Country Pub & Restaurant on Essex/Suffolk Border
The Pheasant at Gestingthorpe, AA Pub of the Year for England 2014/15, Pub of the Year for Alistair Sawday's 2014/15, Best Gastro Pub for Essex 2015 Essex Tourism & Hospitality Award, Essex Life Chef of the Year 2012, Pub of the Year for Essex Life 2012, Best Food Pub in East Anglia 2011, plus AA rosette for culinary excellence and 5 AA Stars for its first class accommodation.
In the last ten years, we have won various awards for all our hard work and are now starting to reap what they have sown. The Pheasant sits between Halstead and Sudbury amid rolling countryside. A 500-year old building, the pub restaurant has been completely redecorated by Diana Donoghue since they purchased it in the summer of 2006, with the addition of a Smoke House in 2007 and then built a separate dwelling for 5 luxury en-suite bedrooms at the rear of the car-park completed 2011 and then, the purchase of a 1 acre garden to grow their own fruit and vegetables.The Pheasant is a small country pub with beams running across the ceiling and the dining area is spread across three rooms with an archway between.. Recently re-decorated with homely and comforting upholstery, each room has a welcoming wood burner to keep the winter chill at bay and there's a genuinely homely feel about the place, with its natural wood tables and plenty of interesting reading matter within arms reach.
Owner Diana Donoghue have transformed the business since taking over in 2006, with the addition of a Smoke House and a 5 bed-roomed boutique style bed and breakfast.
The Pheasant is set in the middle of rural countryside, ideal for long walks, situated between Castle Hedingham and Sudbury.