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“Map is wrong! - never ate there”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Whole Hog - CLOSED

The Whole Hog
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British, Gastropub
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Hand carved roast meat sandwiches using the finest ingredients in our bespoke daily baked bread rolls. Delicious vegetarian and chilled options also available. Daily specials, carvery and Sunday roasts all home made. Wine bar playing background music with No karaoke, a nice place to reflect on your days adventures in a happy, quiet environment.
Qawra, Malta
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
“Map is wrong! - never ate there”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

We tried to use this service and mainly with good results, but not with this top restaurant. We lived very close to the supposed position of it, and should have passed it at least once a day, if the map was right. But we only found it the next to the last day in Malta - by looking the hotel mentioned, San Antonio, up on Goggle. When we got there, probably about 10 pm it was closed. Their sign said open 12 - 3 pm and 6pm - late.- but apparently not that late.

And: we might not have eaten there anyway - we regard the phrase of 'big portions' (and the like) not as a promise, but as a threat. Will give us the choice of wasting food or not having dessert.

And the rest of the information in this 'review': you request it to take my 'mail' - but it might not be realistic.

Visited July 2014
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Jay A, Owner at The Whole Hog, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Dear HanneJa.

I'm sorry you didn't manage to find us using the "directions" map on trip advisor. It does indeed send you to the wrong end of tourist street as I've mentioned in my previous responses. Try as I might it's the post code that is not allocated to where it should be.

The post code is correct and I have tried to list us as opposite the San Antonio hotel across the road and on the corner as this is where to find us.

I have also logged into google business and have manually moved the pin to the right position and when the verification post card arrives I'm hoping this will fix the position on trip advisor.

As to the "huge portions" the only time we use a phrase like this is to say "giant sandwiches" which is our speciality, yes they are large but you do have the option to have any portion you like boxed up to take away with you or indeed you could ask for a half portion, we're happy to accommodate any wishes you may have.

In your email to me you also said that even when you had found us you probably wouldn't have eaten here because you didn't like sandwiches for an evening meal.

We always provide at least one meal special of an evening and always our roast dinner carvery which is very popular.


I'm sorry you didn't get to meet us or try our food on this visit and only hope that you may come to try our food on your return to Malta.

You will receive the warmest of welcomes here at "The Hog" Kindest regards Jay and Mary.
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Bucharest, Romania
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“One of the best sandwiches I've ever eaten”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you love sandwiches or if you want a fast, delicious meal you should definitely try this place! For less than 5 EUR you get a giant sandwich either with pork or with chicken (in gravy and other delicious things), all in fresh bread. You can also add salad, crisps or order the vegetarian dish. Simply awesome!

Visited June 2014
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Jay A, Owner at The Whole Hog, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Wow Anktudy!

Thank you for such high praise for our Sandwiches, I especially loved the " other delicious things" it made us smile.

We are very proud of our food and only buy the best delicious things possible.

You know I nearly shed a tear reading the last couple of reviews because of people's delight in our food and also that you have all taken the time to write about us, it really is truly humbling.

We would love to see you again and hope you enjoy your stay in beautiful Malta.

Best wishes to you, Jay and Mary.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent!!”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

Found this wonderful place in the second week of our holiday, it may be "only" sandwhiches but i can honestly say those sandwhiches were the best meals I had all holiday. Wish we found it earlier!!
The family that run it are also very lovely and welcoming, such a pleasant experience. Definitely our first stop next time we are in Malta!
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

Visited June 2014
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Thank Claire C
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Jay A, Owner at The Whole Hog, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Dear Claire and family, thank you so much for a wonderful review for us. It was an absolute delight serving you and your family and we were so pleased to see you when you made another visit.

Sorry to hear about the place you were staying and hope it didn't mar your holiday too much.

Take care guys and would love to see you again on your next time in Malta.

Mary and Jay. X
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Absolutely brilliant”
Reviewed June 28, 2014

We have just returned from a week in Qawra Malta and this place had the best food we found all week. Had we found the place earlier we would have probably ate there for every meal. The portions are great sizes and value for money is brilliant. The staff are very friendly and we would highly recommend a visit.

  • Visited June 2014
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Jay A, Owner at The Whole Hog, responded to this review, June 30, 2014
Pobby!

It's the same story, everyone seems to find us on their last night! :)

It was lovely seeing you both and it was great to hear your husbands first visit was a happy one, we love this little island, the gem of the Med, and are pleased when others find the joy of their first visit ( mine was in 1980) .

So glad you enjoyed the food as well, it's very encouraging to hear such lovely comments from everyone.

Please call in next time you're over and maybe come on the first night next time ;)

Jay n Mary.
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“EASTENDER ON TOUR..”
Reviewed June 28, 2014

after eventually finding the gaff the whole hog is alovely place too chill out hav good food was very tasty n the strongbow n black wen down a treat was great too chat to jay n meet his wife mary the time wen so fast we felt we had known each other for years considering we only met on the hornblower cruise the other day had agreat last nite in malta thanks jay n mary best wishes john n cat xx

  • Visited June 2014
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Jay A, Owner at The Whole Hog, responded to this review, June 30, 2014
Ahh John and Cat.

Thank you, real pleasure to meet you both and where better than on the way to the "blue lagoon" it was a great day and then you took the time to find us ( the map takes you to the other end of tourist street, will look into this ) ?!??

It was fab spending the evening with you both and we can't wait for your next visit, just don't leave it too long ! Jay n Mary xx
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