HO­TEL of the week

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Travel -

THE PIGAT BRIDGE

PLACE, CAN­TER­BURY

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

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