*Big PIG News*
THE PIG-in the South Downs opens its doors on Monday 6th September.
After a very busy launch day of bookings, midweek stays at THE PIG-in the South Downs are now available from October onwards, and weekend stays are available from December onwards.
We have kept this one up our sleeve for quite some time… so we are now very excited to share with you that THE PIG-in the South Downs, near Arundel in West Sussex, will be finally opening its doors on Monday 6th September!
Set within the small hamlet of Madehurst, high up on the South Downs, it is just 4 miles from the beautiful, ancient market town of Arundel with its medieval Castle and meandering streets, and a stone's throw away from historic Petworth, the yachting playground of Chichester, with no shortage of independent shops, antique galleries, and delicious watering holes and the vibrant and buzzy scene of Brighton.
Although only 48 miles from London this tranquil, unspoilt corner of West Sussex is within the South Downs National Park and is made up of open rolling hills, chalky downlands and scattered rural villages – amazing for walking and cycling, but is also just 20 minutes away from over 50 miles of coastline where you can explore charming nostalgic seaside towns, the sandy beaches of West Wittering, Easthead, East Wittering, Climping, and Littlehampton, plus many natural harbours as well as hot spots for taking to the water like Bosham - perfect if sailing, paddleboarding, cold water swimming, or sea-diving are your thing!
This Restaurant with Rooms is made up of a Regency main house with a traditional greenhouse restaurant, and rooms spread out between a higgledy piggledy collection of traditional brick, flint and timber clad Sussex stable yard buildings, which, together with Field and Garden Wagons, provide a real range and variety of accommodation - all have been lovingly restored and nestle together around original courtyards - the feel is intimate, safe, and friendly.
Bedrooms are classically PIG; rich, cosy and indulgent fabrics, reclaimed textures and wood, roll-top baths, locally-stocked larders and each one totally unique. Just a short stroll from the main house our bespoke romantic Garden Wagons and Field Wagons have been designed using traditional craft methods but are kitted out with all the mod-cons (log burners, double ended freestanding baths, monsoon showers – you name it they’ve got it) – tucked away either in the walled garden or in the long grass of our fields, they are secluded, private and completely perfect for an escape for 2.
The mature walled Kitchen Garden is almost 2 acres, certainly one of our biggest, and the gardening team have already been planting, experimenting and unearthing what history it holds – including an orchard of old English apple trees, fruit cages and espaliers that are over 50 years old, as well as two existing Victorian glasshouses that are the walkway to our Potting Shed Treatment Rooms.
Our flock of South Downs sheep are already grazing the pastures and in a first for THE PIG, 4000 vines of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier have been planted to create our very own small but perfectly formed Sussex vineyard that will be in full view of the restaurant – we are hoping for our first harvest in 2022.
With picture postcard arable farmland, the iconic chalk of the South Downs, sweeping woods and forests and miles of coastline, we are seriously lucky to have a diverse range of producers and suppliers right there that we will be working with to create our 25-mile menu – so get ready to tuck in later this year!
A peek into THE PIG...
We're on the hunt for PIG People
We are on the lookout for some top talent to join our PIG people at THE PIG-in the South Downs! From Sommeliers to Front of House, Chefs to Spa Therapists, if you or someone you know is passionate about providing great hospitality, celebrating local food and doing the little things brilliantly, we want to meet you! We are holding a recruitment open day at Arundel Town Hall on Monday 7th June, 10am – 3pm - if you would like to swing by to learn more about working with us, or just to say hello, we would love to see you there. Alternatively please drop us an email to find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all West Sussex Suppliers
We're on the hunt for top-quality local suppliers and producers around West Sussex for our newest PIG on the block, THE PIG-in the South Downs. If this sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you!
South Downs, West Sussex
THE PIG-in the South Downs
Arundel (10 min drive) and Amberly (9 min drive) Train Stations are just on the doorstep, both served by Southern Rail with direct routes from London.
London Victoria to Amberley or Arundel – Get to Amberley 1hr 20 mins and Arundel in 1hr 23mins.
London Bridge to Arundel – 1hr 23mins.
London Blackfriars to Arundel –1hr 35 mins
You can also reach us easily from several major spots including 58 mins from Brighton, 22 mins from Bognor Regis, 10 mins from Barnham (London main line) and 20 mins from Chichester.
THE PIG-in the South Downs is around 26 miles from London Gatwick Airport, with rail connections to Barham.