My family are definitely one for Christmas traditions and I certainly take after them! Last year Mike and I wanted an excuse to visit The Pig in the Forest and went for a special lunch to celebrate his half birthday. Important things don’t you know… Even Rosie the Londoner agreed with our celebrations this year…
Anyway, I am getting sidetracked! Last year the day we went to The Pig we also happened to buy our Christmas tree in the morning. So when we got back we decorated it. A ‘tradition’ I was keen to continue this year!
I booked us in for lunch quite a while ago for the last sitting of the day. We dawdled around in the flat in the morning so by the time we left to go tree shopping we were running slightly behind. We wanted enough time to get the tree, take it home then get on the train to Brockenhurst. We did the same last year and walked from the station to The Pig down a road that was closed for resurfacing. It was a lovely walk, no traffic or another soul to see, surrounded by lovely countryside with warm tarmac under our feet (I could actually feel the heat through my shoes!).
Back to 2014….We headed over to B&Q to pick out a tree however there weren’t many to choose from….
Which was not good considering our time constraints. The next option was Stewart’s and as the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining- it turned out to be a much better place to get a tree from. There were decorations everywhere (note – must go back), hundreds of trees to choose from and the best bit yet, real Rudolphs!
After browsing the tree selection we settled on a nordic spruce and then picked the tallest one they had. We may have gone a little bit on the large side. But, oh well, it’s our first Christmas in the Treehouse so it has to be a special one!
We drove home as quickly as possible, jumped out of Mike’s car and into tree-free Milo the mini and headed to the Pig.
I am glad I booked as every table was taken! We sat down, ordered two ‘Friday G&T clubs’ and browsed the menu to decide what Piggy bites we wanted to get.
We got two starters to share – mushroom pappardelle and fish croquettes with samphire. I almost forgot to take my foodie photos and got stuck in as soon as it came, but luckily Mike reminded me to get a snap before it disappeared!
We each ordered another drink – ‘Gardeners Tipple’ for me to go with the squash and chorizo risotto and a glass of red wine chosen by the sommelier for Mike to go with the partridge he ordered. As expected the food was deeeeelicious!
The Pig has a 25mile menu so they source 80% of their ingredients within a 25mile radius. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I rave about them! I have so far been to the Pig on the beach, and in the forest. Next on the list is the Pig in the Wall in Southampton and the Pig in the Bath, in…. Bath!
After we finished our main courses we had two macchiatos and then ‘retired’ to the drawing room to sit next to the crackling fire.
Mums look away now! Mike also had a little stoogie outside whilst we wrapped up in blankets.
We got to our table at 2.30 and didn’t end up leaving until 8.30 and I could have stayed longer! We headed back home on the train and made a start on the Christmas decorations before getting totally distracted by the River Wild on TV and moving from being next to the tree to being on the sofa, whoops!
Roll on next year to keep up the tradition!