A FOODIE’S WEEKEND IN THE NEW FOREST
If you haven’t been to the New Forest yet, please add it to your bucket list and make sure to book a table at the spots below. The landscape and villages are breath taking and you definitely won’t mind the wild ponies and oxen casually blocking the roads.
Hampshire SO42 7QL
0 1590 622354
We sadly haven’t had a proper meal at The Pig, as it was fully booked until 2034. We did have a few drinks and nibbles though, and that was more than enough to know that this place is the real deal.
After finding out that The Lime Wood and The Pig are both owned by the same group, it became clear that these people have taste. Each room feels like a new adventure, although taxidermy pigs seem to be a favourite.
Their Aperol Spritz came in an extremely generous container, the whisky sour was perfect and their piggy bits (black pudding balls, smoked chipolata and pork scratching for £3.75 each) were to die for.
We also noticed a pizza oven on their terrace, which means we’ll just have to come back.
Bonus: Salty’s @ The Isle of Wight
Yarmouth PO41 0PB
If you can, take the ferry to the Isle of Wight and have lunch at Salty’s. They serve fresh seafood and they are famous for their bloody Mary oyster shots (3 for £10 or 6 for £18).
Lime Wood Hotel
Hampshire SO43 7FZ
0 23 8028 7177
When you walk into this beautiful house and see an entire room filled with wellies, you know you’ve made it to the English countryside. This place also happens to be exceptionally yummy. Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett teamed up with Lime Wood’s executive chef, Luke Holder to write the menu and they’ve done an excellent job. The cuisine mingles English ingredients with Italian flavours.
Before dinner, make your way to the charming courtyard bar and if, like us, you have zero will power when it comes to food, then order the smoke house board with your drink. Every ingredient on this gorgeous board, from the smoked salmon to the coppa, comes from their own little smoke house in their back garden.
The menu changes seasonally, but everything we had – from the Taleggio pizzetta (£9) to the beef cheeks (£22) – was delicious.
The whole experience felt like dining in an upscale yet relaxed place and as they put it themselves, “it’s fun dining, not fine dining”.