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The Potted Pig- A Crack At The Whole Suckling Pig!

Since opening last year, The Potted Pig has built up a reputation for being THE place to eat in the city centre. It’s immensely popular and you have to book well in advance to secure yourself a table.

Amongst the foodie community in Cardiff there has been much buzz and speculation about the The Potted Pig’s whole suckling pig. A feast that many have been dying to try but as it needs to be ordered in advance, serves 8-12 people and costs £300, it hasn’t been widely sampled. The suckling pig has certainly been on my to-do but due to these factors, isn’t something I have been able to do. However, a friend’s birthday was the perfect excuse!

When we arrived, the restaurant was quiet and we were seated on a large table in an area that wasn’t a through walk-way so we had plenty of room for a couple of side tables that were to be home to the pig and accompaniments. We made ourselves comfortable and were immediately waited on by the friendly and efficient staff who got to work with the drinks orders.

After a short while, it was time for the main event. The pig was brought out on a giant wooden board with an apple in its mouth. It looked great but wasn’t as plump as I’d imagined. The waiter told us that it was looking a bit skinny and wasn’t as big as some of the ones they had had recently. I wish he hadn’t told us that when we were paying the same price for it!

The waiter showed us where to carve and my friend got to it while the rest of us waited eagerly.We passed around the vegetables while our mouths watered and we started to greedily speculate whether there would be enough for the 13 of us. We were left to cut the meat and serve ourselves which I enjoyed as it added to the experience.

It turned out that there was more than enough to feed our hungry mob and by the time Mr V got up to see if he could salvage any more meat from the carcass we were all stuffed.

The meat was beautiful. It was tender and juicy and we ate the lot. The only thing that I found disappointing was that there was no crackling. This is what I was looking forward to the most! I nibbled at a bit of skin but it just wasn’t crispy enough. It’s a shame because it could have been absolutely beautiful if it had crackled.

The pig was served with (I say served but the idea was to serve ourselves) roast potatoes, roasted carrots, cabbage and a delicious homemade gravy. We had more than enough to go around even though there were 13 of us and it was recommended to serve 8-12.  Some even had dessert but I didn’t as there was just nothing on the dessert menu that took my fancy.

I had a really good night and it was definitely an interesting experience serving ourselves and carving our own meat. Service was good and someone was always on hand to make sure we had enough drinks. I loved having the whole pig in front of us and the fact that we could eat it all with no wastage. Even the bones and head were bagged up for the diners amongst us who had pets.

Having the whole pig on the table upset some of the diners in our party a bit but for me it made the experience. I think it’s really important to see where your food comes from and I think it’s a bit weird if you are prepared to eat meat as long is it’s packaged nicely for you and you can pretend it’s not an animal.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable experience. I love the decor of The Potted Pig (you can read about this in my previous review) and it was certainly an experience to have a whole suckling pig. However at £300, I’m not sure this is something I would repeat. With 13 of us that worked out as £23 each which sounds more reasonable but it’s still quite expensive for one course. I realise suckling pigs are expensive in general though so this is no reflection on The Potted Pig. It was a great experience but I think now I have done it, I will order something of the A la Carte menu on my next visit, and there will definitely be a next visit.

My Last Mouthful was: The suckling pig of course!

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The Potted Pig- A Superior Town Centre Restaurant!

I can’t tell you how long I’ve been looking for an excuse to visit The Potted Pig! I was invited to their launch party and couldn’t make it and I have been invited out with friends to eat their several times which I couldn’t make so I have been itching to go since it opened! Lucky, Ben’s birthday last month was the perfect excuse so off we went.

Housed in an old bank voult, The Potted Pig is very unique in design. With its brick walls and metal fixtures, it has an industrial but cosy feel to it. The low lights and cosy leather seats create a nice atmosphere which is enhanced by the closeness of the tables. Very much my sort of thing.

We were shown to our table and our waiter came to take our drinks orders. Staff were very friendly and professional. They were well-mannered and well presented which gave a very good impression without being overly pretentious and they had good knowledge of the menu when we asked questions.

Before taking our food orders, we were offered complementary homemade bread. So few places do this these days so it was a real breath of fresh air. It’s something that costs so little to do and makes all the difference to us  so we were off to a good start.

The menu was varied with a nice range of meats including rabbit, pork, lamb, beef and pigeon. To start, we chose the signature dish, Potted Pig with toast and pickles and the Offaly good breakfast. Both were really good and very well presented. I particularly liked the Offaly good breakfast as it was cooked so nicely.

For our mains, I had Slow roast Herefordshire pork belly with baked carrots, runner beans, peas & gravy and Ben had a nice Pidgeon and blackberry salad. Although Ben’s salad was very nice, mine was the superior dish. It was cooked very well and the fat just melted away in my mouth. The meals are very simple but effective, rather like you might cook at home.  It is very much meat and two veg affair but it is done in a refined way which I enjoyed.

It was so good I forgot to take the photo until after I'd tucked in!

Absolutely stuffed from our mains, we looked at the desert menu but nothing grabbed us enough to try and make room so we decided against it. We’ll save that for next time.

Overall, I was very impressed with the Potted Pig and I will definitely go back. The menu is small but perfectly formed and changes throughout the year, the atmosphere inside was spot on and prices were fair. With most of the best restaurants in Cardiff being out of the town centre, the Potted Pig is a revelation!

My Last Mouthful was:  The Offaly good breakfast

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