Queen of the litter
In its Grade I-listed Elizabethan manor house setting, THE PIG-at Combe has turned the traditional layout of a country hotel on its head.
Nothing says ‘let the good times roll’ like sashaying into a swanky cocktail bar, and this Devon hotel provides a buzzing welcome. The historic entrance has been transformed into a wood-panelled drinking lounge – all chandeliers, candelabras and shelves of glasses catching the light from mullioned windows.
It’s the grandest PIG in the litter of hotels, a gorgeous honey-coloured manor set in 3,500 acres of lush countryside near Honiton. The bucolic setting includes a rustic folly, walled kitchen gardens and a couple of Saddlebacks. Inside is signature PIG: relaxed glamour with quirky details.
A pre-dinner kitchen-garden tipple is best enjoyed on a sofa by the fire before dining in the restaurant set with coloured glass and vintage crockery.
Menus couldn’t be simpler or more seasonal and, with three walled gardens to source from, chef Daniel Gavriilidis is spoilt for fresh pickings and zero-mile produce.
Other ingredients are from within a 25- mile radius – the south Devon coast is in casting distance and the hotel surrounded by acres of farm land.
Private parties can snout out a wood-oven feast in The Folly, enjoy supper in the Georgian Kitchen or experience a candlelit dinner at the sommelier’s table in The Cellar.