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The Tickled Pig
Write down everything you would want from a restaurant in a bustling and almost bohemian market town such as Wimborne, and The Tickled Pig would be on your wish list. Wimborne is emerging in terms of its appeal to visitors wanting to eat, drink and socialise outside the more sti ing conurbations in informal, inspired and rustic surroundings, so here you have it.
The Tickled Pig, a quirky restaurant over two  oors – guests welcomed warmly into the ground  oor by smiling and helpful sta . The family atmosphere is apparent, as the scene has been set by owners Jez and Niki whose experience lies in outside living, outside catering, and bespoke parties – their con dence in their hospitality is palpable.
The menu reads like a script o  the classic 70’s TV show The Good Life – everything is accountable, local and if not grown by themselves has a respectable local/organic/honest provenance.
We dine upstairs – a really cosy, rickety room of 30 covers for dinner and 20 comfortably for a function. It’s a perfect party room and as we’ve learned parties and celebrations are their business – well at least 60% of it, the rest of it from The Tickled Pig.
To start, the menu boasts treacle cured Wimborne St Giles trout, twice-baked cheese sou é and home cured ham – Jez and Niki breed their own pigs...
If you are in the mood to share, the sharing board is legendary and complete with a basket of home-made bread, Dorset rapeseed oil to dunk, along with Tickled Pig olives.
The main menu reads like a comfort journal; Tickled Pig 24- hour hot smoked brisket, wild mushrooms on toast, and poached egg and homegrown leaves (as most of the herbs and salads are). Tempura haddock, skin on chips (remarkably crisp and golden), leaves and aioli – an irresistible dish that was eagerly eyed from another table’s order – an absolute must. Ingenious choices include beetroot and black-eyed bean burger and hot smoked brisket wrap. And the favourite of the day, for our table at least, was the beef and ale pie, horseradish mash, bacon lardons and creamed leaks.
Dessert of vanilla panna cotta with honey poached pears, and toasted nuts is a dream. The cheeseboard encourages most of our party to indulge in a dessert and the cheeseboard and to accept the menu prompt of a port or sherry – plus a Sauternes, Chateau Lafon to accompany the panna cotta.
This is a top-quality yet non-pretentious experience with a homely heart – the wine list boasts something for every dish along with spirits, and bottled beers and ales – but The Tickled Pig is all about the food, and it seems that while this delicious little Wimborne piggy went to market, there may well be another little piggy on the scene soon... We can’t wait. 01202 886778
26 West Borough, Wimborne Dorset, BH21 1NF

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