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Former County Durham pub to open as restaurant with bedrooms

A new luxurious new restaurant with rooms will welcome its first diners following the transformation of a former pub.

The first stage of The Impeccable Pig will open its doors tomorrow (28 Sept) at Sedgefield, County Durham, offering bistro-style food and fine wines in a friendly but stylish environment.

The restaurant is the latest addition to the Ramside Estates portfolio and comes after the company purchased the Grade II-listed building, which was formerly known as the Hope Inn.

Now, with talented chef Chris Finnigan at the helm, The Impeccable Pig will offer an extensive menu, with food available seven days a week.

Finnigan has years of experience, having served an apprenticeship at Le Manoir under culinary legend Raymond Blanc and worked in several other Michelin-starred restaurants.

The restaurant will offer bistro style food, perfect for a casual lunch or dinner or for a special occasion or celebration.

Meat-lovers can get their teeth into josper-cooked steaks, all from cattle sourced locally from grass farms in and around the Durham area and aged for 28 days.

Other dishes will include lobster thermidor, grilled halibut, herb-buttered new potatoes, chunky tartar, chicken Parmigiano and there are also a number of vegetarian and vegan alternatives.

Sharing platters, pizzas, sandwiches and daily specials will also be available, along with a ‘piglets’ menu for children and a Sunday lunch option.

Private dining is also possible in a new mezzanine room which can seat up to 18 guests around a unique feature dining table.

The restaurant is also hoping to make its name through its extensive wine list, with more than 170 different wines, which includes Most Impeccable - a selection from well-known and much-loved producers – and Curious Creatures, a collection of unusual grape varieties which are likely to be less well known.

The restaurant will also offer a range of French beers and ciders and a large choice of spirits including 20 different gins and 10 tonics, more than 25 whiskies and a selection of local, real ales.

And for guests who want to make a night of it, The Impeccable Pig will house 10 individually styled rooms, which are on course to open mid-October.

General Manager Pierre Bertolotti believes The Impeccable Pig will be a huge asset to the area. “We can’t wait to show the first stage of this amazing transformation with the opening of the restaurant,” he said.

“We believe it will fast become the go-to place for the whole area and that everyone will be impressed with not only the look of the pub and restaurant, but also by the fantastic food we are going to offer.”

The Impeccable Pig is serving food daily from noon. A Sunday lunch menu is also available each week from noon-8pm, priced at £19 for two or £22 for three courses.