The Pheasant

UK England East Anglia Essex Halstead

  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Walking
An award-winning country pub with good food and very comfy rooms.

Run by the very experienced and throughly warm and welcoming owner, Diana Donoghue, The Pheasant has pretty much everything you could want from a country inn – good, home-cooked food and a cosy place to eat it, and a handful of extremely comfortable and well-appointed rooms. Located in a peaceful part of rural north Essex, not far from the Suffolk border, it's not a grand operation at all. But it is an exceptionally cosy country pub, and Diana is a very hands-on owner, full of tips on the surrounding area and local sights and walks. A lot of the ingredients for the restaurant are grown in the large garden across the road, bees and hens provide the breakfast honey and eggs, and the pub even has its own smokehouse where they smoke not only fish but also the hops they pass on to local Norfolk brewer Woodforde's to produce their smooth signature Pheasant ale.

Their five rooms are housed in a building behind the pub and most have lovely views over the rolling countryside behind: all are tastefully kitted out and spacious – a couple are huge! – and each is named after a local famous person, for example Thomas Gainsborough, who lived in nearby Sudbury, and Captain Lawrence Oates (of Scott’s doomed Antarctic expedition), who lived in the village and is commemorated in the local church. They all have big and comfortable beds with contemporary, colourful headboards, a mini-fridge with fresh milk and water, tea and proper coffee, flatscreen TVs with Freeview, local handmade toiletries and lots of reading material – plus there's wifi throughout and also in the pub. As for the restaurant, it serves locally sourced, seasonal food that's both well-priced and unpretentious and draws in lots of regulars: fish-and-chips, lovely homemade pies and always roast beef on a Sunday, and usually half a dozen meat and fish main courses – duck breast, liver-and-bacon, shoulder of lamb – along with a couple of specials. Breakfast consists of a small buffet with yoghurt and other goodies plus their own eggs and fabulous bacon and sausages from a nearby farm, which altogether round off a visit very nicely indeed.

Details

Open

Open all year.

Pricing

From £95 a night Sunday–Thursday for the smallest room to £185 a night Friday–Saturday for the largest rooms, including breakfast. They also offer good-value Dinner, Bed & Breakfast deals for £225 a night for 2 people.

Rooms

Five beautifully furnished double rooms, 2 downstairs and 3 on the first floor; 4 have country views, and 2 are the size of junior suites.

Location

Contact Website  01787 465 010  The Pheasant, Gestingthorpe Essex CO9 3AU

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Getting There

From the M11 take the A120 exit towards Colchester/Stansted Airport, and then take the A131 towards Sudbury. Follow the signs to Halstead, go through the town and then follow the road out of Halstead towards Sudbury. Turn left at Oak Road and follow the road for 2 miles; turn left, then immediatley right and you come into the village of Gestingthorpe. The Pheasant is half a mile down on the right.

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