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The Impeccable Pig, Sedgefield, Co. Durham
In the quiet, well-heeled village of Sedgefield, north of Darlington, with a village green and racecourse, this pleasant looking pub is a real surprise. Inside it reveals not only a very large and sassy bar and dining area but, in the courtyard behind, a collection of enormous, wildly over-the-top bedrooms that ooze seduction: velvet fabrics, ornate headboards, rich colours, copper baths and private hot tubs. Clearly, this is a place for romance, celebrations, date-nights and proposals - or just a fun night away. The restaurant serves up punchy bistro-style dishes while the bar has a handsome selection of wines - plenty of Champagnes - and local beers. There's a sun-trap patio, too, and a bit of a pig theme…
The village, with its pleasing mix of architectural styles, village green and handful of shops, makes for a pleasant wander before dinner.
The Impeccable Pig is located in the quiet village of Sedgefield a few miles east of the A1.
By car: The hotel is around 5 hours from London and 2 hours 30 mins from Manchester. Electric charging points are available in the car park.
By train: Trains serve either Durham or Middlesborough from London and Manchester. The hotel is then a 20-25 minute taxi ride away. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The Impeccable Pig is ideal for couples wanting to celebrate, have a romantic night away, park the children with the grandparents and have a night off - and who prefer fun to pretty flowers. The witty and whimsical decorative touches - portraits of pigs as snazzy gentlemen, vintage advertising posters, fake street lamps - are fun to spot.
Service & Facilities
Tuck yourself away with a cup of tea around the fire, or sit up at the bar and be entertained by the bar-tenders while doing a spot of people-watching.
- Hot tub/jaccuzi
- Free parking
- Electric hook up
- Free Wi-Fi
Each room has its individual high points, whether a mirrored ceiling, gold slipper bath or leopard-print carpet, but we love the beamed Pigs Might Fly room with its cloud wallpaper, midnight-blue colours, seven-foot bed and nickel-plated circular bath. The space in each room is huge, and just cries out for you to drift around in a bathrobe, cocktail in hand.
Premier Double, Premier Double with hot tub, Premier Suite with sauna & hot tub, Master Suites
Facilities include: Hypnos bed, freestanding bath and shower, Duck Island toiletries, bluetooth speakers, 55" TV with Sky Sports, Illy coffee maker, Taylors Tea, mini-bar, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Sunday lunch - wittily called Sunday Pig-Out - has a good range (including fish and vegetarian) with all the trimmings, is good value, and runs until early evening. The wine list is exceptional for a pub - around 12 Champagnes - and has a good spread of both popular and interesting, at decent prices.
The restaurant: modern European and British dishes, Sunday roasts, pizzas, steaks, vegan options, kids' menu. Open for dinner Mon-Thurs, and for lunch and dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Mains from £14.
The bar: wide range of local beers, fines wines and spirits. Open Mon-Thurs 3-10pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday noon-late.