Friday, 25 April 2014

Winchelsea: The Red Pig

Making the most of the Bank holiday weekend, we decided to try out a mobile food van that we had heard great things about. Called The Red Pig, it is located in a lay by down near Winchelsea beach, on the South coast of East Sussex just along from Hastings. 

After a fairly lengthy journey there stuck in traffic we pulled up and parked, hungry and keen for lunch. Even though it is situated along a main coastal road, there are stunning views surrounding it and the beach is a stones throw away. 

A very rustic looking vintage railway carriage crossed with a shehards hut trailer conversion sits proudly behind a landrover, it's quirky charm is innovative...especially with a giant red pig greeting you outside! On the day we visited it was freezing, but hey it is only April. On a warm sunny day it would be ideal to grab a coffee and food to laze on the beach for an afternoon. 

It was a friendly greeting, with all staff being very attentive. There was only a small queue but someone still came straight out to take our order whilst we waited so that it was ready when we got to the hatch. Customer service like that makes the whole experience stand out and feel very polished.

The menu is simple - sausage with slaw, roast pulled pork or a veggie broth, along with cakes for afters if you still have room. We both opted for the pulled pork with Ollie having a can of fizz and me going for a latte to wash it all down. 

Whilst waiting we noticed the humorous anecdotes chalked on doors painted in blackboard paint with a regular Q&A section for customers. This humorous addition made us immediately warm to The Red Pig and what it stands for.

Served in a cute brown box, the pulled pork came with some crusty bread, salad and slaw. It was very good although a little pricey, but the pig is good quality and I don't mind paying for that at all. The coffee was middle of the road, no way as bad the The Cupcake Cafe but not up there with Loaf. It seems the focus is more on their range of teas...which will have to be sampled another time along with the delish looking cakes. But we didn't come here for the coffee, its all about the pig for us.

If you fancy sitting in to eat, there is a teeny amount of seating available which would have been ideal to get out of the cold if there had been space. It would also give you the chance to admire the stunning views behind.

The Verdict?
A fantastic concept, we love the whole street food revolution. If you want a good quality, amazingly tasty pork then this is definitely the place. We can wholeheartedly recommend that the pulled pork is a must. The service is equally top notch with friendly proprietors and location wise you can get a beach trip with top nosh in one. If I lived near by I could see myself being a regular customer, maybe not for the coffee but definitely for the food. We will definitely be back. 

Most days between Winchelsea Beach and Pett Level in lay by. 

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