Pig hotels finds eleventh site

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The UK's Pig Hotel group has picked up two further properties for its portfolio, as it seeks to expand its offering of food-led venues of restaurants with rooms.

The latest additions to the chain are in Barnsley, a village in the Cotswolds close to Cirencester. The company has acquired the 17th century Barnsley House hotel, and with it the village pub the Boot – this being a first for the brand.

The aim is for Pig to relaunch the Barnsley House and its pub in summer 2024, fitting the additions into a pipeline that already includes The Pig on the Farm in Stratford on Avon, planned to open in late 2024, plus the Pig at Groombridge in Tunbridge Wells, scheduled to launch in summer 2025.

Barnsley House the latest addition

The Barnsley House, which has a spa and 18 rooms and suites, already has a strong local reputation. In common with many Pig venues – of which there are currently eight open – it features a strong restaurant offering, with a strong focus on local ingredients. Many Pig properties have a kitchen garden to ensure quality and local provenance.

Pig chairman Robin Hutson said of the Barnsley House: “It has been in my peripheral vision for many years as a possible acquisition, always thinking it would make a perfect ‘Pig’ and we are very excited to have our first pub too.”

The Pig is now on a path to accelerated growth, having seen a significant 2022 investment from US-based private equity investor KSL Capital Partners. The group has a strong track record investing in hospitality, currently backing the Village Hotels business in the UK, and previously supporting the growth of the Hotel du Vin and Malmaison businesses.