The Sunday Times has crowned The Pig on the beach as Hotel of the Year, in its list of Ultimate 100 British Hotels published on September 14.
The 23-bedroom hotel in Dorset, which only opened in June this year, has been awarded the title within just four months of its launch.
Steve Bleach, editor of the Sunday Times Travel section and one of the judges, said: “I didn’t want to make the Pig on the beach our hotel of the year – it has been the talk of the London dinner-party set and our choices are about substance not hype – believe the hype: The Pig on the beach is brilliant."
The Pig on the beach is part of Home Grown Hotels, chaired by one of the country’s most innovative boutique hoteliers, Robin Hutson.
With its yellow Victorian exterior and higgledy-piggledy interior, The Pig on the beach is based right on the Dorset coast, with each of its 23 bedrooms looking out to the sea. The restaurant serves dishes with locally-sourced ingredients and is also home to its own kitchen garden. General manager Lora Strizic has worked tirelessly to encourage staff to deliver excellent service in a laid-back style and her hard work has paid off.
Robin Hutson, chairman of Home Grown Hotels, The Pigs’ holding company said: "This is wonderful recognition for everyone involved in putting this project together and for hotel director Lora Strizic and her fantastic young team, we could not be more thrilled. I believe this is one of the very best coastal sites in the UK and we have been overwhelmed by the response to this latest Pig.”