The team behind the Pig—that food-focused hideaway in Hampshire’s New Forest (It List 2012)—has done it again. The Pig in the Wall brings its older sibling’s rural charms to the port town of Southampton—ideal for guests who prefer pub-lined, cobblestoned streets to kitchen gardens and woodland walks. Here, a dozen rooms are built into the city’s medieval walls and packed with eccentric flourishes, from mismatched furnishings to potted herbs in corners. And while the property is too small for a proper restaurant, it maintains plenty of foodie appeal: a deli counter offers unique “piggy bites” such as house-cured lomo,
while in-room larders are stocked with Piddle Lager and crisps flavored with local Ashmore cheese. Still peckish? Ask for a complimentary transfer to the bigger Pig nearby, where a porcine feast awaits.
Room to Book:
Ask for a room with a freestanding roll-top tub and a view of the ships coming to harbor at Mayflower Park.
Be sure to have dinner at the original Pig at least once; the menu changes hourly, depending on what’s foraged from a 25-mile radius.