It's a large venue with so many plans - brewery, dairy, accommodation all to come and to see it in Spring is a vision of green, green grass and blue blue sky. There is so much land and scope for little ones to run around in and for diners to feel relaxed and unrestricted by confined spaces.
Service was professional and efficient if not particularly personal or warm but the team did the job. Steve had the scarmbled duck eggs with crispy bacon on toasted brioche and added the "Burnham greens" which are seasonal and grown on site. The day's selection was rocket and mizuna. I had the Vietnamese eggs which were atop pulled pork on a bread roll with said greens and nuoc cham dressing.
Our drinks of orange juice and a pot of tea for tea arrived promptly and it was pleasant to sit outside with the views of the green vista and young children running in the distance; pretty idyllic for a Sunday morning.
Our food took a little while to arrive but not unreasonably so. The greens were so fresh and punchy with leafy flavour. I'd have liked my eggs to be slightly less well done and bit runnier to be ideal but I enjoyed the pork and bread. The dressing was pretty delicate so a little more zip and zap would have elevated the dish. But still enjoyable.
Steve enjoyed his more traditional breakfast. We didn't think it was any better than the popular weekend breakfast haunts closer to home but it offered a different experience; rural vs. urban which was enjoyable and with lots of table space it was easy to spread the newspapers and feel comfortable even when sharing the communal table with a family of 3.
I took a peek inside too and admired the attractive display of cakes and pastries. I liked the decor that stays true to the original use of the building with concrete walls, outside pipes style taps and stone floors. I think that it's more the destination and venue that scores the Piggery high and not so much the food. It's about the convivial dining, quick turnaround of food, child friendly space all done to a high standard that draws the crowds. And I guess when you're a parent and have little ones, it is about finding somewhere kid friendly in terms of venue and not just food.
I look forward to seeing how the other developments on site and look forward to another visit in the future.