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The Pig in the Wall
Ranked #2 of 43 Southampton B&B and Inns
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Happy as a Pig in......”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Loved our designed shabby chic 'comfy room', excellently comfortable bed with lovely bed linens, slept like a top! Very quiet for city centre hotel. The bathroom was tiny but warm and functional, loved the floor tiles. Supper in the "deli cafe" was limited in choice but what we chose was very good. The cafe itself is again, shabby chic with copious amounts of potted herbs and veggies and comfortable chairs. Breakfast is a help yourself affair with lots of locally produced eggs, ham, honey, jams and marmalade, fresh bread and pastries. Jolly delicious!
All food served I believe is sourced within 25 miles.

It is very conveniently situated by the ferry and cruise terminals and West Quay shopping.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

Loved the food in this beautiful little place. The meats are all done by the owner in new forest. I can't say enough about how nice it is to have something with homemade quality in Southampton. Of all the places we have eaten in the last week in england, this is my favourite. We have had both dinner and afternoon tea here.

It is perhaps a little more expensive than other nearby places but I think it its worth the extra cost. The staff are lovely and have treated us very nicely (nothing fake about it) on both occasions I have eaten here.

As the name suggests there is not really much in the way of options for vegitarians. So if you are fed up with stale, stock food then pop over the wall and into this beautiful, cozy tapas style resto.

I have not commented on the rooms as we did not stay here but will look into it next time if downstairs is anything to go by. I did hear the staff talking about breakfast to customers though

  • Stayed February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We loved our 2 night stay at Pig in the Wall - staff were brilliant and the hotel is small enough to feel like an amazing private house with a relaxed, special atmosphere. The bedrooms are lovely - especially no 7. We had snacks, lunch and breakfast there, plus dinner at the sister hotel in the forest - all the food was local, fresh and excellent. Can't recommend this place highly enough. Paying for parking and breakfast seemed bit steep on top of room prices but otherwise faultless. Thanks PIW!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

As the title suggests we found this hotel utterly gorgeous but tbh breakfast should either be got rid of altogether or improved drastically to include cooked breakfast items (besides boiled eggs). However I get the impression that maybe due to its historical significance they aren't allowed to cook anything on site, could be to do with conservation laws they aren't permitted to extract cooking aromas?? If there are no such rules in place then there really is no excuse for not providing more cooked breakfast options! Especially seeing as its extra £10 charge for continental breakfast and we did feel somewhat pressurised into confirming we would be having breakfast when we really didn't want to.

Aside from this issue this is a stunning hotel with charming features and friendly staff and would stay again if we had to stay somewhere in Southampton although we would be tempted to stay at the sister hotel in Brockenhurst instead purely for more choice at breakfast.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Southampton UK
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Bromsgrove,Worcestershire.
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Southampton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: The Pig in the Wall
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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