The Unruly Pig - Bromeswell, Woodbridge
I always remember as a child thinking how I couldn't wait to treat my grandma when I grew up; take her out for delicious lunches or afternoon teas at lovely restaurants. I absolutely loved the picnics she used to make up for my sister and I before we would set off in search of play parks or beaches! They were second to none! She would shape our sandwiches into triangles and cut off the crusts, and pop in delicious treats we knew wouldn't be allowed back home! On a recent visit back to my family home, Scott and I picked up my grandma and off the three of us ventured to where else but the "Best Pub in Suffolk..."
Arriving to bright blue skies in Bromeswell, just 5 minutes drive from the historic market town of Woodbridge, we stepped inside The Unruly Pig.
Although a traditional pub, there were no pool tables in sight or sticky beer mats piled on the bar tops. Instead, we were welcomed by a smart, contemporary setting where local art adorned the walls.
Seated in a snug corner of the 16th century Suffolk Inn, we couldn't wait to get stuck into the piggy menu created by Head Chef Dave Wall who previously worked at Bibendum on Fulham Road, Gordon Ramsay's Boxwood Cafe in Knightsbridge, Claridge's and Le Talbooth in Essex.
Excited by the seriously good food that awaited us, we began with a 'Platter of Pump Street Sourdough & Sardinian Music Bread with Onion Dip' (£2.50)...
... and toasted our day out together over glasses of crisp, elegant 'Provence Rose: Chateau de L'aumerade, France'.
We chose our feast from the very reasonably priced Set Menu offer; two courses for just £15, three for £18. We opted for the latter as it all sounded too irresistible! To begin, a generous portion of 'Tagliatelle of Rabbit, Peas and Garlic' for Scott and my grandma... I had a few mouthfuls and it was really, really delicious! Packed full of intense truffle oil and the silkiest, smoothest homemade pasta.
I went for the other option on the Set Menu, 'Charred Ciabatta with Gorgonzola and Salami,' again, very, very good. The ciabatta was slightly charred on top and coated in butter. The gorgonzola cheese oozed over the salty salami; a match made in heaven!
For our mains, I was the odd one out again! Keen to try the 'Linguine of Prawns, Cockles, Brown Crab and Samphire.' Another perfectly cooked, seasoned, prawntastic dish! The prawns were still plump, sweet and juicy, and the bed they rested on of homemade linguine and crunchy samphire complimented one another really well.
Grandma and Scott went for the 'Pork Rump with Olive Oil Mash, Carrot Purree and Cavalo Nero.' Did I taste test? Hell yes! The creamiest mash potato, succulent pork and sweet cavalo nero... It got a big thumbs up from all corners of the table.
Swiftly moving onto the puds...
The prettiest parfait; 'Summer Berry Parfait with Fresh Berries and Pistachio.' What an artistic party on a plate. Rich and creamy and not too sweet. The fresh raspberries and tart raspberry sauce complimented the smooth parfait excellently.
From parfait to sorbet, Scott polished off his starter and main with the 'Blood Orange Granita with Melon Sorbet.' Grandma opted out as she doesn't have a sweet tooth (I wish I was more like her!!!)
I had a spoonful but went straight back to mine. Scott's was ice, ice cold and refreshing but a little too tangy and zesty for me.
We whiled away a wonderful afternoon at The Unruly Pig. If you haven't been, and live in Suffolk, then you certainly have no excuses! It simply has to be the next pub you visit.
Quality, seasonal British ingredients cooked beautifully, with an Italian influence. With an array of prestigious awards under their belts, such as becoming 'National Finalists' in the 'Best Food,' and, 'Best Newcomer' categories in the Great British Pub Awards, it's clear to see that they have a fantastic reputation and rightly so! Go check them out - all the details you'll need are here.