Q&A with Judy Hutson, Stylist of The Pig Hotels
If you haven't heard of The Pig hotels you are missing out. We were lucky that Robin & Judy Hutson opened the first Pig just down the road from us in the New Forest and since then their eclectic, rustic and ever so charming style has branched out to six locations with, happily, more on the way. We have been to all of them: for dinner, a holiday or just a couple of drinks and we always go back. Their friendly and relaxed atmosphere absorbs you in seconds and then the appreciation of the buildings, interiors and food begins. Each Pig is unique but there are similar values that are apparent throughout. The focus on locally sourced food, mostly from their idyllic and expertly managed kitchen gardens will keep you very satisfied at breakfast, lunch and dinner and is a staple of their ethos. And if you decide to stay, all the interiors, designed with a different "character" in mind will give you varying, yet very "Pig" vibes.
We love everything they do and their latest venture is to share their wealth of knowledge garnered over the past 8 years of running the hotels and restaurants in the form of a book, so we can all have a little slice of Pig lifestyle in our own homes. We are also lucky enough to count the two people behind the hotels amongst our lovely regulars instore. So we thought the launch of The Pig: Tales and recipes from the Kitchen Garden and beyond was a great excuse to sit down with their interior stylist Judy Hutson to find out how she feels about not only being a decorator with coveted style, but also a published author.