The Pig on the Beach
The Pig on the Beach exterior
The Pig on the Beach dining table
The Pig on the Beach bedroom
The Pig on the Beach bathroom
The Pig on the Beach is a blissful, beautiful and very well curated country house hotel in, arguably, one of England's most beautiful spots.
The Pig on the Beach is by no means the runt of the litter. Securing a reservation (be it room, lunch or dinner) at the newest addition to the phenomenally successful (four-fold) hotel group might require some perseverance, but stick with it. Its creators have adhered to a tried and tested blueprint: rambling countryside manor, sublimely delicious (sustainable) food, flawless service and highly covetable country house interiors, yet they have managed to elude a formulaic predictability. The waterfront location is nothing short of a triumph and is big on wow factor: seemingly far flung, yet a mere five minute hop by car ferry from Sandbanks. A salty wave of nostalgia hits you as soon as you set foot on The Isle of Purbeck: the hotel perches on prime National Trust turf, with rolling lawns which tumble down to a glorious beach. The panorama is awe inspiring – wild Jurassic coastal cliffs and a glimmering sea with both Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight winking in the distance.
For You -
You can of course opt for a brisk coastal walk, but the likelihood is that your day will be dictated by Piggy Bites and all sorts of other delectable goodies from the 25 Mile Menu. Breakfast (in the handsome higgledy piggledy Victorian style greenhouse) should take up the bulk of your morning. A leisurely lunch might induce a snooze on a deckchair, but we’d highly recommend a dose of Bamford bliss in one of the quirky-eclectic sheep huts. With dusk comes dinner, via stiff cocktails and aforementioned Piggy Bites. In addition to the signature meaty fare (saddleback crackling and apple sauce), the resident forager has gone to town with all nature has to offer from his coastal doorstep.
For Them +
Dinosaurs. Pirates. Need you ask for more? Little people will be in their element – fresh air, tons of space and a yesteryear charm. Suggest a dinosaur fossil hunt along the Jurassic coast and they will quickly forget that real live pigs are strangely absent from this piggy abode. Throw in a few historical facts: Studland was once a base for smugglers, and legend would have it that Old Harry (the epic chalk stack towering along the coast), was named after a pirate called Harry Paye. And the Piglet menu you ask? Well hurrah, it ventures off piste! Alongside trusty favourites – Old Harry’s fish fingers or Little Piggies (aka sausages), junior foodies can tuck into Dorset trout and new potatoes, before returning to more familiar turf, such as chocolate brownie.
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