The Pig near Bath

Pensford, Somerset

There’s nothing bland about a Pigling. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

There’s nothing bland about a Pigling. ‘We had a great time,’ say Guide insiders after a 2019 visit to the third in Robin Hutson’s burgeoning litter. ‘They get the experience just right.’ Taking a lead from mother Pig in Brockenhurst (see entry), this Georgian manor house with deer park has been tarted down in the shabby-chic style that is somehow so ‘smart and classy’. Praise for the ‘sheer enthusiasm of the young, well-trained staff’. A ‘memorable meal’ brought ‘delicious grilled hispi cabbage’, heritage carrots with aïoli, from the ‘mostly picked this morning’ section, ‘gurnard and mussels, a chargrilled pork tomahawk – a massive but tender chop’. Wood-fired flatbreads on the terrace are an occasional summer treat. Breakfast brings ‘pastries, home-made granola, big jugs of the freshest juice, compotes and fruit galore, eggs to boil from the estate chickens’, many cooked dishes. All bedrooms have a monsoon shower; ‘comfy-luxe’ rooms have a freestanding bath, also. The two-storey Apple Store, a former shed in the kitchen garden (the heart of the operation) with wood-burning stove, monsoon shower and bath, is an absolute pippin. (Desmond and Jenny Balmer, LH and JF, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Hunstrete House
Pensford
Somerset
BS39 4NS
England

Telephone

01761 490490

Bedrooms

29. 5 in gardens, some on ground floor, 1 with wheelchair access and wet room.

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, snug, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, treatment room, kitchen garden, wild flower meadow, deer park, ground floor/garden areas wheelchair accessible.

Background music

all day in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed, except guide dogs.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

room £170–£340. Breakfast (continental) £12, (cooked) £16, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused weekends, Christmas/New Year.

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Comments about The Pig near Bath

Our bedroom was huge, more chic than shabby; excellent bathroom as usual. At the dinner we enjoyed the fish though portions were enormous. The home-grown vegetables were delicious. Breakfast is still outstanding. The public rooms have plenty of seating, always a pleasant buzz, excellent service. The staff remain the best element of the Pig group. A telling factor is the demographic of the guests; toddlers to golden oldies during our visit. - Desmond and Jenny Balmer - February 2020
How does The Pig manage to attract so many helpful, efficient and industrious staff? And they seemed to be enjoying their work. - Andrew Butterworth - January 2018
A beautiful building and fabulous kitchen garden. Large, comfortable bedrooms - not sure about the bath being in the bedroom, but I suppose this is how it has to be nowadays - but there was marmalade at breakfast ! Shabby chic style - which means quite expensive these days. The dining conservatory is like many modern places - noisy ! Stone floors, brick walls, wooden tables with old metal chairs. An atmosphere place. Rooms are expensive and breakfast is extra (£15); the food is reasonably priced by comparison. Very busy - trendy ! - Bill Wood - October 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide