Year of the Pig

Welcome to the Year of the Pig – Some fun facts

The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals within the Chinese tradition . According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The story has it that the Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house and he had to rebuild his home before he could set off. Other sources said that Buddha called for a great meeting when he was about to leave the Earth. The Pig came in last.

Either way when Pig arrived, he was the last one and therefore could only take twelfth place, hence the twelfth sign of the zodiac. It is believed that the term “lazy-pig” or as “lazy-as-a-pig” was derived from this.

The Pig is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) hài (亥), and the hours 9 to 11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth.

The Pig and the Elements

The natural element of the Pig is Water. Thus, it is commonly associated with emotions and intuitions. Yet, given that along with the elements, the animal zodiac also follows a cycle, each of the elements affect the characteristic of the same Earthly stem.

However, the Pig is yin, and thus only the negative aspects of the elements can be attached to them, thus only 5 kinds of Pigs are found in the zodiac. They are the following:

  • 乙亥 (yǐhài) – The Wood Pig
  • 丁亥 (dīnghài) – The Fire Pig
  • 己亥 (jǐhài) – The Earth Pig
  • 辛亥 (xīnhài) – The Metal Pig
  • 癸亥 (guǐhài) – The Water Pig

Pigs might not stand out in a crowd. But they are very realistic. Others may be all talk and no action. Pigs are the opposite.

Though not wasteful spenders, they will let themselves enjoy life. They love entertainment and will occasionally treat themselves. They are a bit materialistic, but this is motivation for them to work hard. Being able to hold solid objects in their hands gives them security.

They are energetic and are always enthusiastic, even for boring jobs. If given the chance, they will take positions of power and status. They believe that only those people have the right to speak, and that’s what they want.

May you have a prosperous New Year, what ever your sign

Chinese New Year Celebration

The Mandarin Chinese Restaurant in Hilton

Welcomes you to the

Chinese New Year Celebration
On Tuesday 5th February 2019

The Year of the Pig

Happy New Year! Kung Hei Fat Choy! 新 年 快 樂! 恭 喜 發 財!

There will be a traditional Unicorn Dance on the night to welcome in the Year of The Pig

Set Menu – Minimum for 2 Adults

(£23.80 ** per adult) (Children under 120cm: £11.00 ** per child)


Aromatic Crispy Duck with Pancakes

Second Course

Salt and Chilli Ribs, Sesame Prawn and Chicken on Toast, Crispy Shredded

Smoked Chicken, Spring Rolls & Crispy Seaweed

Main Course

Sizzling Fillet Steak Slices in Black Bean Sauce
Roast Pork Slices in Szechuan Sauce
Crispy King Prawns in Lemon Sauce
Salt and Chilli Chicken

Served with Yeung Chow Fried Rice

Booking Details:

A non-refundable deposit of £10.00 per person is required to secure a booking.

To reserve a table please phone 01283-732305 or or use the booking form  selecting “Chinese New Year Celebration” from the reason for visit

** A 10% service charge will be added on to the final bill.

Christmas Opening

The Mandarin would like to wish our customer a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

We will be serving two alternative Christmas menus during this period:-

All You Can Eat Menu-Cooked to Order

Christmas Menu

Also  Christmas our opening hours are as follows:

  • 24th Dec – Open at 4pm
  • 25th & 26th – Closed
  • 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th Dec – Open at 5pm*
  • 31st Dec – Open at 4pm

*We will accept telephone orders from 4:30pm)

Food Allergy or Intolerance

In light of the recent very sad and high profile cases of deaths arising from food borne allergens, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that we take your safety very serious and, therefore, wish to draw your attention to the fact that some of our dishes may contain the following allergens: –

  • Celery
  • Cereals containing gluten, namely: wheat
  • Crustaceans; for example prawns, crabs etc
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans / Soya
  • Milk
  • Nuts; for example peanuts, cashews,  pistachio nuts etc
  • Celery
  • Mustard
  • Sesame / sesame seeds
  • Sulphur dioxide/sulphites
  • Lupin
  • Molluscs;  for example prawns

These ingredients may cause some people to have a reaction, we would therefore ask that you please inform our staff before ordering if your suffer from any food allergies and we will do our best to advise you.

Whilst every care is taken to ensure that there is no cross-contamination between foods, we do use the above ingredients in other dishes, within the same kitchen and there is a chance that cross-contamination could occur.  

For more food allergen and intolerance information go to the FSA website


The Mandarin


Order Online via Just Eat



Fantastic news, we have teamed up with JUST EAT to bring you the ability to buy online for the first time.
For the regulars to the site to have probable noticed the new “ORDER ONLINE” tab appear at the top of the page. By clicking on that it takes you directly to our micro-site on

We hope you enjoying using our new functionality.

The Management

New Features

As we slowly add new features to make your website easier to use we inevitably hit a few snags along the way.
Some of you may have noticed that we went off-line for a period of time yesterday evening, unfortunately someone fed the Gremlins after midnight and they caused a bit of mischief.

Thanks to our team of engineers we managed to get thing up and running again.

Coming Soon ..
We have a brand new, first time ever, take-away shop so you you will be able to order your dinner from the comfort or your own device.
You may see some products going in and out from time-to-time but please for now do not order anything, we know you are eager but it wont go live until September!

I’ll be back with an update later in the month.

Brand new website

Welcome to our brand new website, we hope you like it?

We have worked hard over the past year or so thinking how we could make the site look and feel a lot cleaner and easer to navigate.
We have taken time to seek out customer comments and what they expect to get from the site, what they like about the current site and even what they didn’t like.

As such we have kept some of the old features but added some great new ones too; like being able to put your comments directly on to the site rather than use third part sites or the all new mobile site with call and navigation buttons making your interaction with the site simpler and easer.

Also for the first time we have a blog; where we can place our news, events and customer updates in one place rather than cluttering up the home page, improving the user experience of the site.
We aim to keep this as up-to-date as possible so keep checking back for the latest news. However, as we are always cooking up great food this is not always easy.

We would love to hear what you think of the new site, so why not head over to the Reviews Page now and use the form to tell us what you think.


The New General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation came into force on 25 May 2018 and it gives you more control over how your personal information is used.
The Mandarin understands the trust you place in our business when you provide us with your personal information.

Our new Privacy Policy sets out our privacy promise to you.
You will find it contains:

  • The personal information we collect
  • How we use that personal information
  • How you can service your data protection rights
  • How you can contact us regarding any privacy matter

You can find this new Privacy Policy here or by clicking on Privacy Policy on the top menu

New Take-away Menu

Due to the increase of stocks and utilities prices and the increase of the national minimum wage, we have to increase the prices of our takeaway menu. We thank our customers for understanding the reasons for the takeaway price increase.

To view our take-away menu click here