Last week I was kindly invited to stay at the newly renovated Hog Hotel in Pakefield. As a complete Instagram addict, I’d been following the hotel’s progress on the app since the beginning. The branding and trend-led décor piqued my interest, so I was over the moon when they invited me to come along for a review.
The hotel is easy to find on your way into Lowestoft. Before it was bought by new owners Nathan, Sally and Cathy, it was called the Fisher’s Hotel and I’d driven past it many times before.
I pulled into the large car park and headed inside, excited for a peaceful night away. I was greeted by the lovely Cathy at reception (which features a stunning gallery wall) who showed me around the hotel. The interior design of the whole hotel has obviously been very well thought out, with soft colour palettes and luxurious materials.
Cathy opened the door to my room and a very inviting bed was there waiting for me, carefully arranged with plush cushions and a blanket. The room featured a coffee machine (very nice!), tea-pigs teas and milk in the fridge. There were branded refillable water bottles and fluffy white robes and towels.
I love a hotel room with a bath, don’t you? Well, this one had a bath with a rainforest shower over the top with delicious smelling toiletries. The classic white subway tiles and chic geometric flooring created a very stylish bathroom ready for rejuvenating in the tub.
The smart TV was set in front of the bed so that you could lounge in comfort with your favourite Netflix series on. I relaxed for an hour or so in my room before heading down to dinner.
The hotel has a bar and restaurant that can be visited by non-guests as well as those staying. You can opt for the Taste menu which focuses on a different country or theme each month, or you can try the Toasted menu full of classic bar dishes.
I tried the Taste menu, which was Greek themed during my stay. You can either have 4 courses for £39.50 or 5 courses for £45.
To begin I had the spinach and feta filo parcels. They were deliciously crumbly with a warm, melt-in-the-mouth filling.
I then had the hummus and tzatziki dip with homemade flatbread and Greek salad. The dips were lovely – hummus is always a winner for me (typical millennial right here!). The salad was so fresh, with olives, feta, tomatoes and a zesty dressing.
For main course I chose the fried red mullet. I love seafood and this piece of fish was cooked perfectly. It was served with spring onions, shallots, garlic, lemon and grilled veggies.
My waitress for the evening suggested I try the Halva pudding for dessert, saying that it was delicious. And she was right! I’d never tried anything similar before. It was a spiced semolina pudding with almonds, served with Greek yoghurt and honey. It was sweet, but not overly so, with a freshness added from the yoghurt. I would definitely order it again!
After dinner I headed back up to my room to watch Netflix and enjoy some much needed rest.
In the morning I didn’t want to get out of that big, cosy bed! But, breakfast did tempt me. There were lots of options on to choose from, including pastries, fruit and cereal.
I went for the full Hog breakfast – you could choose which options you’d like so I went for the halloumi, vegan sausage, bacon, hash browns, spinach and mushrooms. I’m one of those annoying people that likes veggie and vegan sausages rather than meat, so it was really nice that I could pick and choose rather than having to have a full meat or full veggie breakfast.
After a decadent long breakfast (I normally start my day with peppermint tea before rushing out the door, so this was a lovely treat!), I reluctantly went to pack my bags to head home.
While I was staying the hotel was very popular with young families and I can completely see why. The hotel is just a five minute walk from Pakefield beach, and Southwold is about a 20 minute drive away. Africa Alive zoo is just on the doorstep, as are the amusement arcades along Lowestoft beach.
This stylish staycation spot is one that all members of the family can enjoy, and couples can return for a romantic break too.
A huge thank you to all the staff at The Hog Hotel who made me feel so welcome during my stay – I’ll be back soon to try another one of your amazing Taste menus!
Disclaimer: This was not a sponsored post. I was invited to the The Hog Hotel to review but did not receive payment for my blog post.
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