If you’re familiar with Sedgefield in County Durham, the sleepy but picturesque village has had an array of intriguing new pubs and eateries popping up in recent times. One being The Impeccable Pig.
The latest venture from Ramside Estates, the group responsible for Ramside Hall, fellow Sedgefield resident Hardwick Hall and the incredible Colonel Porter’s in Newcastle, it’s certainly living up to their reputation.
Swine, dine and sleep is their motto. With 10 individually decorated pig themed bedrooms (which look insane btw) and a funky bistro style restaurant, the venue offers attention to detail and understated luxury.
The interior is amazing, perfect for the gram. A perfect balance of posh and casual dining – right at home in the historic Sedgefield.
I’d been eyeing up their main menu for a while but we made a date to visit for Sunday Lunch in early December.
Aptly named Pig-Out Sunday, you can get 2 courses for £19 or 3 courses for £22. Not a bad price, for a good roast…
Now, I’m going to warn you all now. Do NOT just order a glass of wine without checking the list. And definitely don’t order 3 without looking. I had 3 large glasses of house Sauvignon, and whilst lovely, it amounted to £27 alone. More than my lunch!
You may call me cheap but I think £9 for a glass of wine is a little excessive. But that’s, of course, my own fault for assuming they’d be around £6-7. I’m just warning you to check the prices before you go gung-ho like me.
They have a really cracking range of local ales on tap too however, all reasonable prices. I’ll just stick to the pints next time…
Onto the food!
The Sunday Lunch menu changes weekly and had a good amount of choice on when we visited including a Seafood Cocktail, butternut squash soup and mussels.
I ordered the seafood cocktail and Dan, the soup.
The seafood was a mixture of mussels, crab and prawns in a traditional cocktail sauce.
It was on the small side, I’ll admit. But it was enjoyable nonetheless. It didn’t blow me away but the seafood itself was really fresh and tasty.
Dan, made a better choice. It was a beautifully sweet yet rich, thick soup – perfect for the time of year. One fault though, it didn’t come with bread. We had to ask for extra and whilst it wasn’t an issue, who serves such a good soup with a warm, crusty loaf of homemade bread on the side?!
For the main course we both went for the beef but there was also belly pork and turkey.
The beef was spot on, it was like butter under my knife. Cracking vegetable assortment too, carrots, parsnips and sprouts along with a portion of cauliflower cheese. Again this was a little small, but luckily I’m not the biggest fan of it.
There was a huge, flaky Yorkshire pudding, creamy mash, turnip and roasties on the plate with the beef. I especially loved that each plate came with their own individual pot of rich gravy – you never get enough!
To finish us off nicely, I went for the Crème Brulee and Dan ordered the Sticky Toffee Pudding (shock).
Which he scranned before I even had chance to snap it… you’d think he’d know by now?!
I can’t complain about anything, it was a really nice Sunday Lunch. But was it worth the money?
Even without the wine fiasco, I’m not sure. I’ve had better and bigger for much less.
I’m not one to twist about price. I’ll pay absolutely anything for good food, but whilst nice, I don’t think it was incredible.
Saying that though, the venue itself is gorgeous. A lovely atmosphere. We stayed in the bar for another drink or two and it was a lush way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I’d definitely go back but perhaps I’d try The Impeccable Pig’s main menu.
And stay away from the wine.
Have you paid it a visit yet? Even better, have you stayed? Let me know what you thought.
Lots of love, LB x