If I need a cozy foodie stay away in England that is realistically priced, I think about one of The Pig hotels. Â Tucked away in The Mendip Hills seven miles from glorious Bath, this Pig is a perfectly restored pale golden Georgian house. Surrounded by a magnificent kitchen garden, smoke house, chicken pen and wildflower meadow with a neighbouring 80 strong herd of deer, the Pig team create a 'no fuss' warmth that is utterly charming. Â The Pig Hotels present themselves as 'restaurants with rooms' and the food is truly at the heart of the experience. Â The restaurant is a conservatory which is decorated to resemble a chic garden shed with 90% of it's ingredients sourced locally. Little pots with beautifully labelled delicate smelling herbs sit proudly on every table and the menu is imaginative and oh so fresh.. Â I particularly loved the 'literally picked this morning' salad and the 'ruby red beef'.
I stayed in the Big Comfy Lux rooms with huge soft beds and beautiful bathrooms. Â The generous larder in the room was a lovely surprise and all the smelly products in the bathrooms too. Â Perfect! Â I had a look at the Apple Store and The Hide rooms based in the kitchen garden arranged over two floors with a view of the deer and peace away from the house. Â That's a next time stay for something special. Â There is so much to do in the area with Bath, Wells, Bristol and Cheddar Gorge in driving distance but I must admit it's hard to drag yourself away. Â Comfy clothing and a good book and The Pig will provide everything else.........a deeply relaxing stay! Â It's a popular place so early booking is advised.