If you are looking for a special place to eat and spend the day in one the most beautiful places found in the English countryside, The Pig On The Beach on Studland Bay is one of the best choices you could make.
Set on the Studland peninsular, reached by winding, beach-sided roads, or a short ferry ride across from Bournemouth’s Sandbanks over to the sweet Shell Bay. The Pig Hotel is set just above Dorset’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast and goes to lengths to provide this as your view. Dramatic white cliffs are seen from the quirky, colourful dining room and each of its cosy-styled drinking areas are filled to the brim with something lovely to look at.
The food found in this hotel is well matched to the wonderful scene they have created. I immediately noticed that on the back of the menu is a map showing where the ingredients are sourced from and the distance they have traveled to your plate (not very far!). The menu can change on the day depending on what the hotel foragers have found, and this is all shown beautifully in the delicious tastes of every meal.
We went with a good party of people to dine there for lunch, something I can easily recommend on this blog as it’s well priced for the amount of scene and filling you get in return! For starters we ordered the ‘Piggy Bites’, which consisted of the most delicious crackling and apple source. Spare ribs with a sticky, rich barbecue flavouring, matured pate with sourdough bread and mini scotch eggs, with the yolk running! This was quite the feast to kick off with, all washed down with the local, oak flavoured cider.
I ordered the pigeon breast which came with locally foraged mushrooms, spinach and a delicious red wine jus. I order pigeon breast whenever I see it on the menu as it’s one of my absolute favourites, and this time was a real treat to the taste buds! Presented beautifully and just enough to not stuff me too full for pudding!
Lastly I chose the most delightful lemon tart, set on a light and fluffy short pastry crust and served with some of the freshest raspberries. This was a gorgeous end to the feast and left me wanting for nothing.
The Pig On The Beach is a fantastic place to head for hearty dining in a stunning setting. Relax by the fire and look out onto the rural view after a day out on the countryside, and prepare for some pretty perfect dining.
I also have to make a mention to what I discovered in the Studland Bay below; this coast is the only place in England where seahorses mate and give birth! So to make The Pig experience even more of a treat, head down to the water to see if you can catch a glimpse of the magical creatures!