Relaxing by an open fire with cocktails and a cheese board, nursing a hangover (hair of the dog!) is definitely my idea of a pretty perfect Sunday afternoon. We arrived at The Pig near Bath mid-afernoon on Sunday and quickly settled in-front of the crackling fire in one of the three sumptuous lounges.
The Dosey Doe cocktail, photo from my Instagram
The past month or so has been quite busy so to have a Sunday night away in a hotel felt like a huge luxury. Coupled with the fact that we were staying in the latest sister hotel of one our favourite places, The Pig was hugely exciting.
The Pig’s truly rural location is the perfect country getaway with rolling countryside, wellington boots by the door and roaring fires. The break had been planned for a good few months so we were lucky to get a room within it’s first week of opening.
We decided that whilst without children and within the relaxing environment of the hotel we would simply do…nothing. A luxury often craved but seldom achieved. Attentive staff and opulent velvet sofas made this task very easy.
We were soon greeted by the manager, Tom and talked at length with him about the hotel and how his first few days of opening have been. He proudly cites one happy guest who described the interior design as something they would like to achieve in their own home. And that’s exactly how you feel when you’re there. They want you to feel at home, feel comfortable and while you’re staying there, treat it like you live there.
The Apple Store is a two-storey lodge with log-burning fire and sleeping area downstairs.
The entire first floor is home to the bathroom complete with super-large monsoon shower and roll top bath over looking the kitchen garden upstairs.
Once in the room we order a bottle of fizz that is (very) promptly delivered to our room. It’s just one of those places where anything goes and nothing is too much trouble.
Nestled on the edge of the walled garden are two Potting Sheds where you can choose from a capsule collection of massage and facial treatments…maybe next time.
After a quick change we head over to the restaurant for dinner. If you’ve eaten at any of The Pig restaurants before you’ll know how unique the experience is. The Head Chef, James Golding along with his forager and kitchen gardener produce “uncomplicated, British garden food”. All the ingredients in each and every dish are grown in the kitchen garden and extensive vegetable and fruit patches. If it’s not, then it’s sourced within a 25mile radius of the hotel.
It was too dark to take any good quality photos of what we ate and sometimes it’s nice to just eat and enjoy! But you can take a look at a sample menu here.
The atmosphere is informal and friendly and the waiting staff attentive but not intrusive. We soon made friends with our waiter Ben who speaks with passion and genuine enthusiasm about his profession and treats us to a dessert wine each. We’re feeling pretty special at this point. After dinner our new found friend shows us around the impressive private dining rooms and we start thinking it’s the perfect location for JT’s impending 40th birthday.
On Monday morning we both had commitments and had to head off fairly early but not before sampling the breakfast – always one of my favourite parts of any hotel stay. No matter how hungry I am, I always have to try everything. The breakfast at The Pig, along with everything else, did not disappoint. Delicious Eggs Benedict for me followed by spiced apple compote and natural yogurt.
Our bags are brought to the front door and we bid farewell but can’t wait for the next excuse to get back.
This is not a sponsored post, just all out love for The Pig.
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