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The Pig at Combe

I’ve been pretty quiet on here lately, life is busy busy busy!

I’ve just come back from a great weekend away in Devon for a family surprise get together.  Staying here, The Pig at Combe,  Amazing English architecture, and the best kitchen garden I’ve ever seen!

We booked this hotel months and months ago.  A special surprise birthday treat for my father in law, who knew nothing about it!

We stayed in a family room, 1 king size, and bunk beds for the kids in a different room – it was perfect.  Set in a little courtyard though the kitchen garden, I was so overwhelmed by the garden and the room, I completely forgot to take any pictures on the room baring the bath and the loo!

The roll top bath was amazing!

Explaining about a proper ‘loo’ flush to the kids was fun too, its so easy to forget they wouldn’t know.

We were there for 2 nights.  Luckily we’d phoned and the hotel were all set with the surprise, as other family members were flying in from Australia!!!!!  We’ve had to keep quiet for over a year!

We waited in the amazing garden, while the kids played on the swings (which I’m sure were for leisurely sitting with drinks, but ended up being used like park swings!)

Beautiful trees, and the most amazing view too!  Looking right over the valley you could see for miles and miles.

Can you see the horses on the top of the hill?

It was a glorious hot summers days when we arrived, so hot it was hottest day in June for 41 years!  The UK doesn’t really see hot days, and we really don’t know what to do during them either, other than moan about how warm we are!  I was very glad for my car air conditioning let me tell you!  34 degrees when you are packing makes you pack very different clothes than if its cooler, and you automatically forget to check the weather forecast and get completely caught out the next day ……. good old British weather and all that!

The hotel for the first night had organised a bar for us, all set up with drinks I’d asked for.  The blue one immediately decided he wanted to be the bar man, and set to work making G & T’s!


We then had a few nibbles to try, my word the crackling was out of this world.  The best crackling I think I have ever had!

There were scotch quail eggs, mini fish cakes, mini parma ham and cheese bites, tempura mushrooms (which were grown in the mushroom room), and radishes from the garden which had the perfect amount of spiciness to them!

These were just nibbles!

Dinner, we’d booked the Georgian Kitchen, private dining for 10 people.  The room was stunning, so many original features!  From the huge range cooker, to the ornate window, the stupidly high ceilings… it was perfect!


The bells too, the proper little servant bells that all old houses had.  They were just perfect!

The menu was lovely, lots of local produce, and most of the veg and salad grown in the kitchen garden!

I chose the walled salad.  The pecans were delicious, followed by the pollock.

Finishing with the Lemon posset, one of the prettiest deserts I’ve had (and so tasty I had it again the second night too!).

A great night of very rich tasty food, and lots of good company.

Day number 2, and we headed to Lyme Regis for some fossil hunting.

A great afternoon on a very different weather day to the one before!

We went back to the hotel, and walked around the garden, the raised beds were immaculate!  Growing anything from radish, beetroot, salad leaves, herbs.  Fruit cages with raspberries, gooseberries and redcurrants.


Cucumbers were planted out while we were there.

Cages to stop the birds getting to the cabbages and brassicas.


Glass houses with Chillies growing.



The mushroom house was a huge surprise.



Built inside an original brick building, with a viewing window, and then you venture down the stairs to a purpose built completely lined,  clean and humidity controlled room with large sacks just hanging ready to grow mushrooms.


Dinner the last night was in the restaurant where breakfast was served.  I should add breakfast was a table to help yourself, with yoghurt, cereal, pastries, granola and fruit.  Then toast and boiled eggs, again to help yourself too.  Or you could order off the menu for smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, full english, eggs benedict, kippers etc.  This room had a huge stags head on the wall, incredibly high ceilings and lots of cases of butterflies!

I went for the Tomahawk pork chop which was huge!  Triple cooked chips, and smoked onions to share, (rare steak for my husband).

I learnt 2 very valuable lessons.

One – sometimes your eyes are bigger than your stomach.

Two – if you put vinegar on chips in a flower pot…… it will come out the hole in the bottom!

A last few pictures, of the complete grandure of this hotel.  Antique portraits everywhere, in beautiful guilt frames.

Hunter wellies lined up for guests to use should they need to, with the British weather.

A wonderful few days spent at this lovely hotel who did everything they could for us.



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