The Pheasant Inn

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453 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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HF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PS
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PA
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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

JM
Shropshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was perfect, the 4 star for food was simply a reflection that one of our orders was incorrect but the staff were EXTREMELY apologetic and it was resolved in a timely manner. The staff were more upset than we were. Overall we had a lovely meal, in a lovely atmosphere with wonderful staff. 👍🏼

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our evening was great; lovely areas within the bar for pre-dinner drinks followed by a delicious dinner in the restaurant area. We all enjoyed our food; it was extremely tasty and well presented.

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Consistent food, fantastic staff and great atmosphere. Really, excellent local pub.

CR
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable evening. Top notch service, food and great atmosphere.

SI
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

So glad I decided to book as extremely busy, which is the only reason the service didn't get top marks too!
Will definitely be returning.

SJ
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our Sunday lunch at the Pheasant - very cosy, great ambience and good food - all perfect.

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

But someone stole my wallet. How and why did that happen.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ordered two main courses of Gnocchi. When it was served we pointed out to the waitress that both these portions were on the small side as if served as the first course. The waitress checked with the Chef whom firmly told her that the serving we had was a main course item.
Me and cousin and I doubted this and we left the restaurant disappointed.
With regard to the room it was obvious that the previous occupations did not make either tea or coffee as the flex on the kettle was too short for it to be plugged in a suitable socket. The manager had to collect a further adaptor and a waitress made teas and coffees for us in the kitchen.
Room One needed to be thought out regarding facilities.
David Barttelot
Both these issues down rated our stay.
Could have been better

LL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Overall a pleasant, relaxing experience with friendly, respectful and attentive staff making all the difference. However the food was pretty disappointing, especially at the price. Bland, totally lacking inspiration and flair, luke warm, raw veg and garnish obviously wilted and not fresh. We went for the food and left feeling cheated of the dining experience we were hoping for. Chefs need to up their game because they definitely let the serving staff down. Big shame.

C
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet. Lovely lunch and great service

LJ
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and fantastic service. We were very well looked after. Enjoyable day at the Pheasant Inn

IC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, friendly staff and nice atmosphere. The only downside is the car park which is sometimes so full it becomes a problem.

EM
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, the food was amazing, the fish was cooked perfectly and the batter was superb.

VT
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very special and happy time - a birthday lunch for my friend. Excellent food and a most relaxing atmosphere. Perfect!

JG
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Sunday lunch. The waitress went above and beyond organising lovely birthday treat for out party. Excellent food will definitely be back.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal & stay @ The Pheasant, very comfortable rooms & helpful, friendly staff.
Will highly recommend

a
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and nice to have a full vegan menu!

Very warm and cosy atmosphere

JM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great mid-country location for a business lunch. Very pleasant service and good selection of food from the snack to the sophiscated - lobster and chips!

n
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very civilised nice service I would prefer slightly fuller fat milk or even single cream in my coffee!

TK
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food and service and a buzzy atmosphere. A great lunch - again. Thank you.

AV
London
55 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub, very cosy with a log fire and nice ambience.
Food was hot and beautifully cooked. Very interesting varied menu - also have great gluten free options.
Very impressed for our first visit and will definitely recommend.

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Utterly charming staff, great atmosphere, good food, the best of gastropubs. Always busy for a reason.

Q
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Meet friends here quite often & would thoroughly recommend The Pheasant. Well done.

JM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb fish and chips with the lightest batter and lovely triple cooked chips

NS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere, service was quite slow (but is was busy peak lunchtime) overall very good and will return

c
Warwickshire
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Suitable location for racehorse enthusiasts. Excellent parking and good food with quick friendly service.

ME
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very relaxed atmosphere. The rump of lamb was delicious as was the panna cotta. Service was very good. Highly recommended.

WB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Slightly crowded, but very good. Lively smiley staff xx

MR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely meal, my Mushroom and Truffle Risotto was cooked to perfection, I even had some to bring home with me! Friendly and polite staff.

p
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A brilliant experience. The food was brilliant and served quickly, the value for money is reasonable and I will definitely be going back!

HT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Couple of small issues but resolved durning the meal.

HS
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely Saturday lunch get together. We were very impressed with the choices available. Food was very well presented and extremely tasty. Excellent wine choices too. What we liked in particular was the attentive staff who were very pleasant and knowledgeable when discussing food and wine choices.