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The Pig & Sty

Muddy says: Oink Oink, listen up – The Pig & Sty, part of the Elite Pub chain that includes The Potting Shed in Langley, has just opened its doors and is ready for you greedy little piglets.

Set in the pretty village of Bethersden, eight miles from Ashford, The Pig & Sty is located in the heart of the Kent countryside and is part of the Elite Pub group that includes The Potting Shed in Langley, but this is no chain pub, no sirrreee.

It’s obvious that the team here know their stuff and have cleverly crafted a space that feels like a local boozer, within the beautiful Grade II listed public house with traditional fireplaces that you step into upon arrival, which then breaks out into a huge conservatory area.

The Pig theme is conducted nicely throughout with ‘pig pictures’, painted by a local  artist, etched onto the walls which is MUCH prettier than it sounds alongside funky seating, exposed brickwork and Dering windows which looks out onto a huge garden space and fields beyond. Food theatre and alluring smells greet you as soon as you step into the dining area with an artisan wood-fire pizza oven serving steaming hot sourdough pizzas.

Will Freeman is at the helm here, chef wise, having come from one of Elite’s other establishments in Kent, The Dirty Habit, and before that, he was at one of Muddy favourites, The Beacon in Tunbridge Wells so you are in safe hands.

You can tell that a lot of time has been invested in crafting a menu that will cover most palates and all ages. Elderly relation in tow? No problem. They can head towards the traditional fish & chips with mushy peas? Snobby foodie with you? No bother – they could go for the Rye bay stone bass with Kentish new potato, cavalo nero, samphire & brown shrimp butter sauce. Or is there a sulky teen in your midst? Well they can enjoy a sourdough pizza from its artisan wood fired oven. From the crazy toppings (The Pig on Fire – spicy Nduja, piri piri chicken, roquito pepper, mozzarella, thyme) to the all-time favourite classics, there is sure to be something there to put a smile on their face.

Kids are hugely welcomed  and catered for (from the outdoor playground to the menus which includes options for toddlers and older children) plus they do takeaway pizza too for the ultimate parenting hack – take dinner with you on your way home. Kids aside, this is also a buzzy and fun place to go with girlfriends or a large group of adults particularly in the summer when the outdoor bar and garden comes fully into play.

Have we tempted you yet to put your trotters in the trough?

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