The best of British!
The Food Lovers
The famous Pig & Whistle Inn on Soi 7 Pattaya has been serving up its quintessential pub grub to its many regulars and guests for more than 15 years. Now Jomtien is the auspicious location for its sister hostelry. We reviewed this friendly pub on its opening just over a year ago and felt it was high time we revisited to enjoy its great pub grub.
From 8:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. this kitchen is in full flight providing the class of dishes that has made the Pig & Whistle famous. Inside the new establishment, the décor is a modern, loungy sports bar with three big screens showing the matches of the day, a big comfy bar and banquette seating for friendly get-togethers and sociable events. On tap beers include Tetley and Carlsberg plus the very popular draft cider, Strowford Press.
The English breakfast menus are legendary and many a trencherman has been defeated by The Pig’s “full Monty” of two eggs, two English sausages, two rashers of Wiltshire bacon, baked beans, grilled mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, fried potatoes, fried bread plus toast and marmalade at only B.190. Breakfast meat heads would be well and truly satisfied with the No. 1. Special set: fillet steak (100 gr) two eggs any style, bubble and squeak and mushrooms for B.195. Even those folk who enjoy a kipper for breakfast are kept happy with the No. 2 Special set: kipper, scrambled eggs, bacon and toast for B.195. All the breakfast items, including the bubble and squeak and black pudding can be ordered singly or with any item of your choice.
Mick and I were back and were (again) very impressed with the hearty and the homely “just as Mum used to cook” quality of all this pub fayre. Come hungry though, the portions are huge and the staff (especially chef) disappointed if your plate isn’t licked clean before its return to the kitchen.
After much deliberating (it all reads so well), we chose to kick off the proceedings with a portion of their signature chicken liver pate (B.120). Deeply rich in flavour and served with dark brown bread toast and garnish it was top drawer. Other starters include the perennially popular Norwegian prawn cocktail, spring rolls or one of their homemade soups with the pea and ham variety coming highly recommended.
We should mention the sandwiches now before we move on to the main courses. These are wonderful “door stop” affairs: huge slices of thickly sliced white bread generously packed with the filling of your choice, i.e., hot chicken, roast beef, bacon and egg, sausage and egg and even pork and apple with prices from B.70. The perfect accompaniment to a mug of builder’s tea.
Half time by now and Mick and I were wondering where to take our taste buds for a nostalgic trip back to the times when the term “gastro-pub” had never been coined. We chose a traditional Wiltshire gammon steak served with an egg, fresh pineapple, garden peas and chips and the house chicken ham and mushroom pie accompanied by garden peas, carrots, cabbage, roast potatoes and gravy (B.245). The pie exceeded all my expectations, the pastry was simply superb, a crisp crunchy exterior with a softer interior playing host to chunks of succulent chicken and mushrooms. Accompanied by the best roast potatoes I have tasted in a long while and a gravy that shrieked “mmm Bisto” –it was delicious. Mick meanwhile was tucking in and reminiscing about the last time he had enjoyed a gammon steak so much (decades ago!) and we were both waxing lyrical about this classic, traditional food that had successfully made the long trek from the British Isles to the Land of Smiles. Incidentally, the Thai menu covers more than 30 items to please the most discerning Thai diner.
Meaty diners are spoilt for choice from the signature beef stew, the home made steak and kidney pie, fillet or sirloin steak, braised steak in a rich red wine sauce and their celebrated liver, bacon and onions plus daily roast lunches (with all the trimmings) starting at B.270. No self respecting pub would be without fish and chips and here it is a house speciality featuring huge fillets of white fish deep fried in a “light as a feather” batter and served with mushy peas and chef’s individual tartar sauce.
We really enjoyed the classic homely dishes here at the Jomtien Pig & Whistle. For a true taste of the best of British it would be hard to beat this most convivial pub with its hearty, nourishing food, friendly staff and welcoming vibe.
The Pig & Whistle (2)
Situated at the bottom of Thappraya Hill on the right-hand side going towards Jomtien beach and opposite the Hanuman statue.
Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 12 midnight.
Tel: (038) 303 289