The Pheasant Inn

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485 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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AJ
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
9 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!

JN
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

gorgeous meal in a lovely atmosphere - brilliant service too, my new fav!

TL
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely place, easily found just off the M4. Great, attentive, staff. Menu is a little “fish focussed” with limited meat options. I had the burger which was pleasant enough.

C
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and very friendly service. Would highly recommend

JB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very efficient, well trained staff who are attentive make certain that customers are well looked after.
The food was stunningly brilliant and beautifully presented. The quality of the fish and meat is outstanding whilst the vegetable are fresh and tasty.
I highly recommend the Pheasant but I suggest booking is essential.

SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly but efficient service. The food was excellent and the restaurant was warm and ambient. We’ll definitely be back.

AH
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, good service, pleasant surroundings, lovely table for a long leisurely lunch with friends.

HF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We booked a table for 5 for a Christmas Dinner and we were not advised that we needed to pre-book /order this in advance. On arrival we were given the same general menu. The staff arranged for 3 of our party who wanted Turkey to have it but it was pretty poor. The veg was limited , no carrots or Brussels, the spinach very lacklustre and no flavour and the roast potatoes were not very palatable. For the price it was not great. We ate because we were hungry and did not complain as the staff had tried to be helpful.
It’s such a shame because we love this place for warmth and it’s ambience but often the food and inexperience of the young staff lets this place down.

AT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service...………..
Looking forward to returning

PS
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We all had fish and chips, which was tasty and well served. Staff were friendly and helpful. An improvement on our last visit - definitely worth the journey. We will be back.

AS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a lovely venue - warm, comfortable and quirky and the service was prompt and friendly. The food was very good although my chicken schnitzel was a bit dry and I had a touch of meal envy with my friends whose fish dishes looked better. Could’ve used a bit more veg with my choice.

My friends’ cheese board was v impressive and my dessert was lovely.

Will definitely return.

T
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A super lunch, lovely food and great attentive service. They couldn't have been more accommodating. It was my elderly Mothers birthday and they made it very special.

F
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been coming to the Pheasant for over 40 years. Never disappointed even when it has changed hands. Food is excellent, imaginative and always delivers. See you again soon Pheasant.

AJ
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this pub wish we lived nearer the food /service is always outstanding

PA
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

OUR FIRST VISIT TO THE PHEASANT INN, SHEFFORD WOODLANDS. THE BEST PUB FOOD I HAVE TASTED IN RECENT YEARS AND CERTAINLY THE BEST AROUND NEWBURY! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
PAUL & SARAH