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Gastro-pub with top-notch plot-to-plate cooking

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu

A previous winner of the AA Pub of the Year for England, The Pheasant has become a total success story thanks to the dedicaton of hands-on owners James and Diana Donoghue. On the Essex and Suffolk border and surrounded by lovely countryside, this stylish gastro-pub is blessed in that James was an award-winning garden designer and he has created a kitchen garden which now provides a steady and abundant supply of seasonal organic fruit and vegetables for the restaurant. The one-acre garden is located across the road from the pub and produces soft fruits, onions, leeks, artichokes, beetroots, courgettes and various herbs and lettuces. Potatoes destined for the chips, mash and Sunday lunch roasties are grown ten miles away in Wormingford and the kitchen staff peel ten sacks of them a week. Enterprising James even keeps bees and he also smokes his own fish, much of it sourced from south coast day boats and delivered up to four times a week. Accompany your meal with a pint of Adnams ale or the pub’s own Pheasant Bitter, brewed by Woodforde’s in Norfolk. Alternatively, enjoy a glass of Suffolk-made Aspall cider.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1st 2 weeks January
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: all week 12-2.30
  • Dinner: all week 6.30-9.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Adnams Southwold Bitter, Woodforde's Pheasant Bitter, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A131 from Sudbury towards Castle Hedingham. Right, follow Castle Hedingham sign, through Gestingthorpe to Audley End

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