Reopening after two lockdowns has been 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 so there is now a covered area on the patio which will be very useful during the winter months.
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; in addition, you may use the NHS app QR code which is displayed prominently. Anyone who tests positive within 5 days of a visit is asked to let me know so I can identify exposure and warn anyone potentially affected. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who refuses to comply. We have fixed screens around the bar and automatic wall-mounted sanitizers strategically placed for everyone's protection.
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 has been based in our car park since April serving most Fridays and some Saturdays in the early evening. With the darker, colder evenings it has been decided that the 8th and 9th October will be their last regular service here until next year although they will still be available for hire (see below).
Everything is home made and freshly cooked to order - you can order via their website www.therocketoven.co.uk or just turn up. Food can be taken away or consumed here with a lovely refreshing pub drink!
Their style is "Gourmet Street Food" and their bespoke Airstream trailer is available for hire for receptions, parties and festivals. Please see their website for contact details and more information. Hopefully by the spring they will be fully mobile as originally intended and we will have a place on The Rocket Route.
On draught we currently have Carlsberg, Birra Moretti, Stella, Stowford Press, Guinness, Stan's Big Apple, Doom Bar and a Guest Ale.
Bottles include Sol, Budvar, Desperados, Red Stripe, Newcastle Brown, Waggledance, Directors, Bulmers and Old Mout.
In addition to traditional spirits we have an impressive selection of modern gins, 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.