Good Hotel Guide Review
The endearing little piglet of Robin Hutson’s Pig collection occupies a crenellated Georgian house set into the medieval city wall. Unlike its bigger country cousin Pigs (see index), it has no kitchen garden, no restaurant, and there is no hamming it up with huts and hideaways – all bedrooms, in the trademark shabby-chic style, are under one roof, each with a larder of locally sourced snacks to buy. They range from snug, under the eaves, to spacious, with stand-alone roll-top bath and walk-in monsoon shower. A ground-floor room has a wet room and wheelchair access from the car park. The lounge/bar/drop-in deli has squashy leather armchairs, bare floorboards, a dresser of vintage china, and pot herbs on scrubbed wooden tables. Food is served from midday till 8 pm, drinks till 10.30 pm. Choices include meat and cheese boards, salads, smoked haddock, sausage and mash with onion gravy and greens, spinach and ricotta ravioli, and chorizo, chickpea and spinach stew. The Mayflower Theatre and ferries to the Isle of Wight are a stroll away, while Big Mama Pig, aka The Pig in the Forest, Brockenhurst (see entry), is a half-hour drive away,
8 Western Esplanade
12. 2 on ground floor, 1 with wet room and wheelchair access via side door from car park.
open-plan lounge/bar/deli counter, in-room TV (Freeview), car park (£10 a night), public rooms wheelchair accessible.
in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
room only £140–£195. Breakfast continental £12, cooked £16.