While Kent has a lot of hotels, it didn’t have a luxury country retreat until now, thanks to the recent opening of The Pig at Bridge Place, near Canterbury. The Pig has become reknown for its restaurant with rooms ethos, placing the kitchen garden at the heart of its food, and what they can’t grow or rear themselves, they source from the local area, everything on its menu comes from within 25-miles.
If the food wasn’t a big enough draw, the quaint red-bricked country house with its period features, from large fireplaces to secret stairways, and panelled rooms will do it, as will its proximity to London, the village of Bridge is just outside Canterbury, which is just 56 minutes by train from central London, which makes it the perfect country getaway.
Lunch at The Coach House at The Pig at Bridge Place
The Pig’s concept is simple food done well, with a commitment to home-grown and local produce, so expect hearty meals from fish to meat, including fish stew, slow roast ham, and sirloin beef, with ‘Garden’ touches. For vegetarians, try the caramelised cauliflower risotto or mushrooms on toast, and don’t forget about the sides, the roasted beetroot and truffled courgettes.
As I went for lunch, I decided to try the End Of The Season Tomato Soup, on recommendation of our waitress, who was very knowledgeable about the menu, and it was a great choice, the tastiest tomato soup I’ve ever had, and it came it with delicious homemade herb croutons.
In all honesty, the soup would have been plenty, but I also couldn’t resist a side of their thrice cooked chips, and it was the best decision ever. Once a Northern, always a Northern, I just couldn’t resist dipping my chips into my soup. Haha it was hilarious, but with the relaxed atmosphere at The Coach, with its open-kitchen set-up, it really didn’t look that out of place.
I didn’t think I was going to have desert, it was lunch after all, but then I saw apple and blackberry crumble and custard on the menu, and I had to have it, and I’m glad I did it was traditional and so yummy.
I will definately be going back.