The Pheasant Inn – Shefford Woodlands, Berkshire
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Looking for a stylish yet cosy escape that’s easy to reach from town? Here it is. Opened three years ago by charming young Jack Greenall, The Pheasant ticks all boxes. Though just moments from the M4, the old drovers’ inn stands alone and feels properly rural, with uninterrupted views across the Berkshire Downs. Inside, thanks to the spot-on taste of Jack and interior designer Flora Soames, it’s smart and sophisticated yet also intimate and warm in its racing green and red (the inn is much frequented by trainers and jockeys) with plenty of quiet, comfy corners despite the constant buzz at the bar. Upstairs, there are 11 immaculate, spoiling, incredibly good value bedrooms, full of thoughtful extras. As for chef Andy Watts’ superior pub grub, it’s spot on too: Scotch eggs like you’ve never tasted before, chateaubriand of Wiltshire beef to share and fabulous puddings. Jack has a hit on his hands, but he doesn’t stand still: now there’s a gorgeous new private dining room designed by Octavia Dickinson, already popular with shooting parties.
Doubles from £115
+44 (0)1488 648284; thepheasant-inn.co.uk