A few weeks ago I was invited to try out the new menu at the recently refurbished ‘The Square Pig’ in Holborn. It’s a short walk from my office and it’s always useful to find good restaurants around that area, as it’s a great spot for meeting friends for a quick bite after work. As you walk into The Square Pig, it’s got a typical ‘gastropub’ feel to it, with a lively buzz and mix of people drinking and eating.
Now I have to point something out right away in this review – it was particularly dark on the night I visited, and my camera was having absolutely none of it! I tried the flash a few times, but no fellow diners want to have a paparazzi show on the table next door. So The Square Pig kindly gave me some photos for this post, which were much needed. I’ve never had to do this before, so it must have been particularly dark in there! But hey, dark means cosy, and there’s nothing better than a cosy restaurant!
We were dining in a group and we were given a selection of lots of different dishes to try, to get a feel for the whole menu. The idea of the menu is that it’s proper pub grub, but done better! Most British pubs now serve food, but not all of them are doing it brilliantly – I mean come on, it’s not particularly hard to do a basic burger or fish and chips well. But The Square Pig has an edge, as you can probably tell from the dishes we tried:
- Square Pig Nachos with pulled pork, tomato and coriander salsa, Gouda drip, spring onions, sour cream & jalapenos
- Double fried squid with kaiso seaweed and carrot salad, chilli, sesame & teriyaki glaze
- Crab cakes: picked white crab meat, sweetcorn succotash , Creole dressing
- Stuffed jalapeño croquettes with a black pepper ranch dressing
- Smokehouse Burger: 4oz patty, pulled pork, homebrewed BBQ sauce, maple bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion
- BBQ glazed 12 hr beef short rib, BBQ ribs, Krakauer sausages
- Sweet potato fries, maple and chipotle sour cream
- Loaded fries, pulled pork, Gouda melt, herb crème fraiche, fried egg
- Platter of mini desserts including Square Pig Donuts
Please excuse the next couple of photos which definitely don’t do the food justice, but I can confirm they were absolutely delicious!
As you can tell from that list, there was a LOT of food! And it was all really good. It felt very indulgent and not the kind of thing you’d tuck into every night (for the sake of your waistline!), but for a treat it’s awesome! The stuffed jalapeño croquettes were a highlight for me, I could have kept eating those all night!
After we’d demolished the puddings, the chef emerged from the kitchen and we learned that he had previously worked at Barbecoa, which made a lot of sense, given how tasty and well the meat was cooked. All of The Square Pig’s prime beef cuts are personally selected for them by Allman Fowler, a third generation beef farmer from Brook Farm in Burnham on Crouch.
I was really impressed by the nice little twists on all of these dishes – gouda drip on the nachos, kaiso seaweed with the squid, and herb crème fraiche and fried egg on top of pork, on top of chips, for crying out loud! What more could you want? It’s all very reasonably priced too. So if you’re in the area and fancy a good burger and some tasty sides, head to The Square Pig! Why go to one of the many chain restaurants in Central London when you can find a little gem like this?
You can find out more about The Square Pig on their website here.
I was invited to review The Square Pig by Roche Communications and The Square Pig but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.