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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Traditional country-pub cooking on the north Essex border

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

A spruced-up 500-year-old country inn on the road between Sudbury and Halstead, The Pheasant's trimly beamed ceilings are exactly what you expect to see, and dining goes on in a trio of interconnecting rooms adorned with plenty of greenery. Battered tiger prawns with garlic mayonnaise feature alongside grilled goats' cheese in sweet chilli dressing, before the main attraction arrives in the shape of local farm sausages with creamy mash and onion gravy, or duck breast with orange and fennel salad. Most things come with hand-cut chips, including the half-pound sirloins, and there are sticky toffee pudding in caramel sauce, or cider-laced apple crumble with real custard bringing up the rear.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef: James Donoghue

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 21
  • Wines over £30: 5
  • Wines by the glass: 7

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16

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