The Pig Hotel | near Bath
Despite their frustrating no-dogs policy, we are big fans of The Pig group of hotels. Their five hotels share the same relaxed anti-chain feel and each feels more like a lived-in country home than a smart hotel. The Pig near Bath feels timeless, personal and pleasingly underdone with lots of small rooms stuffed with oversized chesterfields and mohair velvet sofas, and open fires in every public room.
The restaurant is in a conservatory and is decorated to be completely in tune with the hotel’s ethos of serving home-grown and locally sourced food. The rustic garden furniture, wonky chairs and ancient oak tables decorated with terracotta pots filled with edible plants add to the charm and one really has the delightful feeling of dining in a glamorous potting shed.
The food is excellent, especially the breakfast which is made up from tables straining with an abundance of homemade granolas, pastries, delicious yoghurt, Godminster cheddar, delicious homemade bread and boiled eggs. A cooked breakfast here seems entirely unnecessary.
Even in the winter there is a strange blurring of boundaries at the Pig between the indoors and the outdoors and it’s easy to find oneself spending as much time wandering the grounds as sitting in front of the fire. Much of the hotel’s food is grown in the famed kitchen garden and it’s rather nice to take a pre-dinner walk along the rows of chic rhubarb cloches and past the old fashioned greenhouses and try to see what you might be eating for dinner.
The countryside around the Pig is really pretty. Undulating hills, fords, woodland and sweet little country lanes make it a very lovely place to take a walk to clear some room to be able to ingest more of the Pig’s wonderful food. We recommend heading for the very nice Compton Inn in Compton Dando where you can rest after your walk with glasses of cider and packets of salt and vinegar crisps until you can summon up the energy to walk back to the hotel for afternoon tea.
The Pig near Bath
Hunstrete, Pensford, Near Bath, BS39 4NS
The Compton Inn
Court Hill, Compton Dando, near Bristol BS39 4JZ