THE PIG, Brockenhurst
So, as you can most probably tell The Pig and Brockenhurst are not actually a city.. Brockenhurst is within the New Forest in Hampshire, England. We shared our first weekend away here together back in June 2014, and it was perfect, down to every single detail.
After arriving into Brockenhurst from a direct train from London, we jumped into a taxi for around 10 minutes and arrived at the gorgeous country house. We checked in and was asked ‘what is the special occasion?’ we just wanted to escape the busyness of London. We were then offered wellies to borrow for the duration of our stay (amazing!) and a newspaper delivery service. The hotel itself is stunning, there are various rooms you can lounge in other than your bedroom, a drawing room, bar, restaurant and even better the outside! The private grounds include a kitchen garden, orchards, green houses, an outside spa shed surrounded by a pond, vegetable patches and an animal paddock with very large pigs! You can see that we enjoyed relaxing in the hammock during the evening sun with a cocktail too and even spotted Kate Moss!
The restaurant itself is just worth a visit, and you are able to book a table without staying in the hotel. They have a home grown, local produce theme for their cooking and every meal we had at the hotel (and surrounding areas) was delicious. On our penultimate evening we booked an outside table at the restaurant, and must have sat there for hours enjoying our meal and wine. We were given blankets as the night got cooler and soon took them down the the lawn and finished of our wine under the stars (it was very romantic)..
During the days we explored Brockenhurst and The New Forest, you can just go walking for hours and pass local pubs and wildlife. We went into Brockenhurst for lunch one day, only to realise that when you are not in London, Lunch isn’t served all day.. Luckily we found the scrummiest ice cream shop, Melt and got peanut butter ice cream, popped into a convenience store and walked back up to the forest and created a little picnic amongst the stream and wild horses. On our second day we got the train from Brockenhurst to Lymington, a must see very cute and quant port and Georgian market town, on the Lymington River. The area is full with bars and restaurants, and is renowned as a sailing resort. A lovely place for a stroll into independent boutique shops and eyeing up other peoples boats. We stopped at The Ship Inn for an al fresco lunch, alongside the river edge and would definitely recommend, even just for the view and a refuel.