I took on The Pheasant in March 1996, and after struggling with an erratic demand for food decided to concentrate on the local comunity trade by inviting customers to bring their own food instead.
Reopening after lockdown 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 will be seriously challenged by the number of people enjoying the garden who seek shelter indoors. 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; 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. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who refuses to comply.
The garden is ideal for a picnic, and there is a large gas barbecue available for hire by prior arrangement. There are numerous takeaways in Chesham, many of which deliver locally and we keep a selection of menus behind the bar. Hings, our local fish and chip shop, is still closed following lockdown although there is a rumour that they may reopen in September.
On draught we currently have Carlsberg, Amstel, Birra Moretti, Stella, Stowford Press, Guinness, Stan's Big Apple, Doom Bar and a Guest Ale. (Amstel is shortly being replaced by Leffe on draught.)
Bottles include Estrella, Sol, Desperados, Leffe (when I can get it), Newcastle Brown, Waggledance, Magners, Old Mout and San Miguel 0%.
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.