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 at 6;30, 7:00 and 7:30 we offer deli platters in the summer, comforting home cooked favourites in the winter months or if it is more of a snack you are after, one of our small boards which are available all year round, we hope you will accompany these with items from our honour bar. Please browse through this section of the website and if you decide to come and stay with us, please be sure to tell us in advance 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 and one of Chrissie’s delicious home made cakes, which will continue to be found in the guest lounge daily at 4pm onwards for you to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee from your room.

Those of you who would like something a bit more exotic than what can be made in your room; we are happy to make the following for you to order:

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)

Home made cake everyday at boutique B&B | B&B daily home made cake | Fabulous cake at B&B
Hot chocolate at boutique B&B | Warming hot chocolate at B&B | Luxury hot chocolate

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 logo:

Click on the photo or title below to jump to that section of the page

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 7:30 to 9:30 Monday to Friday and 8:00 to 10:00 on the weekends. 

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

Cooked to order breakfasts - what came first? Definitely the chickens here at Piglets Boutique B&B!

PIGLETS' HONOUR BAR

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?

Enjoy…

EVENING MEALS:

We have produced two menus of home cooked comfort food for those preferring a cosy night in at Piglets with no taxis, our honour bar on hand and bed just a few steps away!

Our small boards are perfect for those either having had lunch out during the day and therefore requiring a lighter evening meal or for those wanting a tapas style dining experience by ordering a number of different dishes.

And our winter boards which are more traditional larger dishes and a meal on their own which run from 1st October to end March when our very popular summer deli platter menu takes over.

Please order either for the evening. Thank you.

PIGLETS' SMALL BOARDS - available all year (evenings only)

Savouries

Sweets & cheese

PIGLETS' WINTER BOARDS - available 1st October to end March

PUDDINGS

PIGLETS' PICNICS & IN ROOM TREATS

Piglets is surrounded by great walks and what better memories can be made by settling down to a Piglets’ picnic with a bottle (or two) of your favourite  tipple.

We will prepare a picnic for two, complete with ruck-sack hamper (for ease of carrying), plus a rug and any drink of your choosing from our bar (this will be added to your bill) for you to take on a walk or out in the car for the day. 

A wide range of picnics can be made from a traditional ploughman’s to a more exotic mixed charcuterie, with French, Italian, Spanish and local cheeses or perhaps a fish or vegetarian plate maybe more your thing? 

To avoid disappointment and to ensure we can cater for any special dietary requirements, please be sure to notify us when booking or at least a few days before arrival, what you would like?

Please to avoid disappointment!

PIGLETS' SUMMER DELI PLATTERS - available from 1st April to end September

Feeling peckish or fancy a night in after a long drive? We have deli platters which can be ordered daily by 12 noon either for evening or lunchtime the next day or for later in your stay. These are a substantial meal for one or a good sharing platter for two and once ordered you will find these in the cooler under the bar with your room name on the tray after 6pm daily for evening platters and after noon for lunchtimes (these can be consumed in the upstairs breakfast room – just leave the tray for us to collect.

Please order either for evening or lunchtime the next day. Thank you.

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.

Our current seasonal selection can be found by clicking on this message together with prices – this will change during the year as ingredients become available as the seasons change. 

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: Smoked streaky & middle cut unsmoked back from Great Garnetts Farm, Barnston. 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: Iain R. Spink 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.

If you decide to forego our home cooked food and our in house bar, below are some local café, pub and restaurant recommendations along with a taxi list (do book these well in advance especially at weekends)