THE PIG at Bridge Place

Location Bridge

Postcode CT4 5LF

Telephone 0345 225 9494


Why we love it...

Mellow mansion, lush valley

The Place

The sixth of THE PIG hotels group opened at Bridge, near Canterbury, in April 2019. Like the others, it presents itself as ‘Rooms and kitchen garden food’ but this only scratches the surface of the concept: a laid-back, shabby-chic lifestyle experience at what are intended to be affordable prices.

The mellow brickwork exterior of the 1630s mansion in a lush valley prepares you for a ‘period’ interior – oil paintings, creaky floorboards, panelling, antique furniture, massive fireplaces – which is anything but formulaic thanks to the design flair of Judy Hutson, who has created an ambience that’s traditional yet unpredictably stylish, full of unique personal touches and dark yet rich colours. There is a bar, five small sitting rooms and seven bedrooms in this old part.

Adjoining is a convincing new wing, built from mellow reclaimed brick to mirror the old part, which contains the dining room adorned like the other PIGs with signature pots of herbs sitting on wooden crates. Artfully battered distressed-paint dressers display rows of jars with colourful pickled vegetables; the bustling kitchen is open to view behind a counter. Food is typical PIG fare but with local twists, all sourced from the hotel’s huge kitchen garden or from within 25km; English wine from seven Kent growers dominates the wine list.

There are 12 bedrooms in the new wing, and along a walkway seven cosy timber ‘Hop picker’s cabins’.

It’s a serious tribute to Robin and Judy Hutson, who design and realize each PIG, that although they have a common theme, they are not formulaic but individual places to stay, stamped everywhere with charming touches that make guests feel relaxed yet sophisticated, in tune with their surroundings.

This new PIG is especially good news for those who need to catch an early Channel ferry or Eurotunnel shuttle, or who want to end their trip to the continent with a last night treat after crossing from France. The tunnel terminal is 50 minutes away.

The other PIGs are PIG at Brokenhurst (Hampshire), THE PIG in the wall (Southampton), THE PIG near Bath (Somerset) THE PIG on the beach (Dorset) and THE PIG at Combe (Oxfordshire), THE PIG on the Downs (South Downs), and THE PIG at Harlyn Bay (Cornwall).

The Essentials

Price Band £££
Rooms 29; 2 small doubles; 2 snug doubles; 2 comfy doubles; The Barn which includes a double bedroom and downstairs lounge; 2 large lodges, 2 luxury main house rooms, 2 hideaway rooms with super-king-sized beds, 7 Hop Pickers' Huts with double beds
Food Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Facilities Restaurant, bar, kitchen garden, sitting rooms, potting shed treatments, gardens, study, terrace
Children Welcome
Accessibility Restaurant and grounds are wheelchair accessible, but main house is not
Pets Not accepted

To Book

Contact Reservations
Call 0345 225 9494

Good To Know

Address Bourne Park Road, Bridge CT4 5LF

The Location

Find this place: Nestled in the trees off of Bourne Park Road, just outside Bridge, surrounded by the Kentish countryside

What's nearby: St Peter's Church (0.2m), Bridge Tennis Club (0.4m), St Augustine's Abbey (3.2m), Canterbury Cathedral (3.3m),Canterbury Roman Museum (3.4m), Canterbury Golf Club and Driving Range (3.5m), The Marlowe theatre (5.7m).

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