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It's funny. One week you haven't heard of a place and the next you hear of nothing else. This is exactly what happened to me with The Pig in the Forest. Friends and those 'in the know' started mentioning it left, right and centre. I heard mutterings of wonderful food and ultra-cool boho chic décor. Enough was enough, it was time to get fully acquainted.
So, a week ago I hot footed it to the depths of the New Forest to spend the day with head chef at The Pig in the Forest, James Golding. An autumnal foraging walk in the forest followed by a tour of the mightily impressive kitchen garden built up quite an appetite for James's salt beef hash with fried eggs, a failsafe go-to weekend brunch recipe (my version is below). A few hours later I sunk into my cosy bed at the freshly opened sister B+B The Pig in the Wall (ha, I got to that one first), in nearby Southampton.
What's your weekend brunch standby and where are your favourite weekend hideouts? We'd love to hear from you, share your comments box below.
HAM HOCK AND BLACK PUDDING HASH WITH FRIED DUCK EGG
Make a mini version for a party nibble, top with quails eggs