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Reader lunch: Fred's, Sydney
24.01.2017

Beat the queues to Sydney's most sought-after table and join us for a knockout summery lunch at Fred's.

Greg Malouf returns to Dubai
24.01.2017

After spending the past 12 months writing books and doing one-off dinners the Australian chef is poised to open an exciting new restaurant in the Middle Eastern capital.

Merivale’s The Chicken Shop opens this week
24.01.2017

Ben Greeno’s long-awaited side-hustle, The Chicken Shop, is opening on Australia Day, right next to The Paddington.

Nour Sydney kicks off guest chef series
23.01.2017

Ghostboy Cantina did it with Temp Taquero in Dixon House and at Tio's. Automata did it with Auto.Lab. And now Nour, the powder-pink themed modern Lebanese eatery in Surry Hills, is joining the club with a guest chef series, too.

Our third Chinese-language edition is out now
23.01.2017

Dedicated to being the best guide to Australia, our latest Chinese-language edition includes a checklist of the country's essential new restaurants, our most beautiful beaches, and much more.

Blanca Bar & Dining to open in Bondi this week
23.01.2017

Bjorck describes the food as "European-style," but with "nice fresh Japanese flavours".

Jackalope hotel opens on the Mornington Peninsula
20.01.2017

Glamour, sophistication and luxury have arrived on the Peninsula, with a crack-team of staff assembled to make it a success.

Stokehouse, Melbourne Review
19.01.2017

An Australian dining landmark rises from the ashes: the Stokehouse is back ready to please the crowds for at least another generation to come, writes Michael Harden.

The Pig on the Beach, Dorset, England

The newest Pig hotel in England is really a restaurant with rooms - and its garden-to-plate principles are as impressive as the views.

The Pig on the Beach has the classiest sea views in Dorset: across bobbing fishing boats to Old Harry Rocks. Opened in June, this is the latest in The Pig hotels' litter and joins the three-year-old Pig in the New Forest, in south-west England, The Pig In The Wall, at Southampton, and The Pig Near Bath.

About two and a half hours' drive from London and overlooking Studland Bay, we think this clifftop Pig has the best location of all. It's the former Manor House Hotel, leased from the National Trust, and co-owners Robin Hutson and David Elton have applied their trademark informal style to the conversion of this Arts and Crafts villa, along with intelligent service and a ferocious commitment to food provenance.

There are 23 bedrooms and a couple of sequestered outside bedrooms - The Lookout and The Bothy overlook a walled garden and the sea. Guests can wander off to two shepherd's huts in a meadow for massages using Bamford products.

For all its comforts, though, The Pig on the Beach is essentially a restaurant with rooms - and, oh, what a restaurant. The garden-to-plate ethos is executed with rigour; nothing hits the table that hasn't been raised or foraged in the hotel's kitchen garden or within a 40-kilometre radius - fennel, pea shoots, garden beans, Isle of Wight tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and more. Other local specialties include Dorset whelks and Purbeck eggs.

There's private dining for 12 in the thatched Roundhouse, and the bar, with its floorboards made from railway sleepers, is a perfect evening bookend.

The only caveat is the Pig's popularity: you might well secure a room, and pigs might fly, too.

The Pig on the Beach, rooms from $252. Manor House, Manor Road, Studland, Dorset.


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