The Unruly Pig

Surrounded by historic Anglo-Saxon land, The Unruly Pig is 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.

‘Upon entering with two young boys in hand, we were warmly welcomed by owner and our host for the evening, Brendan Padfield, who was dubbed a ‘super foodie’ by the Sunday Times… it is certainly clear to see why.

The softly lit bar area flows into the restaurant, 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 line the way on a warm stone floor, whilst terracotta leather banquettes added a city chic feel.

As we browsed the menu, I felt a “mum break” coming on and treated myself to a Raspberry Negroni, which combined a delight of homemade cordial and naughty spirits.

Whilst I sipped happily away – we ordered the first of many delights, ‘Focaccia with a whipped anchovy butter’ which my two year old devoured before I even managed to get a single bite!

This was then followed by some delicious summer starters.

I went for the ‘Minestrone – summer truffle, fresh borlotti beans, salsa verde and salted buffalo ricotta’, it was sweet, flavoursome dish, packed plenty of punch, covered with a zingy dressing.

My husband Sam is a huge fan of Crab, so naturally he swayed towards the ‘Tomato ‘In Brodo’ – cromer crab and pesto stuffed tomatoes served with a tomato consommé‘.

The crab flavour really is the star of the show in this dish, and balances perfectly with the tomato acidity, 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 helpful staff for advice.

Our waiter suggested the fish favourite for the evening, which was ‘Wild Bass – with brown butter hollandaise, jersey royals, agretti, caper and raisin.

This was a very good shout, so my ever-willing husband snapped this suggestion 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, and chose from the vegan menu selecting one of my favourite Italian dishes, gnocchi.

On that note 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.

Leo our toddler, enjoyed a starter of rich garlic bread, creamy macaroni cheese, but in all honesty – dessert is his thing so hr could not wait until the ice cream was delivered to his seat. During that time ‘us parents’ tucked into the slightly more adult dessert of ‘tosier 70% chocolate delice with espresso ice cream‘. A fabulous way to round off the meal.

I have to commend Brendan and his team 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!

You can tour the pig here >



TEL 01394 460310