Of pubs and pigs

Two very different hospitality businesses which share rustic-posh design values, a promise of locally sourced produce and a passion for the porcine are making their first forays into pub ownership.

In the Cotswolds, the shabby-chic Pig hotel group founded by Robin Hutson will next month open The Village Pub in Barnsley, outside Cirencester, in the first phase of a double opening following its acquisition of Barnsley House boutique hotel, a 17th-century property with an Arts & Crafts garden.

Formerly known as The Boot, it is the first pub from a group with eight hotels that it bills as ‘restaurants-with-rooms’. Occupying historic buildings decorated in bohemian style with an emphasis on comfort, they grow much of their produce on-site in kitchen gardens and source other ingredients from within 30 miles.

The Village Pub has six bedrooms, and will operate on the same locally sourced principles although the food will be more “pub-style”. It opens on Friday 14 June.

Meanwhile in London, the three Gladwin brothers – Richard, Oliver and Gregory – have taken over the Chelsea Pig pub in Old Church Street, adding it to their ‘Local & Wild’ stable of restaurants supplied by the family farm in West Sussex.

They have tweaked the name of the pub, returning it to one of its former incarnations as the Pig’s Ear. The grand corner venue dating from 1892 underwent a glossy and very expensive renovation as recently as 2021 as part of the furniture and lifestyle brand founded by Timothy Oulton. He died in 2022, and the pub closed down last year.

The Gladwins opened their first Chelsea restaurant Rabbit 10 years ago a few hundred yards up the King’s Road, following their debut with The Shed in Notting Hill in 2012. They now have five venues across London, although earlier this year they suffered their first apparent setback with the closure of the Fat Badger in Richmond.

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