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The Pig
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Brockenhurst
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Loved, loved The Pig...! I was treated by my daughter to 2 nights for my birthday... It's a fabulous, quirky place, relaxed, great food, lovely touches and a great little spa in the potting shed! We had the Pig Signature treatment with Karen...it was heaven and we know about spas!! Would return in a heartbeat...it was truly memorable!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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1  Thank jaxmorgan
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We stayed for a night here back in May to celebrate my 50th birthday, and have just returned from a three night stay. I have read quite a number of the reviews here, and it seems that the only negatives that people mention are that the rooms are expensive, breakfast is not included, and some criticism of the restaurant staff and service. What planet are you people from! It is absurd that when a place gets it as right as The Pig does, people seem to think that they have to pick an imaginary hole. Surely you have something better to do with your lives. I can only assume that the negative reviews are from people who in the words of Mick and the boys "can't get no satisfaction".

This place is quite simply the best. From the moment we arrived to our departure, we could not have had a better time- or fault the place. The setting is magnificent. The place is so comfortable. The food brilliant. And the staff are off the scale.

And it is not expensive! I travel the world on business and pleasure, and live in London. We stayed in a Snug room which i have just checked and is £135 per night midweek. You simply cannot book any hotel room worth staying in for that money in London, Paris or New York. I have just come back from the Splendido in Italy where rooms are over £1000 a night. Now that is expensive. By contrast - The Pig is ridiculously good value. Think Waitrose at Asda prices and you'll get it. OK- breakfast is not included- which seems really sensible to my mind- not worthy of criticism . It gives those of us who like to get out and on our bikes the option to take it or not. Its called giving people a choice- which goes alongside the vote, women's equality and Roman Abramovich buying Chelsea FC - as the great steps forward of the last century. And if you like breakfast, then you will love it here. The buffet groans with superb fresh produce. And all for £10- the standard tip for a doorman in a London hotel just to open your taxi door for you.

We ate dinner in the restaurant three nights running. We only booked the hotel on a late cancellation, and so at the time of our booking we could only get late dinner times on two nights and the third was full. Having said that, on each night the staff at reception worked their magic, judging the ebb and flow of guests, and each night managed to sit us down when we wanted. Superb. i chose something different to eat each night. Not one starter or main disappointed. Portions were huge, everything piping hot, beautifully presented. This is not some nouveau 'want to be' Michelin restaurant, with waiters dripping with insincerity, and each dish taking longer to describe than eat. This was great, good , honest English grub. Sourced locally, cooked brilliantly, served without fault.

And so to the final grumble of the occasional review- the staff/ level of service. All i can say is that to criticise the staff here is an act of treason, and can only come from someone who has their own staff on had constantly to pick the fluff out of their navel. The staff here and the level of service are by a metric mile the best i have ever encountered. They are a young, international bunch who seem to be really enjoying their time at the place. I really could not fault them. The folk on reception could not do enough to help us. The waiting staff in the restaurant- and young Jack who served us for two of our three nights- were a breath of amusing, knowledgeable fresh air. The sommeliers- yes two of them led by Adrian- were the best ever. The wine list is huge and ridiculously good value. If you ask Adrian to recommend a wine he does- but not simply by going to the most expensive wines on the list. This fella knows his wines and really shares that with you.

Clientele was a really interesting mix of local folk and those from further away. Thankfully it hasn't yet gone the way of other great places to stay in and which are well reviewed on Trip Advisor. So, thankfully no coach loads of Japanese and American tourists all walking around with masks covering their mouths except to speak and eat. Likewise, the incredible value and low prices of the place have thankfully kept the flash cash of The City boys away- they simply couldn't spend enough to impress each other here. The car park was blissfully free of bright red manhood extensions.

So there you have it. If you want to stay and eat in a place where the staff creep around in pressed black and whites, whisper in hushed tones, sweep the ground you have just walked on, polish every surface so you can see your smug face in it, and charge accordingly- then don't stay here. Or, if you want to experience the best of British hospitality, with people who really want you to have a great time- look no further.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank richard d
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Being local and after hearing such rave reviews thought about time we went along.
A lot of money has been thrown at this lovely old property hidden away in The New
Forest and it shows - but not is a flashy manner by any means.
You're free to wander around the grounds, visit the Kitchen Garden and view the little
pigges, sheep and chickens.
The patio was ideal for a pre-dinner drink from a huge selection and not, in my opinion
over priced at all.
The young team of staff really friendly and helpful and did not try to oversell.
The vegetable garden fritters were crisp and tasty and my dining companions enjoyed their
choice of starters. I chose the dressed crab as the main event and was disappointed by the presentation - it looked as it had just been taken out of cling-film and plonked on the plate with a few herb/salad leaves. I believe The Pig could and should do better that this!
But hey ho! the restaurant was full of happy, smiling and gobbling folk and my choice of
main would not put me off returning - if we can get a reservation!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Kate_Maxwell
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We visited for their Smoked and uncut festival the end of July. We have stayed previously for a special occasion and yes the rooms are expensive but it was a real treat and we felt very pampered I remember our breakfast was probably the best ever, such a choice we stayed probably till lunch time!
This time we had Sunday lunch, the food is just gorgeous, excellent flavour and quality, conservatory setting full of things to look at. We have only ever met very friendly, enthusiastic and happy staff. At the festival they instantly jumped up to give us a lift back down to the village centre at the end of the day. The young lad chatted away and made us feel really welcome and part of the festival. The grounds are interesting, the Pigs so gorgeous and friendly, they like a back scratch! the cottage garden was bursting with produce.
One criticism was that the drink tent outside didn't sell ale and therefore we went inside to the bar to get a couple of pints to take back out to the music but was told we had to sit to be served inside and then when we sat and they brought us the beer they added a service charge, this is clearly ridiculous.
The festival was brilliant although it didn't run to time at all and therefore if we hadn't booked a B&B we would have missed the main act of the day in order to get a train back home on a Sunday evening. The whole day was fun, relaxed and we will definitely return.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Just got back from a 2 night break at The Pig and absolutely loved it. Stayed in a family room so the kids had their own bunkbed room and cute little desk which they loved. They also loved all the chickens, pigs and sheep they had there and wandering around the kitchen garden, showing them what had gone in their meals the night before was great. The restaurant has a fantastic (and extensive!!) wine list and the 25 mile menu doesn't disappoint.
The staff are fantastic and the relaxed, informal atmosphere of the place makes it one of my favourite places to get away in the UK.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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1  Thank Talliefoodie
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We stayed for a night midweek in July in the hottest weather. The grounds are perfect for lounging and our room off the main building was cool and quiet. Staff were around when you needed them and overall the atmosphere was relaxed and informal. We ate late and enjoyed a great meal in the orangery, finally getting to look around the lounges and interior having spent the day outside. Great for a cold winter stay too I imagine.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

We loved the location of this property and were sorry we had only booked two nights. I would like to come back and if I lived in London this would be a great regular escape.

We really loved the hammock strung between the trees, the garden growing food for the restaurant, seeing the pigs and chickens, it is a very relaxing environment.

Our room was in the stable mews and was gorgeous shabby chic with comfy beds and lots of windows. The room was a good size and the bathroom was fabulous with a very large shower and claw footed bathtub.
We appreciated the Nespresso machine and the mini fridge with water, also the wi-fi throughout was free and the signal was good. As the rooms are not cheap it is nice to not have to pay for every little thing, which brings me to one small complaint. I feel in hotels such as this breakfast should be included. We were at the Tresanton in St.Mawes before coming to the Pig and they had a lovely breakfast included in the price. When you are charging at the upper end, is it really a big deal to throw in some coffee/tea, yogurt, fruit, some breads and pastries?

Having said that, we did enjoy the breakfast at the Pig, we ate outside in the sunshine, there was a great spread of food and it was all delicious.

We ate dinner in the restaurant one night and while the food was delicious and it was a real buzzy atmosphere, the service was really lacking. I am fairly easy going but the servers we had were so bad I have to speak up and say the management really needs to do more training. Service at breakfast was only slightly better. Because of this I rated the hotel as very good rather than excellent.

The two local girls working at the front desk however, were charming and efficient and a real asset to the hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Paulalovestotravel
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Address: Beaulieu Road, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Brockenhurst SO42 7QL, England (Formerly Whitley Ridge Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest National Park Hampshire > Brockenhurst
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Brockenhurst
Price Range: $207 - $388 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Pig 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pig 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 and everything is driven by the gardener/forager and chef - they grow and find the food - the chef then makes the menu. The 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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The Pig Hotel Brockenhurst
Hotel Whitley Ridge
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