Food & drink
Whenever we travel, good food and drink are the main driving force as to where we book, at home and abroad.
Saying we are ‘foodies’ is something of a cliché these days, but we love good food, are interested in cooking and enjoy dining with friends and family, so if that makes us ‘foodies’ then we guess we are.
We are both keen cooks who are now able to exercise and expand our skills and offer home cooked food which we hope you will enjoy and feel is good value.
Your breakfasts is included in your room cost. Whilst in the evenings between 6:00 and 7:30 we offer deli platters and home made pizzas all year round on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (Wednesdays and Saturdays our kitchen is closed) enabling you to enjoy a drink from our extensive honour bar without having to worry about driving or the expense of a taxi. Please browse through this section of the website and if you decide to come and stay with us, please be sure to book any food you may require well in advance and tell us of any allergies or dietary requirements so we can accommodate you.
When you arrive & onwards...
For new arrivals we will welcome you with a pot of tea (or coffee) and one of Chrissie’s delicious home made cakes.
From October 1st to March 31st we offer our Winter Café menu for those of you who would like a warming cuppa and a slice of homemade cake from noon onwards. Prices are below:
Cappuccino or Latte @ £2.50
Espresso, single £1.50, double £2.50
Chrissie’s special hot chocolate £3.00
A pot of tea for two @ £3.00
(choice of English Breakfast,
Earl Grey, Camomile, Peppermint,
Green and decaf English Breakfast)
Slice of the cake of the day £2.00
Vegetarian or Vegan?
To save you having to read through our food offerings, we’ve put together a PDF which shows all options which are either vegetarian, vegan or both. Just click the Piglets logo: to the right
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Breakfast at Piglets (included with your room booking)
We don’t believe that asking guests what they would like for breakfast the night before is the right thing to do, especially if they have just eaten their evening meal!
So to ensure everyone receives a relaxing and attentive breakfast cooked fresh to order we offer reserved half hourly slots from 8:00 to 10:00 daily – if you would like a particular time, do reserve a slot when booking or let us know on arrival.
Of course for those on business or needing to be away at a particular time, we will happily take orders the night before so that we do not delay you getting away. Please be sure to request a particular time slot for breakfast either on booking or when you arrive if you have an appointment to keep.
ALLERGIES: Please inform us if you have any allergies or dislikes so we can give you information about ingredients to allow you to make an informed choice.
Our menu is marked ‘V’ for vegetarian, ‘Vg’ for vegan and ‘GF’ for gluten free.
If you don’t see it, we might have it or be able to get it in for you, so please ask.
Breakfast Menu - all breakfast items are included in your room stay
COMPLIMENTARY FRENCH PASTRY BASKET
From Brittany, northern France we have a delicious selection of mini croissants, chocolate and fruit pastries served piping hot from the oven to get your appetite kick started!
COMPLIMENTARY BLOODY, VIRGIN MARY, RED SNAPPER or SCREWDRIVER
To add a spicy zing to your morning and really blow the cobwebs away, we have either a shot of Bloody Mary (Vodka based), Red Snapper (Gin based), Virgin Mary (no alcohol) or a Screwdriver (Vodka & fresh orange juice) for you to enjoy with your pastries with our compliments.
While you wait for your breakfast to be cooked please visit the buffet table where you will find fresh juices, yogurt, a variety of nuts and seeds and cereals along with jams, homemade marmalade and local honey for your toast plus a choice of semi skimmed or oat milk.
Great Rift breakfast blend (including a de-caff option), Earl Grey, Green, Chamomile or Peppermint
We offer a choice of cafetière (Americano), Espresso, Cappuccino or Latte. De-caff is available if preferred.
CHRISSIE's HOT CHOC
Fairtrade sweet Criollo cocoa beans from Sao Tome island off West Africa are used to make Chrissie's indulgent hot chocolate along with frothy milk topped off with whipped cream, a sprinkle of chocolate powder and a marshmallow - what's not to like?
Made with premium oats and milk but we are happy to make it with gluten free oats and oat milk (V and GF). Warm milk served on the side.
FRESH FRUIT SALAD
Seasonal fresh fruit and hedgerow berries made to order.
AVOCADO ON TOAST
Local sourdough toast with ripe avocado and poached Piglet egg (V)
ACROSS THE POND
Three American style pancakes with seasonal fruit & maple syrup (V) or add some bacon
A LOAD OF WAFFLE
Homemade waffles with seasonal fruit & maple syrup (V) or add some bacon
A variety of locally baked breads including a Gluten free (GF) option
Two slices of farmhouse white loaf, dipped in beaten Piglets' eggs and fried, seasonal fruit, maple syrup, icing sugar and local crispy smoked streaky bacon and whipped cream to finish!
Cooked to order breakfasts - what came first? Definitely the chickens here at Piglets Boutique B&B!
Boiled Piglets egg(s) with toasted soldiers
PIGLETS FULL ENGLISH
Two Piglets eggs, award winning local sausage, bacon and black pudding, slow roasted tomatoes, thyme pan-fried mushrooms, fried bread, baked beans & sautéed farm potatoes. Substitute your sausage for a gluten free version (GF)
VEGETARIAN / VEGAN FULL ENGLISH (V)
Vegetarian sausage, mushrooms, sautéed potatoes, slow roasted tomatoes & wilted spinach. Add an egg if you are vegetarian or substitute baked beans for spinach if preferred
A two or three Piglet egg omelette with a choice of mushrooms, ham, cheese, onion, chilli, tomatoes, smoked salmon - you come up with the combination and we’ll cook it for you!
BENEDICT: Two poached Piglet eggs atop an English muffin with farmhouse ham and sumptuous hollandaise sauce
As above but with award winning Smoked Salmon instead of ham
As Benedict but with wilted Spinach instead of ham (V)
Spanish chorizo sausage with sautéed onions, tomatoes & potatoes with a fried Piglet egg
HAM & EGGS
Local farmhouse honey roast ham with two fried Piglets eggs
BACON or SAUSAGE SANDWICH
Award winning local bacon and sausage on farmhouse white
SMOKED SALMON & SCRAMBLE
Three Piglets eggs lightly scrambled with cross cut sumptuous Loch Duart Scottish Smoked Salmon (V)
SMOKED SALMON BAGEL
Award winning Loch Duart Scottish Smoked Salmon and cream cheese on a bagel (V)
Direct from Arbroath, Scotland, these delicious haddocks are traditionally hot smoked in whisky barrels as they have been since the late 1800s. Try one with a poached Piglet egg, bacon or both!
Fully stocked and at local pub prices, not hotel ones. Our bar is self service but we are always on-hand if you need something that we’ve missed!
BEERS: Popular and artisan lagers, beers and stouts can be found in our cooler as can our own cider made from our own apples.
HOUSE WINES: French, Italian and new world house wines are available in full, half and some single glass bottles and two sizes of Prosecco.
ICE COLD VODKAS & PIMMS: Premium and standard Vodkas are cooled too, as are ready mixed cans of Pimms.
GIN LIBRARY: In the bar you will find over 50 gins together with some premium small batch specialist gins – we have a wide range of Fever-Tree mixers, plus you will find dehydrated citrus fruits together with juniper berries, cardamom pods and pink peppercorns to liven up your G&Ts and of course lots of ice,
NIGHTCAPS & APERITIFS: All other spirits are represented from blended to malt whiskys, Tequilla, artisan rums plus a special digestiv and aperitif section including liqueur gins, our own homemade Limoncello Gin-ello, Cognac, Baileys and all the usual suspects!
COCKTAILS: Local Cambridge mixologists have made a selection of their award winning cocktails (basically shake over ice and add mixers they suggest), from an Old Fashioned to a Porn Star Martini or a sultry Mojito or a Margarita – we’ve covered most bases.
NON-ALCOHOLIC SPIRITS & BEERS: We have Seedlip, Divers’ Tipple and other non-alcoholic spirits plus 0% lagers.
SOFT DRINKS: Cokes, San Pelligrino fruit sodas, fruit juices and spring water are in the cooler.
ICE CREAMS, CRISPS & CHOCS: Local Saffron Walden artisan ice creams , crisps, exotic nuts and snacks plus some chocolate can be also found in the bar.
HONOUR PART: All we ask it that you return our trust in you and jot down what you have consumed on your room sheet displayed in the bar and we’ll add it to your bill when you settle up – sounds fair?
Here at our rural country location there are a few things that might come as a surprise to those of you who are more used to urban life where dining opportunities abound and taxis are available at a snap of one’s fingers…things don’t quite work this way around here, which is one of the lovely things guest like about visiting us Piglets; however it can be a little frustrating at times…let us explain; you are probably unlikely to find many pubs/restaurants open on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday evening for food. And if you don’t book long in advance, getting into your favoured pub or restaurant on a Friday/Saturday night or for Sunday lunch might prove difficult plus local taxis’ are often all booked up (BTW there is no Uber here).
So with this in mind, our kitchen is open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings for pre-ordered food from 6 to 7:30pm (order when booking or by 5pm daily).
Depending on the weather evening meals will be served either in our upstairs dining room or al-fresco on our Mediterranean style patio together with our magnificent wood fired pizza oven all fired up.
Thus allowing for a cosy night in at Piglets with no taxis, our honour bar on hand and bed just a few steps away!
Please note the kitchen is closed on Wednesday and Saturdays.
Please order either for the evening. Thank you.
PIZZAS at PIGLETS
12" Stonebaked pizzas with fior di latte mozzarella & tomato & herb base from Emilia Romagna
VEGETARIANO (v) £14.00
On a traditional base of tomato, herbs and mozzarella, topped with Portobello mushrooms, Italian sun-dried tomatoes & roasted peppers, black olives
VEGANO (v, vg) £14.00
A tomato and herb base with courgette, Portobello mushrooms, Italian sun-dried tomatoes and roasted peppers, black olives
EXTRA TOPPINGS 50p each
Extra toppings available: Spanish cornichons, balsamic onions from Modena, diced spicy chorizo, black olives, 'njuda, basil pesto or chilli
PLEASE NOTE: All our bases are Vegan and we do have gluten free base available
Please advise if you require a gluten free base when ordering, than you.
ROCKET SALAD Small £2.50, large £5.00
To accompany you pizza or on its own, a freshly made rocket salad with pine nuts, cherry tomatoes and a balsamic dressing
NOCELLARA OLIVES £3.00
Bowl of Sicilian extra large green olives
Artisan local ice creams
PIGLETS' SUMMER DELI PLATTERS - available all year.
Feeling peckish or fancy a night in after a long drive? We have deli platters which can be ordered daily at breakfast for that evening or for later in your stay. These are a substantial meal for one or a good sharing platter for two. These are served from 6pm to 7:30pm if weather allows; al-fresco on our Mediterranean patio or upstairs in our breakfast dining room.
Please order either for the evening of your arrival. Thank you.
VEGETARIAN/VEGAN (v, vg) £29.95 sharing, £19.95 for one
A mix of tastes and textures which changes accordingly to what is seasonal and at its best in the local markets.
MIXED PLATTER £32.50 sharing, £22.50 for one
A complete meal from starters, meat to fish and finishing with cheese! Our most popular platter.
IN ROOM TREATS
Please to avoid disappointment!
Prosecco on ice £25.00
Waiting for you on arrival or on request, we will bring you an ice bucket with a bottle of Prosecco and flutes for you to enjoy
Grand Cru Champagne on ice £50.00
Waiting for you on arrival in your room or on request, we will bring you an ice bucket with a bottle of Grand Cru Champagne and flutes for you to enjoy
Fresh bouquet of seasonal flowers From £42.50
A beautiful bouquet of flowers from our local market in your room
Local hand made chocolate truffles From £22.50
A scrummy box of homemade chocolate truffles in your room
If you have enjoyed some of our homemade food items during your stay, you can now purchase these from our in-house shop; Piglets Pantry.
These can all be found on display in the corridor leading to the bar. Just let either Chrissie or Max know what you’d like and it will be ready for you to take home with you.
Provenance of the food at Piglets
Here at Piglets we endeavour to use local farm produce wherever possible to support our rural community and to give our guests the best possible fresh produce. However, if there are exceptional items we may travel far and wide to bring you the very best artisan food available.
BACON & HAM: Applewood smoked streaky & middle cut unsmoked back from Norfolk via out local Saffron Walden butcher Burton & Son. Honey roast ham from Prior’s Hall Farm, Lindsell.
SAUSAGES: Traditional: Award winning “Goddards” pork sauages from Great Garnetts Farm, Barnston. Gluten free: Prior’s Hall Farm, Lindsell.
BLACK PUDDING: The only Black Pudding maker who users fresh blood The Fruit Pig Company, Cambridgeshire.
CHARCUTERIE: Multi award winning charcuterie produced on the hills above Bodmin Moor on the Cornish coast at Deli Farm Charcuterie.
EGGS: From our own free range chickens.
BREADS: Baked in Ingatestone, Essex by family bakers & sold in Saffron Walden market.
PATTISERIE: From Bridor in Brittany, France.
VEGETABLES: If not supplied from Piglets own vegetable patches these are bought from local markets.
SMOKED SALMON: Fished from Loch Duart in Scotland and smoked in Grimsby by Alfred Enderby since 1918. We slice our Salmon across the bias to give a “whole fish” experience. “Simply the best smoke house in the UK” says Marco Pierre White.
ARBROATH SMOKIES: Spink’s is one of Rick Stein’s food heroes & is one of Britain’s Top 50 British foods.
MARMALADE & HONEY: Piglets home made marmalade and Essex honey from Wimbish bees.
TEAS: Birchalls has been producing fine teas from their plantations in Africa since 1872.
COFFEE: Italian coffee at it best from Lavazza, Turin since 1895.
SALT & SAUCES: Even our salt is local from the salt flats at Maldon, Essex, since 1882 and Stokes from Suffolk provide our award wining brown and tomato sauces.