Surrounded by historic Anglo-Saxon land and set on the outskirts of that famous UFO spotting site at Rendlesham, The Unruly Pig sits proudly in the charming market town of Woodbridge and is quite rightly, a destination spot for food lovers.
Rachel Ducker was kindly invited along to get a little ‘unruly’ for the evening at this well renowned 16th century Suffolk Inn.
“As we ventured out on a blustery autumnal evening, our first surprise of the night was the amount of vehicles in the car park, a good sign for things to come!
Upon entering we were warmly welcomed by owner and our host for the evening, Brendan Padfield. Dubbed a ‘super foodie’ by the Sunday Times, it is certainly clear to see upon entering the building that Brendan certainly knows his stuff.
The softly lit bar area flows nicely into the restaurant rooms, with open fires ready for the autumn and winter months, not forgetting to mention the stunning bronze pig head sitting proudly above the main fireplace.
Persian rugs lined the way and warmed the stone floor, whilst terracotta leather banquettes added a city chic feel.
As we sat, I took in the rich, tonal colours that covered the walls (a great guessing game for Farrow and Ball lovers), accented by Brendan’s unique art collection.
“As we browsed the menu, I’m not sure if the name influenced me, but my heart was set on starting the meal off with a ‘Bad Piggy’ cocktail.”
The Bad Piggy is a most fabulous Raspberry Negroni, combining a delight of homemade cordial and naughty spirits.
Whilst I sipped happily away on this wicked little drink we ordered the first of many delights, the platter of local ‘Pump Street Soughdough & Sardinian Music Bread with Onion Dip’. A perfect trio to begin with.
As we chatted away, time flew by and the starters arrived.
I went for the ‘Fig and Pomegranate Salad with Radicchio, Pumkin Seeds and Walnut’, it was sweet, flavoursome, and packed plenty of punch. To be honest, my mouth waters now just thinking about it!
My partner Sam is a huge fan of Risotto, so naturally he swayed towards the ‘Risotto of Jerusalem Artichoke and Truffle’.
The truffle flavour really is the star of the show in this dish, and balances perfectly with the Artichoke, I know this, as I was cheeky enough to steal a taste!
Choosing our main meal was a slightly tougher decision!
With so many incredible dishes on the menu we turned to our extremely sweet and helpful French waitress Madeleine for advice.
She suggested the fish favourite for the evening, which was ‘Steamed Tranche of Wild Brill served with Creamed Potato, Braised Leek Clam, Red Wine and Butter Sauce.’
This was a very good shout, so my ever-willing partner snapped this dish right up.
I didn’t even get a bite of this one, so he must have enjoyed it!
I opted for a more delicate dish, (after being a bit too greedy with the Soughdough – I never learn!) and chose the ‘Hand Rolled Farfalle Pasta with Mussels, Cuttlefish, Garlic, Tomato and Parsley’.
Not only did this taste incredible, it could have joined the artwork on Brendan’s wall!
The pasta was black in colour, delicate and came with a side of sauce, allowing me to top up the bowl at my leisure.
Vegetarians aren’t overlooked at the Pig, there’s a separate vegetarian menu and as the earth’s offerings change with the seasons, the very best local produce is reinvented by the head chef.
I have to commend Brendan, Amy (manager) and Madeleine for their attention to the customers around us, lending to a fun and joyful atmosphere, which created an informal and relaxed dining room.
The Unruly Pig delivers outstanding, honest pub grub that’s taken up several notches with the very best catch of fish, cuts of meat and complex flavours.
There are no pretentious dishes here, just quality recipes, locally sourced ingredients and a great selection of food worth celebrating.
This pub ticks the boxes for the perfect intimate date night, having fun with the family or catching up with your best friends.
The Unruly Pig is one of our recommended Suffolk spots, we will certainly be back.
Perhaps next time with our dog Archie, as they are also very dog friendly!
CHRISTMAS AT THE UNRULY PIG
TWO COURSES FOR £23 AND THREE COURSES FOR £26.50.
ORFORD ROAD, BROMESWELL, NR WOODBRIDGE, SUFFOLK, IP12 2PU
TEL 01394 460310