Finding ourselves with a last minute gap in the calendar, we decided to book in to The Pig At Combe for a one night staycation. We were last at The Pig for a Sunday roast with our great friends Harriet and Tom, so were keen to experience a stay there.
We had found a great last minute rate for their Big Comfy Room Category for just £189 for the night with a four poster bed and freestanding bath tub under the window. With Pepi packed off to my parents house (The Pig sadly isn’t dog friendly) we set off into the cold autumn afternoon.
As the weather started to creep in down the valley, we hurried through the huge heavy door. Directly into the delicious warmth from the open fire in the bar. After checking in and having a quick tour around the communal rooms, we were lead to our room for the night.
A huge room with a beautiful bay window and bath nestled under it. The Samsung TV was disguised as a mirror on the wall to remain in keeping with the rest of the room. A large marble fireplace adorns one wall. With a luxurious velvet sofa and footstool positioned at the end of the bed to look out over the view. All lit by two stunning gold chandeliers.
The bathroom is relatively humble in comparison to the room. A small room with beautiful white and gold accents and paneling. Containing an elaborate toilet, beautiful shower and sink, all with taps and accessories from Aston Matthews.
We had booked in to the restaurant for 8.15, so took ourselves off to the bar area for cocktails, before it was time to change for supper. With the fire roaring and stoked with new logs, I sipped at my Espresso Martini (top 5, really good!). While he sipped his Barrel Aged Old Fashioned.
Other guests wandered in and out of the room. Some stopped at the sofas to read books, others ordered bottles of wine before dinner, all while the rain and wind hammered the windows of the Elizabethan Building.
The Library and reception rooms told a similar story, with family, couples and girlfriends gathered over drinks. The Pig operates a table service in all of these rooms. So there’s always space for guests and visitors to sit and cosy up by the fire.
Changed for dinner, we took our seats in the restaurant and started with a drink. A local Devon sparkling rosé for me and a glass of Negroamaro red wine for Ben.
The bread at The Pig is always incredible. Sour dough white and brown, thickly cut and served with either butter or rosemary oil and their special salt. The food was a bit of a mixed bag this time around. I had South Coast Octopus with Apple, Taragon and Pork Sauce. There were tiny bits of crackling in the sauce. But overall it was a little too salty as a dish and I thought the sauce overshadowed the taste of the octopus. Ben had the Farm Lamb Haggis with Caramelised Onions and Cauliflower Puree which was delicious.
We ordered another glass each to accompany our mains. Loin of Venison with mushrooms and pork & sage stuffing for me and rack of lamb for Ben. Both were really tasty.
Feeling totally content, we skipped pudding and took ourselves back to our room. An early night was had, doing face masks and watching Grand Designs.
Morning rolled around with an autumn stereotype. Mist filled the valley, smoke drifted upwards from far away chimneys and the pheasants scratched around on the frosty grass. Ben made me a cup of tea and I sipped it while he ran me a bath.
We had the laziest morning lounging in the bath and relaxing in the room. Before bundling up, checking out and having a walk in the grounds. We’ll definitely be back at The Pig a lot in future. Especially to curl up by the fire in winter, with a cocktail (or two!)