The story of two pigs, a local beach bar and some celestial guidance.
The Pig is the twelfth symbol in the Chinese zodiac and did you know that this year, 2019, is the Year of the Pig?
According to Chinese philosophy and legend, pigs are kind and affable. They might not necessarily stand out from the crowd, but they are social butterflies with friends from all walks of life, and people, or things, born in the Year of the Pig, can apparently expect a lot of support in both work and life.
Pigs in blankets
So, with this in mind, we’ve gone and done it and jumped into bed with another Pig. We’re really excited about it and we’re hoping that this joining together of two prominent and local Pigs is going to be a successful venture that is good for our local area as well as beneficial to other local businesses.
Two become one.
If you didn’t already know, Pig on the Hill and Pig and Olive have taken over a popular venue in Westward Ho! Previously the Blue and Green, after much hard graft, sweat, a few beers and very few tears, The Pig on the Beach has come to fruition.
When the moon hits your eye, have a big pizza, pie and some mash eh?
It’s now a fab newly-refurbished pub offering drinks and delicious varieties of pie and mash. The pizzeria provides handmade, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas with mouth-wateringly fresh ingredients and toppings, for meat-lovers, vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free bases if required.
What Dirk did
(and Matt, Simon, Joe, Rachel, Toby, Nicole, Kat … the list goes on – thanks all!)
This is the before pic of the kitchen, which was perfectly serviceable, but also pretty boring.
After a lot of hard work, this is the result. We hope you agree that it’s much more appealing, cosy and, well, just downright cool really!
So, what did we do?
We cleaned and polished.
The white, Formica wall was then covered with a vinyl and washable wallpaper with an effective and realistic brick design.
We sourced, recycled and cut up wiggly tin into squares and replaced the white boards on the ceiling.
We cleaned, painted and updated the existing pizza oven to make it ultra-efficient and a lot more attractive.
We put in new and ambient down-lighting instead of the stark and naked spotlights that made everyone squint! The enamel lampshades are from the colourful Sunshine and Snow shop in Mill Street, Bideford, but you can also get them online and, needless to say, they come in lots of lovely colours and styles. We chose red, because this lovely pop of colour in amongst all of the natural hues really complements the scheme.
We created the burnt wood effect by literally burning the wood with a blow torch. Luckily all eyebrows are still in tact.
Finally, we put some lovely finishing touches of tins, beautiful olive oil bottles and some greenery.
Please come and pig out, support us, frequent us and generally have a good time with great food choices and fab company.
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