The Pheasant Pub with rooms in Hungerford, Berkshire

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Iconic racing pub in Lambourn Valley
  • Spruced up with style in 2016
  • Interior oozes rustic-chic charm
  • Good modern British food
  • Brilliant back bar; drinks galore
  • Cosy rooms; attention to detail
  • Best M4 (J14) pit-stop for miles

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Overview

The Pheasant Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 7AA

The personal touch

Jack Greenall took the reins of the legendary Pheasant, much-loved among the Lambourn Valley horse-racing set, in January 2016 and promptly restored its reputation as a cracking inn and the best M4 pit-stop for miles – you’ll find it just north of junction 14 beside the B4000. The former drovers’ retreat may have morphed into rambling roadside inn following the addition of a new-build bedroom extension, but the gently refurbished bar and dining rooms ooze rustic-chic charm. Original beams, wood-panelling, stone floors and blazing fires have been beautifully matched with warm rich colours, comfortable cushioned settles, elegant old dining tables, big mirrors, shelves of books, and a fine collection of horse-related prints, photos and paintings. Arrive early to bag the chesterfield sofa in the cosy snug room. The TV remains tuned to the racing, so expect to rub shoulders with jockeys and trainers whilst ordering a pint.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome at the Pheasant; smaller portions are available; and fold-down beds (£10 – for children under 12) can be added to the rooms. No cots, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar area; jar of biscuits in the bar

Alfresco

There are tables and chairs on the grassy area close to the entrance and you’ll find find a small beer garden to the rear of the pub.

What’s the Damage?

11 doubles/twin £100-£120. Sunday night deal: £70 per person to include a 3-course dinner, bottle of Berry Bros wine and a glass of Pol Roger champagne on arrival

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

 

Sleep

The Pheasant Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 7AA

Do not disturb

Comfort and elegant understated style extends to eleven en suite bedrooms, which have been given a fresh modern look by London-based interior designer Flora Soames. Through clever combination of bold colours, rich fabrics, striking wall coverings, big lamps, individual artwork and contemporary furnishings she has confidently transformed new-build bedrooms into something very special, all are relaxing, warm and super comfortable. Brilliant bathrooms and welcome detail touches (see below) complete the picture and a cosy overnight stay is guaranteed.

Creature comforts

Bathrobes; Bramley Bathroom Products; hot water bottle; Hampstead Tea & Mozzo Coffee (small milk cartons in fridge downstairs)

Gadgets

Smart TV; Roberts radio with i-pod connector; free wi-fi

What’s for Breakfast?

Pastries; fresh fruit; porridge, maple syrup; grilled Severn & Wye smoked trout, tomato chutney, Dijon mustard cream sauce; bacon or sausage bap, homemade brown sauce; avocado & poached eggs, full English breakfast

What’s the Damage?

11 doubles/twin £100-£120. Sunday night deal: £70 per person to include a 3-course dinner, bottle of Berry Bros wine and a glass of Pol Roger champagne on arrival

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

 

Eat & Drink

The Pheasant Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 7AA

Mastering the menu

Having spent time in the kitchen at Jack’s father’s pub, the excellent Duncombe Arms at Ellastone, head chef Andy Watts joined Jack’s journey at the Pheasant in February 2016 and hasn’t looked back. Andy’s changing menus are rooted in classic modern British cooking and his dishes successfully combine the best ingredients from local artisan suppliers, including rare breed beef from Hungerford Park and Kelmscott pork. He bakes bread daily and everything is freshly prepared in the kitchen, including the fruity brown sauce that accompanies the delicious black pudding Scotch egg on the starter menu. Andy’s passion is for cooking fresh fish, so look to the chalkboard for the day’s catch, perhaps halibut with foraged sea vegetables and saffron potatoes.

On the menu

(Starters: £6.50-£9; Main Courses: £12-£20; Desserts £)

Black pudding Scotch egg, brown sauce, crispy pancetta, honey; Crab fritters, saffron mayonnaise, tomato salsa; Seared pigeon breast, celeriac remoulade, pomegranate molasses

Cod, Thai coconut broth, mussels & clams, foraged sea vegetables, pak choi, spinach; Ramsbury ale battered fish & chips, crushed peas, tartare sauce; Steak & ale pie, mustard mash, red wine sauce; Pumpkin risotto, parmesan, crispy sage, onion rings

Lunchtime sandwiches

(£7-£7.50)

Fish fingers & tartare sauce; Welsh rarebit; roast beef sirloin, horseradish mayonnaise, parmesan; roast ham, watercress, mustard mayonnaise

Sunday Roasts

(£16-£17)

Slow roast lamb shoulder; rare roast beef sirloin; Kelmscott pork loin, all served with Yorkshire pudding; garlic & herb roast potatoes, seasonal vegetable & red wine sauce

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 10.30am (from 8.30am weekends & Bank Holidays)
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm (5pm Sunday)
Dinner: 6pm – 9.30pm (9pm Sunday & Bank Holidays)

Local, local, local

Kelmscott pork (www.kelmscottcountrypork.co.uk)

Cheeses from Alex James (www.alexjamespresents.co.uk)

Sausages & wild meat – Viccars Game (www.vicarsgame.co.uk)

Rare breed beef – Hungerford Park (www.hungerfordpork.com)

Marlborough Mushrooms (www.marlboroughmushrooms.com)

Mozzo Coffee (www.mozzocoffee.com)

Behind the bar

The bar may not be big but the fantastic choice of drinks on offer certainly packs a punch. Ale lovers can choose between Marston’s Pedigree, local Ramsbury Gold or Pheasant Ale on tap. Shelves groan with spirit bottles, including some unusual boutique gins (Silent Pool, Edinburgh, Twisted Nose, Monkey 47, Watercress Gin, King of Soho), vodka (Chase, Ramsbury, Isle of Wight, Grey Goose), and 30 different malt whiskies. Expect a find a 70-bin list of wines from Berry Bros and Bibendum, with 28 served by the glass. Drivers have a choice of premium juice brands, including Frobishers and Fever Tree, the latter goes well with Seedlip, the first non-alcoholic distilled spirit.

Bar snacks

(£3-£6)

Popcorn cockles, sweet red onion & sherry vinegar

English charcuterie (Kelmscott pork), pickles & parmesan

Artisan breads, olive oil, balsamic & garlic butter

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm (12 noon – 10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

11 doubles/twin £100-£120. Sunday night deal: £70 per person to include a 3-course dinner, bottle of Berry Bros wine and a glass of Pol Roger champagne on arrival

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Pheasant

2

Laverstock Park Farm Shop, Overton RG25 3DR

Certified as organic and biodynamic, this multi award-winning farm is owned by former Formula 1 champion Jody Schecktar. With its own on-site butchers, the farm shop provides an outlet for its products, including organic meats, seasonal fruit and veg grown in the walled garden, prize-winning mozzarella, ice cream buffalo milk and beers.

3

Leckford Farm Shop, Stockbridge SO20 6EH

Five minutes' drive from The Greyhound on the Test, this Waitrose-owned farm shop stocks over a 1000 different products. Although they use 60 local suppliers, many of the items are produced on the estate itself, including the wheat used in its own-label flour, milk, apples, pears, free-range eggs and chickens. There's a cafe, too, offering a breakfast and lunch menu.

4

Ramsbury Brewery, Ramsbury, Marlborough SN8 2NN

Whether your preference is for traditional best bitter or something stronger, this brewery stocks a range for all tastes, including its Deer Hunter, Ramsbury Gold and also Silver Pig Stout. As part of the Ramsbury Estate, they use barley and water that comes from their own land and offer tours of the brewery.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Pheasant

Activities

15

The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE

The present theatre is mid-19th century though there has been a mill here since the time of the Doomsday Book. The Watermill is just the place to combine peace and tranquility and a picturesque riverside setting with theatre of the highest calibre. Many major productions have been staged at this prestigious playhouse.

16

Newbury Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ

Dating back to the start of the 20th century and used as a POW camp for German prisoners during the First World War, Newbury Racecourse has courses for flat races and over jumps. Long a popular venue for the Royal Family, this is where Her Majesty the Queen celebrated her 86th birthday.

17

Bucklebury Farm Park, Bucklebury, Reading RG7 6RR

An ideal attraction for plenty of family fun and entertainment, Bucklebury Farm Park is located to the east of Newbury. The farm has lots of animals, play equipment and even a zip wire. You’ll also find a farm shop, café and range of picnic tables.

18

Hot-Air Ballooning over Berkshire

Weather permitting, you might get a bird’s eye view of West Berkshire and even the stunning landscape that surrounds the Pheasant. There’s no better way to appreciate the beauty of this corner of England than from the basket of a hot-air balloon.

19

Thruxton racing circuit, Thruxton, Andover SP11 8PW

Thruxton Motorsport Centre, near Andover, is the perfect playground for Top Gear petrol heads. This is where you get to drive your dream car on Britain’s fastest race circuit. In addition to circuit driving experiences, there’s 4x4 off-road driving and plenty more opportunity for thrills and adventure.

Shopping

7

The White Horse Bookshop, High Street, Marlborough SN8 1HN

The White Horse Bookshop in Marlborough’s handsome High Street has an excellent selection of books – both bestsellers and lesser-known titles. The shop also stocks a wide range of quality art materials, including Daler-Rowney and Winsor & Newton paints.

8

Below Stairs of Hungerford, Hungerford RG17 0NB

An amazing and unique shop specialising in items from the 19th and early 20th century, and an ideal hunting ground for anyone doing up an old house. If you need door furniture or actual doors, coat hooks or stair rods, light fittings or kitchenware, or have an obsession with medical collectables, or old keys, fishing tackle or shop fittings, this place is highly recommended. Everything is beautifully arranged as well.

20

Bertie Golightly, Marlborough SN8 1HU

Vintage, pre-owned designer fashion is the theme at Bertie Golightly in Marlborough’s Kingsbury St. One of the first top designer re-sale boutiques, Bertie’s has an established clientele and items by many top names, including Chanel and Burberry.

21

The Henge Shop, Avebury SN8 1RF

If you’ve been to visit Avebury’s ancient stones, don’t leave without visiting the Henge Shop where, as the owners put it, you’ll discover ‘a variety of subjects from the archaeological to the arcane.’ Gold, silver and pewter jewellery, woollen hats and dowsing rods are among the eclectic mix.

22

Natures Corner, Newbury RG14 1AE

This is Newbury’s only independent health food store and here you’ll find organic items, natural remedies and therapies, body care, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and many unusual gifts.

23

White Coco, Hungerford RG17 0EG

Located in Bridge Street, at the bottom end of Hungerford High Street, White Coco’s sole aim is to offer customers a handpicked, carefully chosen collection of clothes that provide a ‘different’ look. Clothes are stylish, quirky and fun.

24

Roxtons, Hungerford RG17 0EH

A trip to the small Berkshire town of Hungerford is always an enjoyable experience. On your next visit, make time to visit Roxtons, the outdoor clothing expert. You’ll find all manner of gifts and stocking fillers here – including candles, fragrances and tableware.

Places to visit

2

Whitchurch Silk Mill RG28 7AL

Dating from 1800 and restored by the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, Whitchurch is the oldest silk mill in the country. Weavers work here using 19th-century machinery.

3

Ashdown House, Lambourn RG17 8RE

Built for the Queen of Bohemia in the 17th century and remotely situated in windswept downland country near Lambourn in Berkshire, Ashdown House has the look of an elegant dolls' house. The house is small and intimate, with a striking staircase hung with fine 17th-century paintings. Ashdown is tenanted, so check opening times before visiting.

4

Uffington White Horse, Uffington SN7 7QJ

The most famous white horse of them all and dating from the Bronze Age, the horse can be seen from miles away and is surely one of the most evocative sights in southern England. The location, at the head of a dry valley on the Ridgeway escarpment, is equally dramatic, and the hill figure is only part of what you can see here. The steeply rippled sides of the valley known as 'The Manger' are the result of retreating permafrost.To the east of that is Dragon Hill, said to be where St George slew the dragon, its blood leaving a scar where nothing grows. The Iron Age hill fort, known as Uffington Castle, crowns White Horse Hill and is the highest point in Oxfordshire, with views over six counties. And across the property there are Neolithic burial mounds, reused until Saxon times.

6

Wayland's Smithy, Ashbury SN6 8NX

Wayland's Smithy is a brilliantly atmospheric Neolithic chambered tomb, about 2km along the Ridgeway from the Uffington White Horse. Its name comes from the story that the Saxon smith god, Wayland, lived there and would shoe any horse left with a coin overnight.The tomb you can explore today, with its dramatic entrance stones, is the second on this site and was constructed between 3,460 and 3,400 BC.

9

Highclere Castle, Highclere Park, Highclere RG20 9RN

Remodelled and virtually rebuilt by Sir Charles Barry in the mid-19th century, Highclere Castle is now one of Britain’s best-known houses, thanks to the international success of the award-winning ITV television series Downton Abbey, whose producers chose much of the interior for filming. A tour of the house and park is a must.

11

Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR

One of the area’s oldest buildings, Shaw House is a prime example of an early symmetrical H-plan Elizabethan mansion. The house was built by a local clothier and visited by Elizabeth I. In the 1940s it became a school, though concerns about the structure led to a £6 million restoration. Shaw House opened its doors to the public in 2008 for the first time in over 400 years.

12

Silchester Roman Town, Reading RG7 2HG

Probably better known as Calleva Atrebatum, Silchester offers an intriguing insight into the Roman Occupation when this was the site of an important town. Walk between the walls to get a real flavour of community life during this fascinating period.

13

Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, Newbury RG20 9JT

Built in 1926-27, Sandham is an unusual war memorial. Inside are hugely impressive and ambitious murals by Stanley Spencer, which took six years to complete and are reputed to be the most important series of decorative paintings produced in England in the 20th century. The images represent scenes from the Great War in which Spencer served as an orderly in a military hospital. The chapel is managed by the National Trust.

14

Welford Park, Newbury RG20 8HU

This is just the place to visit if you like snowdrops. The park is open daily in February when extensive drifts of this delicate little flower create a dazzling picture. The little church of St Gregory has an octagonal spire and a rare round tower. Fans of The Great British Bake Off will recognize this parkland landscape instantly. The BBC series was filmed here.

Walking

www.walkinginberks.co.uk
Though small, Berkshire benefits from some very varied landscape – much of it ideal for walking. The western half, in the vicinity of the Pheasant, offers the best scenery – a mix of classic English countryside and vast swathes of chalk downland. The Ridgeway long-distance trail is probably the most obvious choice for an invigorating hike over the downs and is easy to reach from Shefford Woodlands. Elsewhere, there are many miles of footpaths and bridleways and sections of the Thames and Kennet & Avon towpaths to enjoy.

Cycling

www.gps-routes.co.uk

Study the Berkshire cycle map and you’ll find a huge range of routes on the Pheasant’s doorstep. The Lambourn and Kennet valleys are perfect for cycling as are the tracks, lanes and bridleways of the county’s remote south-west corner. Many of these routes offer grand views and miles of solitude.

Events

www.visitnewbury.org.uk

There’s plenty of choice in West Berkshire, with festivals and events to suit everyone. Among the annual fixtures is the Newbury Spring Festival (May), held at different venues in and around the town, and the Hungerford & District Community Arts Festival staged in July. Autumn also sees some big events, with the Royal County Show at Newbury Showground, the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury Racecourse and the Victorian Extravaganza in Hungerford.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Situated beside B4000 Lambourn road west of Shefford Woodlands, close to the junction with A338 and just north of the M4 (J14)

By Train: Hungerford railway station is just 4 miles away, an easy taxi ride

Address:

Shefford Woodlands, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 7AA

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