Welcome to The Pheasant, the award-winning pub, restaurant and hotel on the Essex/Suffolk border.

We are closed for lunch on Mondays commencing Monday 6th October and open for dinner from 6.30pm.

We are delighted to announce that we have recently been awarded AA Pub of the Year for England 2014/15. The winners of this prestigious award stand out as truly excellent all-round pubs or inns. They successfully combine the provision of enjoyable food, comfortable accommodation, a great pub atmosphere and a warm welcome with a high standard of management.

Nestled on the Essex/Suffolk border, with views over the surrounding countryside, The Pheasant pub has opened a brand new boutique hotel, inspired by historical local icons. The pub’s Coach House country hotel opened its doors in July 2006, and have already welcomed guests from as far as Southern California in America. Our new, stylish hotel rooms are proving to be a big success. We decided to name the hotel rooms after local notable people to celebrate East Anglia’s heritage. Iconic figures like Gainsborough and Constable are well known, but we also wanted to celebrate lesser known people who have strong connections to the area.

Guests arriving for a refreshing drink, delicious dinner, or peaceful overnight stay in our boutique hotel, soon see that comfort and quality are served as standard. We have created a warm and inviting restaurant, serving freshly prepared, locally sourced regional food every day of the week. Comfortable chairs, beautiful oak tables and an open fire create an intimate and friendly atmosphere. We want our guests to know where they are in the country, and what time of year it is when it comes to our menu.

Please, take a look around our site, and feel free to call on 01787 461196, if you need any further information. We look forward to welcoming you at The Pheasant soon!

Sous Chef & Full Time Assistant Manager
The Pheasant at Gestingthorpe – Gestingthorpe

We are a small country pub located on the Essex/Suffolk border run by husband and wife team, James & Diana Donoghue. We serve freshly prepared produce, some grown by ouselves in our 1 acre kitchen garden, so seasonal ingredients are a must. We also have our own smokehouse and can provide fantastic smoked fish to put on the menu.
Our food is honest and simply cooked and offer good quality ingredients from superb local producers with-in 10 miles, we also look for quality produce above all such as our Salmon from Westeross on the west coast of Scotland.
We have been recognised in all the guides, The Good Food Guide, AA Rosette, and a listing in The Michelin Guide together with industry awards such as Good Food Pub of the Year and Chef of the Year.
We are looking for Full Time Assistant Manager & Chefs of all levels, Sous Chef, Chef de Partie and Apprentice Chef to keep up the standard of cooking that owner and chef James Donoghue has constistantly maintained.
If you feel that you would like to be a part of an award winning successful country pub and enjoy working in a small team, please contact James or Diana on 01787 465010 or email your CV to us.
Please note this is a live-out position and the applicant needs to be with-in 30 minutes driving distance


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AA Ratings

We are pleased to annouce that we have recently been awarded 5 AA Stars for our first class accommodation and 1 AA Rosette for dining.

James & Diana Donoghue have transformed the Pheasant since ownership in 2006 and with the addition of a Smokehouse, a 1 acre garden to grow all their own fruit and vegetables and in 2011 built 5 luxurious bedrooms. Entry into the Good Food Guide 2013, and Winner of the Best Pub and Chef of the Year 2012. Finalist of the Best Rural Business in East Anglia 2011 & 2012.

You will be guaranteed a warm welcome with wood burning fires alight, creating a cosy atmosphere with excellent selection of wine and local beer, even their own Pleasant Pheasant Bitter and freshly prepared produce.

Sat 12th & Sunday 13th July 2014 Steam & Beer Festival

Come along to The Pheasant at Gestingthorpe and see a collection of East Anglian Steam Traction Engines displayed in The Pheasant Kitchen Garden.

All Day BBq with Real Ales served Saturday and Sunday

With Music on Saturday Evening with Kegs in the Bar and on Sunday The Lady Killers New Orleans Jazz Band play in the garden, from Sunday lunchime.

Thursday 17th July from 7.30 arrival for 8pm sit down £37 per person

An Evening of Italian food and wine with 5 tasters accompanied by 5 wines to match
James will be creating 5 Italian inspired tasters accompanied with wines to match. Mark Soudah owner of Grape Passions who has been supplying us with our wine for the last 5 years at The Pheasant. Mark will guide you through the various Italian wines and talk about the different grape varieties. Eleanor Mann will be exhibiting her artwork of various scenes from a recent trip to Venice.

Our Accolades

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Vacancies at The Pheasant

Full-time and Part-time Waiters required, Kitchen Assistants and Apprentice Chef Required

Do you enjoy cooking and creating new dishes? Would you like a career in catering? We can offer you a paid job whilst learning an exciting trade.You will be able to take your NVQs in professional cookery as well as receiving experience of working in a catering environment.

If you are between the age of 16-24 and would like to join our team, please forward your current CV, Please send your CV to diana@thepheasant.net or telephone 01787 465010 and speak to James or Diana.