The Pig near Bath

Pensford, Somerset

Everything proved to be hog heaven for Guide trusties on a winter weekend break at this Georgian country house in its own deer park. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Everything proved to be hog heaven for Guide trusties on a winter weekend break at this Georgian country house in its own deer park. The Pigs are part of Robin Hutson’s Home Grown group (see index), of which ‘the enthusiastic staff remain the best element’, says our aficionado. Interiors are in the signature style of dog-eared opulence, with bare floorboards and chandeliers, good antiques and distressed, faded, pre-loved finds. ‘Snug’ and ‘comfy’ rooms in the main house and coach house have a monsoon shower; trade up to ‘comfy luxe’ for a freestanding bath, or to ‘big comfy luxe’ for a four-poster. Most unusual is the two-storey Hide, within the largest of the Pigs’ kitchen gardens, and with a wood-burning stove. Public rooms have ‘plenty of seating areas’ and ‘a pleasant buzz’. Home-grown, foraged and local ingredients feature on the 25-mile menus in the conservatory, in dishes such as wild garlic pappardelle, whole roasted chicken to share, wild garlic potatoes; roasted plaice, trombone spinach and chicken butter sauce. ‘Breakfast is outstanding’, with ‘freshly squeezed juices’, new-laid eggs from the hens. (D and JB)

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, 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, no charge for extra beds.

Dogs

only guide dogs.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

room-only doubles £170–£359. 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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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.