Bed and breakfast version of the Pig to launch in Southampton

13 June 2012 by
Bed and breakfast version of the Pig to launch in Southampton

A bed and breakfast version of the Pig hotel, which was launched in the New Forest last year, will open in Southampton in September.

The 12-bedroom property, which is located within the old city walls opposite the De Vere Grand Harbour hotel, is currently being refurbished and will be called the Pig in the Wall.

Robin Hutson (pictured), the founder of the Pig, said the bed and breakfast venture was an "opportunistic one" and did not indicate an intention to open other similar properties. His plan is to open more Pig hotels along the lines of the original 26-bedroom property near Brockenhurst, Hampshire, with a kitchen garden providing the restaurant with daily-picked produce for its relaxed, simple menu.

The Pig in the Wall formerly housed the Latimer pub and was part of the property portfolio owned by chemical multimillionaire Jim Ratcliffe, along with Lime Wood, the five-AA-red-star hotel opened by Hutson in 2009, and Whitley Ridge, which was later transformed into the Pig. Today Lime Wood is owned solely by Ratcliffe, while the Pig and the Pig in the Wall is owned by Home Grown Hotels, whose shares are divided between Ratcliffe (50%), Hutson (25%) and a group of investors (25%).

"The bed and breakfast became feasible when we were able to purchase the adjacent property," Hutson said. "It really is an outpost of The Pig, from where the general manager, Lora Strizic, will oversee it."

Hutson is currently negotiating an agreement to buy a property in Dorset which will be transformed into a second full-scale Pig.

Robin Hutson launches country version of Hotel du Vin >>

Robin Hutson's latest project, the Pig >>

Angela Hartnett to join forces with Lime Wood for restaurant launch >>

By Janet Harmer

E-mail your comments to Janet Harmer here.

If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to jobs

Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with jobs

Blogs on ]( Catch up with more news and gossip on all Caterer's blogs
[E-Newsletters]([ For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our E-newsletters
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking