HOTEL of the week
THE PIGAT BRIDGE
WHERE AND WHY The Pig hotels have just welcomed No6 to their litter, The Pig-at Bridge Place, just outside Canterbury.
The 17th century Grade II listed Jacobean gem is in keeping with the group’s philosophy of finding quirky buildings with a fun story.
Touches prevail throughout such as old posters promoting the property’s previous incarnation as a rock venue, the Bridge Place Country Club.
There are plenty of country house prerequisites too – roaring fires flanked by distressed leather sofas and an oxblood-red walled bar, so cosy, you won’t want to move.
The adorable two-roomed Potting Shed spa feels as if you’re in exactly that, with antique farming tools and terracotta pots on shelves, offering sublimely relaxing treatments using Bamford products.
Outside, a babbling brook and stupendous walled garden offers a glorious scene to dine alfresco. Inside are seven individually decorated rooms.
My favourite is Room Four, tucked up in the eaves, with its original four poster. An addition is the seven beautiful Hop Picker’s Huts, along a boardwalk made from reclaimed wood with wood burners and baths in the rooms – divine.
drawn up by the head gardener. What they don’t grow, they source from local suppliers – 80 per cent of produce travels less than 25 miles. Ditto with wine – Kent is now known as the Wine Garden of England.
Dinner is so delicious, asparagus, from the Isle of Thanet, just in season, £8, and fillet of day boat brill, £22 had me at first bite. The restaurant is decorated with antique French dressers laden with potted herbs and preserved fruit. Starters from £8, mains £18.
ON THE MENU The garden plays a pivotal role, with a weekly harvest list