The Pig in the Brockenhurst, just a 15-minute drive away.
The Pig in the Wall already has the warmth and charm of a hotel that has been part of the historic Southampton harbour district rather than a 'new kid on the ancient block'.
This is largely due to the fact that the building dates back to 1810, when it was built as a private residence, before becoming the harbour's very first public house, the Royal Standard, in 1866.
The 1.25-mile Southampton Wall itself, or what remains of it, dates back to the 1360s when it was built around the town to protect it from French invaders. The Pig sits proudly on this ancient site, looking onto the revamped Grand Harbour that berths some of the world's largest cruise ships. It also sits in the shadows of the international De Vere hotel.
Of the Pigs's 12 bedrooms, the four 'spacious' rooms look across to the water's edge, while one of the seven so-called 'comfy' rooms actually features a section of the Wall - justifying its name. There is also an attic snug.
The hotel does not have a restaurant but offers light bites for guests and passers-by from the charcuterie that nestles discretely in the corner of the expansive, leather-seated lounge which is akin to the sitting room of large country home.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great, but the spacious rooms have the benefit of a bath
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank David S
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Address: 8 Western Esplanade, Southampton SO14 2AZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Southampton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Southampton
Price Range: $176 - $222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Pig in the Wall 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A stylish hotel featuring 12 shabby chic bedrooms set within Southampton’s historic medieval walls. The hotel also has a delicious deli counter serving breakfast, lunch and supper. The hotel's convenient location near to the cruise terminal and the city centre makes it the perfect place to stay. ... more   less 
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