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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.
Church Street, Gestingthorpe, Sudbury, Essex, CO9 3AU
Map reference: TL 813375 Lat: 52.00632 Long: 0.64003
Parking : free
Accessible by Public Transport : 4 miles (6.4 kms) from Sudbury station
Best Newcomer Restaurant 2008.
Recommended in the Good Beer Guide Camra.