The Almanac

Tales from the Kitchen Garden

noun [ C ] (also almanack) a handbook, typically published annually, that includes information for the year such as important days, weather, seasons and nature.
08 April 2021

Tales from the team… Annie at THE PIG-at Combe

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Our Assistant Restaurant Manager, Annie Bowes, tells us what it’s been like getting ready to re-open the doors once again at THE PIG-at Combe.

25 February 2021

Getting to know our suppliers – The Book & Bucket Cheese Company


We spoke to the team at The Book & Bucket Cheese Company based in Dorset to find out a little bit more about them and the amazing range of artisan cheese they produce...

25 February 2021

How to build your own planting beds!

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Alex Coutts, Head Kitchen Gardener at our new PIG, THE PIG-in the South Downs, West Sussex, has been busy building planting beds in our brand-new Kitchen Garden over the past few months, so is well-placed to share his top tips for creating your own raised beds at home!

25 February 2021

A place like home...

Freya, Reception Manager at THE PIG-at Bridge Place tells us all about the discoveries they have found right on their doorstep and what has been going on in the Kitchen Garden whilst in lockdown...

24 February 2021

Colin’s Collins Cocktail


Colin our Head Gardener at THE PIG in Brockenhurst has brought garden to glass with a rhubarb twist, that is just like sipping on sunshine.

24 February 2021

Kelvin’s Rhubarb & Custard


Kelvin, our Group Pastry Chef, has rustled up a classic that you can tuck into at home on a warm evening - super quick, simple and packed full of spring-time flavour.

23 February 2021

Garden Squash & Old Winch Cheese Straws Recipe


Cheese straws are a classic nibble, aren’t they? These beauties, which blend the tang of the cheese with the smooth gorgeousness of squash make an excellent effect. We find they go particularly well as a picnic snack with a glass of Hambledon sparkling wine.

23 February 2021

Savory Pork Sausage Rolls Recipe

Sausage Roll

Any sausage roll is a good thing, but these are a very good thing indeed. Savory is a really old herb that was used in cooking centuries ago. We wanted to recreate a sausage roll that you might have unearthed in an ancient English recipe in some dusty old book somewhere.

10 February 2021

Down at the bottom of the garden….with Alitex


Our friends at Alitex Greenhouses have been busy sharing all sorts of advice, tips and virtual workshops for their friends to help them with their own gardening and greenhouses and so we wanted to share these with you!

10 February 2021

Buttered Beefsteak Mushrooms with Wild Nettle Salsa Verde


A delicious recipe using wild nettles you can pick yourself!