First look: Inside THE PIG's first Cotswolds pub with bedrooms

Ahead of the opening of THE PIG at Barnsley House this September 2024, SoGlos takes a look at how the hotel refurbishment could look, as its newest acquisition just across the road, The Village Pub, opens its doors along with six bedrooms this June 2024.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
THE PIG has taken over The Village Pub in Barnsley near Cirencester and given it a sympathetic restoration that's bursting with character. Images © Jake Eastham.

THE PIG hotel group is expanding its offering across the UK. From humble beginnings on the south coast, a host of new properties have caught the owners' eyes.

This September 2024, Barnsley House hotel, near Cirencester, is reopening as THE PIG.

It will be followed by another new hotel, just over the border in Stratford-upon-Avon at the end of the year and another in Tunbridge Wells opening in summer 2025, bringing its hotel tally up to 11.

The latest big reveal is The Village Pub in Barnsley, THE PIG's first ever pub.

Opening its doors this June 2024, THE PIG has worked its magic, giving the Grade II listed building a homely makeover with rich-hued walls, antique paintings and stylish vintage accessories.

It's also introduced a 'comfort food' style menu including a hearty Ploughman's, smoked haddock fish cake, alongside bangers and mash that's available every day of the week.

From Monday to Saturday diners can grab lunch from 12pm to 3pm and supper is served from 6pm to 9pm or 9.30pm on Saturday evenings. On Sundays from 12pm to 6pm there's also a Sunday roast with all of the classic trimmings.

The garden is full of fresh parasols and strings of lights, perfect for a summer pint or two.

It's an exciting time for the popular hotel group. 

Chairman and founder of THE PIG, Robin Hutson, is delighted to be in the Cotswolds. It's an area he doesn't know too well but he's enthusiastic about everything Gloucestershire offers, including the Gold Cup.

Asked about how it feels to get his hands on his first pub, Robin says he sees it as a natural extension of the hotel and he's delighted to have completed its makeover.

He visits antique fairs along with his wife to choose pieces to add plenty of character to the bedrooms and is proud of the cosy, luxurious spaces they have created.

His wife Judy added: ‘Everyone has their own idea of how a perfect pub should feel. In our case, this 18th-century building is a very good starting point.

'Low ceilings, huge oak beams and multiple fireplaces all feature, together with cosy bedrooms. 

'Just being in the space automatically strikes a Dickensian tavern chord and the strong moody colour palette I have chosen only emphasises this.'

Rooms start from £215 for bed and breakfast. The Village Pub is open every day from noon until 11pm. 

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