The Pheasant Inn

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499 reviews
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£25 and under
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You’ll find great food and drink, stylish surroundings and friendly company at The Pheasant Freehouse and Hotel. Bordering the village of Shefford Woodlands and overlooking Berkshire’s famed Valley of the Racehorse, our Inn has a hospitality pedigree that stretches back 450 years, to when it first sheltered drovers herding livestock from Wales to London. Today, the newly refurbished pub and its 11 en-suite guest rooms offer an adventurous drinks menu, flavoursome modern British cooking and luxurious accommodation with outstanding value and a warm, relaxed welcome. Our approach to food is all about bringing together the best ingredients, simply and deliciously. Rooted in classic modern British cooking, our regularly changing menu showcases the freshest meat and fish and finest artisan products from around the country, while our diverse daily specials let us put local and seasonal ingredients centre stage.
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SB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Tasty food. Friendly atmosphere. Good gluten free menu & vegan menu.

BJ
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal all rpund.

M
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I like the fact that this place still functions as a pub as well as a restaurant.

Food is unfussy but well done and service, from a young and friendly staff is beyond reproach- not the cheapest but worth it!

A good cheerful atmosphere completes the picture - I’ll definitely be back.

N
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, beautifully cooked. All 3 courses. Can see why it was popular on the night we went. Will definitely be back.

SK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent, the staff were polite and efficient. The food was also excellent. Nearly every restaurant has fish and chips on their menu so this meal is a good guide to how good the food is in a particular establishment. My partner who chose this from the menu said it was delightful. I chose the mushroom wellington and I didn’t really know what to expect. It was fabulous! Both meals were also beautifully presented.
A lovely experience, thank you!

AB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's several years since I last visited the Pheasant. There have been a few changes. The Service, food and friendliness of the staff was second to none. Although I no longer live in the area, I have already recommended it to those who do.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, good food

a
Gloucestershire
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went for a Birthday celebration and were looked after well. Excellent nibbles and they had a decent vegan menu too. Worth driving to for sure!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We booked an offer of premium room, dinner and breakfast for one night on 6 Feb 2020. The pub and hotel room were superb. The food, which was dinner and breakfast was lovely.
The only dampener was that we were charged a supplement of £25 to cover food items we ordered on the menu at dinner. This was not pointed out to us when we ordered and there was no mention of any supplements on the menu. We thought this unfair but paid it. Otherwise we had an excellent stay.

JW
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience with excellent service. Ambient noise was fairly high but the restaurant was very busy.

R
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite place to come for lunch. Delicious, original food, warm welcome from friendly staff, incredibly convenient location, lovely decor and atmosphere. An absolutely wonderful find.

P
London
27 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good

MB
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

For those who need a halfway stop for drinks and eats between Bristol / Bath and London this is perfect. Close to M4, service, food and ambience first rate - and the horsey atmosphere of nearby Lambourn all complete the picture.

EP
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, plenty of vegetables , more than enough for everyone, staff were very friendly, very good value for money, ambience was also very good, had a very enjoyable time.

AJ
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very good value for money. The service was excellent as well. I would definitely recommend to friends and family.

j
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Whilst the food and the setting were very good, the service was poor.
The staff were pleasant and helpful, but there did not seem enough of them to deal with the number of customers.
We had to actually ask for everything, wine lists, table water,dessert menu and eventually everything took so long that our taxi arrived before we had time for coffee, although we'd been at our table for nearly 3 hours.

OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great country pub and delightful staff. Really good food, too. Highly recommend.

DG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, very nicely presented. Friendly staff. Will come again.

C
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious food and good service made the evening very enjoyable

BR
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We had a slight problem with our Starter. It was handled very well and knocked off the bill.
We did seem to wait some while between Courses but they were very busy. On a Thursday lunch?
Also we were with old friends so it was not a problem for us.
A good luncheon.

RM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good food
Service was excellent and the house wine was good

RL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food with interesting specials. Would recommend to anyone as a great pub for lunch any day.

m
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

we've visited this pub for a few years now and have always had a good evening. My partner has gone Vegan this month and we visited on Saturday night as the website had a good vegan menu. He enjoyed the starter but it was missing the root vegetable crisps but he enjoyed the soup. However, the main course (tofu burger) was not very good at all. It wasn't a burger but slap of wet tofu. He complained and the waitress agreed it didn't look correct. Another member of staff come over to say someone else had also the same issue with their meal. They kindly took the course of our bill. It will not deter us from visiting again but if the restaurant is going to try and appeal to the Vegan dinners they really need to improve

j
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my in-laws, wife and son to celebrate our daughter's birthday - we had a fabulous evening. We had a lovely time - food was superb. Great Vegan menu. Service excellent and great value for money. No hesitation in recommending if you are looking for somewhere special to have a family celebration

JJ
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

OpenTable asked and we provided information that it was our anniversary but this had no impact on our meal and was not mentioned at any point. Not sure if this is down to The Pheasant or OpenTable though.

C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Rather mean helpings (especially the veg: 3 Brussels sprouts, halved, one small kale leaf, half a roast potato and a slice of celeriac) and the crayfish element of a first course ‘crayfish and smoked-salmon salad’ had run out by the time of our order at 1.15. Maybe it was it was a reduced, Sunday lunch menu, but it didn’t live up to reviews or my expectations.

DC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely country pub with a real ‘Racing’ feel
Excellent

J
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb gastro-pub; fantastic food; wonderful country-pub contemporary decor; efficient friendly service; easy access location from M4; reasonably priced too...ticks all the boxes and some! Can’t wait to go back!

LO
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal from menu choice,the service and the food itself

M
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We visited the Pheasant Inn for supper at the end of December. It was a very busy night but the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful; lovely young women. The food was delicious; my husband had soup and halibut and I had burrata salad and venison. There was a rather lovely Christmas pudding dessert special which we both enjoyed. The portions were on the smaller side for a pub, which was perfect for us because we'd been eating a lot over Christmas, so we could try everything without feeling stuffed. As it's a pub, some cutomers can drink quite a lot and get a bit loud even in the restauant, but this certainly doesn't reflect on the quality of the food or the staff.

LH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time. Really excellent fish & chips. Wonderful friendly, fast service. Tables a little crammed in certain places, but a good atmosphere, happy customers. Friendly local crowd at the bar. Very well run.

RC
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Centrally located and ideal for a family (of 9 +2 babes) re-union that is scattered over a 50 mile radius .
Booking and service on the day very helpful and courteous. Food and presentation excellent. With two small children, high chair age, staff very good. Overall performance could not be faulted. I have visited several times and had recommended you. All family very happy. Well done.

CF
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff were lovely. Very reasonably priced too.

AT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an excellent restaurant, the food & service was great 5 stars

C
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to all at the Pheasant for a wonderful Christmas lunch. Lovely, friendly staff. Always smiling and helpful. Fantastic food, beautiful surroundings and a lovely relaxed ambience . A lovely experience. I would thoroughly recommend.

ID
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food in pleasant surroundings, very close to the M4 and so much better than a service station for a stop. Turns a dull journey into a pleasure.

JR
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Kelly, Bea and bar staff were all very welcoming & attentive to our needs - we will definitely be visiting again soon. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all at The Pheasant. Jason (Cirencester)

JG
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great atmosphere and lovely evening as always.

w
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent all round experience as usual. Thoroughly recommend to anyone.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although busy and despite turning up slightly later than expected, the staff were exceptionally accommodating. Food was delicious and staff were always around to help and smiling. Had a great feel all round and would highly recommend this restaurant!