Food Spotlight: The Peppered Pig
Spotlight on The Peppered Pig
Restaurant and Deli
by Emily Lawley
The Peppered Pig in Turnbridge near East Cowick is a delicatessen, tea room and nursery by day and a busy 45-cover restaurant by night. The combination of businesses in one custom-built venue is a reflection of owners Sam and Glen Mitchell’s passion for providing a wonderful experience for children and local foodies alike.
Sam and Glen started their business by establishing Turnbridge Day Nursery in 2003. Sam explained that she had worked for several years as a long-haul air hostess but after they had their first child she struggled to find a nursery she wanted to send them to so, she decided to re-train and set-up her own.
Cooking has always been one of Sam’s passions. So six years later she and Glen decided to expand the building to house a small restaurant that could seat 26 covers. Sam went back to study cooking and was the Head Chef for about 18-months before employing a team of talented cooks to oversee the running of the kitchen.
With a small selection of ‘pub grub’ venues in the vicinity, Sam wanted the Peppered Pig to be a great place for locals to have the chance to enjoy gourmet food on their doorstep. The restaurant went from strength to strength. After three years of consistently being fully-booked they further extended the building. This allowed up to 45 covers in the restaurant and created a separate bar/lounge area where the old 26-cover restaurant used to be. The Peppered Pig’s Panty delicatessen opened at the back of the building.
The building itself, much of which Glen designed, is striking. There are exposed wooden beams and most of the walls and ceiling are made from large glass panels. These offer diners beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.
The Pig’s Pantry deli and tea rooms are open five days a week. They offer a selection of homemade artisan breads, pastries, scotch eggs, cakes and tarts. These can be taken away or enjoyed in the restaurant. The daytime menu also includes a full breakfast featuring free range pork sausages and bacon (£8.95), various cold sandwiches like coronation chicken (£5.25) and Harrogate blue, bacon & marmalade (£5.35), along with a rather indulgent Afternoon Tea that I enjoyed taste testing.
It is a great way to sample all of the best bits the deli has to offer. At £11.95 per person you can tuck into four open sandwiches from the menu; delicious mini scones with jam and cream; a slice each of the millionaire’s shortbread and zingy lime and raspberry cake; a decadent pot of lemon brulee and a generous portion of succulent chicken, sausage and stuffing pie. I love a good Afternoon Tea and this one was exceptional. The added treats from the deli make it even more special.
Even though a nursery and a food business don’t seem the most obvious pairing, what The Peppered Pig does offer is a place for parents and grandparents to meet-up before or after nursery. Or, with 10% off all takeaway food and drink for nursery users, a great place to grab a quick morning coffee and cake or a tasty lunchtime treat.
The evening menu is a foodie’s delight. Full of epicurean dishes prepared using locally-sourced fish, meat and vegetables. I went along to eat at the restaurant on a Friday night. The food, drink and atmosphere is brilliant and all seats taken. There were several large parties dining showing that it is the perfect place for a celebration. Everything on the menu feels like a treat – especially the wonderful deserts.
“A memorable experience”
The whole restaurant can be booked for a private party. They also have a marquee that can be used for bigger events with options for both hot food or a delectable buffet spread available. As is true with all of their business expansions, Sam and Glen very much have their customers’ needs at the heart of their decisions. This is reflected in their expansion into offering outside after receiving several requests for local events.
It’s clear that Sam and Glen are always looking for ways to improve on and expand their already successful business with new ideas. Their latest addition is the opportunity to enjoy a vintage Afternoon Tea in their pristine green split screen Volkswagen camper van.
Whatever you visit The Peppered Pig for it will be a memorable experience. This is down to their small team of friendly, helpful and attentive staff. Plus, no matter what menu you choose from, the food is guaranteed to be delicious.
Wednesday-Saturday: 6.30pm – Late
Sunday: Noon – 4pm
Deli Counter & Tea Rooms:
Tuesday-Saturday: 9.30am – 5.00pm
The Peppered Pig
To book a table call 01405 839888 or email [email protected]