The Handbook
The Handbook

The newly opened Pig & Goose, nestled above the charming and charismatic pub The George on the Strand and opposite the formidable Royal Courts of Justice, is really one of those hidden gems that if you are not looking out for you will miss….and that would be a great shame.

Once you’ve made your way through the suits downstairs in the pub enjoying a stiff drink after work, you’re warmly welcomed up a flight of stairs to this new elegant restaurant and lounge. Refurbished last Autumn, the Pig & Goose has retained its charm and elegance as well as managing to highlight the tradition and history of the building and surrounding area.

The restaurant space is carefully laid out, allowing its guests to retain a sense of private dining whilst at the same time being able to soak up the atmosphere of this charismatic and sophisticated restaurant. Of course for those who are wanting a more private space to dine in, just off the restaurant floor is the Horace Walpole Room, available for small parties and overlooking the courts.

Welcomed by attentive and charming staff, we were led to our corner table, where we had a great view of the chefs at work, as well as the beautiful authentic Victorian bar. 

The menu was eclectic and easy on the eye for any food lover. The staff was incredibly helpful and went out of their way each time to provide us with carefully thought out suggestions.

We went for the safe choice of  Smoked Cobb Chicken, bib lettuce, radish and soft herb salad cream for one starter, but with the second starter we went east and choice the oriental inspired Japanese cured salmon, sesame & ginger, avocado and wasabi. Having been hesitant at first and certainly not the biggest fan of sushi, this dish blew me away. Simple yet  the combination of the wasabi and salmon worked well together and would be something I would highly recommend.

For our main courses, we went for the Dressed Devon Crab, chips, garlic mayonnaise and grated egg and then the Roast Duck breast, red cabbage and mulled pear, heritage carrots and anise jus. Both dishes were expertly cooked and presented elegantly and with great style.

The dish, however, that left us wanting to return to the Pig & Goose was the sensational Burnt orange panna cotta, meringue, Grand Marnier jelly and honeycomb. Recommended to us by our charming knowledgeable waitress (her first day as well at the restaurant!), we were both hesitant at first, but boy were we grateful for this recommendation. The rich chocolate mousse, was hands down beaten by the panna cotta this time.

When it came to wine, we were carefully guided through the options and chose from the impressive wine list a delightful Sauvignon Chardonnay, Domaine du Salvard.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable evening with fine food and attentive staff tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Strand. If you find yourself in the area, definitely well worth a visit.