Perched above Berkshire’s Valley of the Racehorse, the Pheasant has hospitality pedigree stretching back 450 years to when it sheltered drovers herding livestock from Wales to London.
Today, however, the recently refurbished pub shelters a more contemporary clientele with an eleven en-suite guest rooms offer and prides itself on an “adventurous” drinks menu and modern British cooking.
Run by Jack Greenall since January 2016, the Pheasant landing in the Top 50 Gastropubs list comes as no surprise, after all, Jack’s dad Johnny and his wife Laura manage peak district pub the Duncombe Arms also making its debut this year – albeit seven places higher in the standings.
However, far from getting in a flap over family rivalry, Greenall and the Pheasant boast a highly affordable menu rooted in classic modern British cooking and underpinned by the notion of bringing together the best ingredients, simply and deliciously.
Far from winging it, the pub’s regularly changing menu showcases the finest meat, fish and artisan products from around the country, according to its website, while its diverse daily specials put local and seasonal ingredients centre stage.
“It’s important to us to work with local suppliers and family firms who help us constantly refresh our menus with the best seasonal and year-round produce,” the Pheasant’s website – which credits the each of the pub’s suppliers – explains.
What’s more, the Pheasant’s highly generous offer currently extends to a ‘Build your own hamper’ service, daily breakfast and a pledge that any guests who spend more than £100 in the restaurant on a Sunday evening will be offered the chance to delay taking wing until Monday with a free-of-charge stay in one of its rooms.