The Pig in the Forest

Brockenhurst, Hampshire

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the opening of Robin Hutson’s mother Pig, in a New Forest hunting lodge, and it seems ‘on better form than ever’, writes a trusted reader after an annual visit. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the opening of Robin Hutson’s mother Pig, in a New Forest hunting lodge, and it seems ‘on better form than ever’, writes a trusted reader after an annual visit. With food sourced from its bountiful kitchen gardens and within a 25-mile radius, this first Pig saw the creation of the smallholding’s signature rustic-chic style (for other Pigs, see index). Judy Hutson designed the interiors for an imaginary Great-Aunt Maud, an easy-going old bird and a bit of a tippler to judge by the wide choice of libations in the bar. Choose a bedroom in the main house or the grounds – perhaps a forest hut with floor-to-ceiling windows and private terrace, or a cabin with four-poster, in-room bath and monsoon shower. Wherever you stay, service is ‘excellent’: ‘What’s most striking is the flexibility and initiative of the many young staff.’ The food is ‘truly outstanding and original without being pretentious’, say Guide insiders. As well as dishes such as Salisbury veal with hazelnuts and pickled shallots, there are plenty of options for vegetarians. (Anna Brewer, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Beaulieu Road
Brockenhurst
Hampshire
SO42 7QL
England

Telephone

01590 622354

Bedrooms

32. 10 in stable block (100 yds), some on ground floor, 2 lodges and a cabin in the garden, 1 courtyard room suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lounge, library, bar, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, treatment rooms, kitchen garden, 6-acre grounds, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

guide dogs only.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room £185–£499. Breakfast £12–£16, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused at weekends, Christmas, New Year.

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Comments about The Pig in the Forest

What's most striking is the flexibility and initiative of the staff, many of whom look to be in their early 20s. They have excellent internal communication and have a lot of training in joined-up service. Every person we dealt with was exceptionally friendly and professional. This is what is the best about the place. And there's so much more besides that we love, from the comfiest bed in the world and the cosy treatments huts to the roaring fires and tasteful Christmas decorations.. - Anna and Bill Brewer - December 2019
Lots to recommend it - the animals, the beautiful, huge potager, the delicious and original cooking. Excellent bread at both dinner and breakfast. The lounges seemed a bit dark but there was plenty of outdoor seating. The young staff were excellent. Our room was small with limited storage but but had a big bed. - CR - July 2018
Another wonderful stay with our baby. The staff could not have been more helpful. They make the place - many of them quite young. - Anna Brewer - January 2018

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide