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The Pheasant Country Bar & Restaurant

The Pheasant Country Bar & Restaurant


Church Street,


The Pheasant pub restaurant at Gestingthorpe, award winner of the best newcomer restaurant in Essex in 2008, is set in the middle of rural countryside, ideal for pub walks, situated between Castle Hedingham and Sudbury. Owners Diana & James Donoghue have converted this charming country pub, serving locally sourced food in a welcoming setting, with wood burning stoves alight in winter providing a snug and cosy atmosphere and during summer, the view from the garden is breathtaking where you see for miles and enjoy alfresco dining.
James's former profession was garden design, James exhibited at the RHS, Chelsea flower show 2003, you can now visit his garden at the Pheasant and as you will see, gardening is still a huge passion of James. There are raised vegetable beds to provide the fruit and vegetables for the restaurant, all organic, such as various tomatoes, which have been grown from seed. In addition, James keeps Bees and uses some of his honey for dressings and salads and using in his recipes.
The menu is bursting with seasonal choice, all homemade pies and puddings and with the Smokery on-site, home smoked fish, is the specialty. Additionally, all of this you can purchase from the pub bar.
The Pheasant is child friendly and are most welcome here, and receive half portions of the fantastic real pub food.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Accepts groups

Children welcome

Best Newcomer Restaurant 2008. Recommended in the Good Beer Guide Camra.



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Map reference: TL 813375  Lat: 52.00632 Long: 0.64003

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Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Sudbury station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

Best Newcomer Restaurant 2008. Recommended in the Good Beer Guide Camra.