I took on The Pheasant in March 1996, and after struggling with an erratic demand for food decided to concentrate on the local community trade by inviting customers to bring their own food instead. New for 2021 is The Rocket Oven which is currently based in our car park and serving Friday from 5pm and Saturday from midday. Booking is advisable - it has been extremely busy so far! Everything is home made and freshly cooked to order - you can order via their website www.therocketoven.co.uk and book a collection slot in the process. Food can be taken away or consumed in the pub garden.
Reopening after the first lockdown was a huge challenge. We are a fairly small pub with a large garden; on a nice summer's day if it suddenly rains we are seriously challenged by the number of people enjoying the garden who seek shelter indoors. Restrictions will still be in place when we reopen on 17th May so please be aware of that if you visit us on a day when the weather forecast threatens potential downpours!
There are automatic wall-mounted sanitizers by each doorway and beside the juke box and more sanitizers on the bar at the two service points, the rest of the bar is closed off and protected by perspex screens for our mutual safety. The layout of the pub is such that visibility is good and distancing is easily possible if everyone is sensible. You may play pool or darts but can only consume alcohol if seated. Masks are also required at all times when not seated. This can work, just be aware and considerate towards others.
We have a customer database on the till; if you are already registered on it all we need is a reminder of your name to log you in. New customers will be asked for contact details., or you may use the NHS app QR code which is displayed prominently. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who refuses to comply.
On draught we currently have Carlsberg, Birra Moretti, Stella, Stowford Press, Guinness, Stan's Big Apple, Doom Bar and a Guest Ale.
Bottles include Estrella, Budvar, Desperados, Leffe (when I can get it), Newcastle Brown, Waggledance, Directors, Bulmers and Old Mout.
In addition to traditional spirits we have an impressive selection of modern gins in addition to a number of flavoured vodkas and some interesting rums. And of course plenty of classic and modern soft drinks.
Wine is served in 125ml, 175ml and 250ml by the glass; we have Shiraz, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Rose. Also Prosecco .... and Freixinet ... and Moet ....
We are open from 5pm Mon-Thurs; 4pm Friday; 12 midday at weekends and on ALL Bank Holidays. We are not usually open at lunchtime during the week, but we are available for small private functions such as presentations or funerals outside of our usual opening hours. Please phone or email for more information.
Our house charity is Great Ormond Street Hospital; my eldest grand-daughter owes her current good health to their care and we are immensely grateful to the medical team for their continued care and support.